Singer and impresario
Singer and impresario Laura Williams Bookasta died of Alzheimer’s disease Nov. 2 in Alhambra, Calif. She was 88.
With her sister Tudy, she co-founded the singing Williams Sisters and was discovered by Bing Crosby at the age of 15. Crosby took the sisters on tour and featured them on his radio show. She then became a singer for the orchestra of former child star George Bookasta. After marrying Bookasta, she retired from perfoming when she had two sons.
In the 1960s, she formed a music management company with her sister Tudy and son Gary, and then created L.A. nightclub the Hullabaloo at Sunset and Vine.
After the Hullabaloo was sold, she helped Gary launch radio station KROQ in 1972. In her later years, she created a popular line of dolls under the name Grandma Laura.
She is survived by sons Gary and Michael, a grandson, two great-grandsons and her sister.