Mayo, Mary

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Mayo, Mary Gender: F
born on 20 July 1924 at 00:10 (= 12:10 AM )
Place Statesville, North Carolina, 35n47, 80w53
Timezone EST h5w (is standard time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 27°11' s_mo.18.gif s_piscol.18.gif 16°17 Asc.s_taucol.18.gif 06°52'


American singer, best known for her wordless vocals on the space age pop era album, Moon Gas (1963), a collaboration with keyboardist/arranger Dick Hyman and guitarist Vinnie Bell. Early in her career, while part of saxophonist Tex Beneke's postwar version of the Glenn Miller Orchestra, Mayo met bassist and arranger Al Ham who later became her husband. The couple settled in New York City, and had a daughter Lorri. Mayo enjoyed her greatest commercial success leading the studio chorus of the Hillside Singers for the 1971 Coca-Cola jingle, "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing." Two full-length Hillside Singers LPs, both featuring Mayo, were to follow. Mayo died of cancer in December 1985. Time Remembered, a collection of songs she cut for the NPR radio series American Popular Song nine years earlier, was released posthumously in 1986.

Link to The Hillside Singers


  • business associate/partner relationship with Beneke, Tex (born 12 February 1914). Notes: Performed together in the Glenn Miller Orchestra


Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes date and year from Social Security Death Index; and time from her in "American Singers" by Whitney Balliett (University Press of Mississippi, 1979), p. 121: "When I came along, my mother went home to Statesville. I was born just after midnight."


  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Vocalist/ Pop, Rock, etc. (Swing, pop, folk, jingles)