Singer, TV actress, radio announcer

Peggy Taylor, who began her career as a radio singer in Chicago and Decca recording artist and later worked as an actress as well as TV-radio announcer, died Saturday at her home in Cambria. She was 74.

Born in Inglewood and raised in Pasadena, she graduated from U.C. Berkeley in 1949, relocated to Chicago and got a job singing on the “Don McNeil Breakfast Club” on radio station WGN. She stretched her career by becoming the opening act for Red Skelton’s show in Las Vegas and performing solo in intimate club settings. A Decca Records artist, she sang in smart supper clubs ranging from the Colony Club in London to the Fairmont in San Francisco to the Coconut Grove in Los Angeles. She also performed at numerous clubs in the Hollywood area.

A memorial Mass will be held at noon Saturday at the Santa Rosa Catholic Church in Cambria. A reception will take place at 6475 Buckley in Cambria at 3:45 p.m.

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