×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Vocalist Toni Arden dies at 88

Had big hit with 'Padre' in 1958

Toni Arden, a chanteuse whom Frank Sinatra called a “singer’s singer,” died at her home in Lake Worth, Fla., on May 29. She was 88.

Arden began has a singer with big bands in the 1940s before she going solo in 1946 and signing her first major-label contract in 1949, with Columbia Records. Her hits at Columbia included “I Can Dream, Can’t I?” (which reached No. 7 on the Billboard charts), “Too Young” (No. 15), “Kiss of Fire” (No. 14) and “I’m Yours” (No. 24).

She moved to Decca Records in the mid-1950s and scored her biggest-selling single with “Padre” in 1958.

During the 1950s Arden appeared at top nightspots including New York’s Copacabana and as a guest vocalist on a number of television variety shows, including “The Ed Sullivan Show,” “The Jackie Gleason Show,” “The Morey Amsterdam Show,” “The Colgate Comedy Hour,” “Cavalcade of Stars” and “Songs for Sale.” She also appeared in a few films, including the Universal short “Carnival in April” and the 1958 Columbia Pictures musical “Senior Prom.”

Another Arden admirer was fellow singer Vic Damone, who called her “the greatest girl singer in the world.”

Antoinette Ardizzoni was born in Manhattan; her father was a singer with the Metropolitan Opera.

She is survived by her brother, Jan Arden, also a singer.

More Scene

  • Lauren Ash44th Annual Gracie Awards, Show,

    Politics and New Abortion Ban Laws Dominate 2019 Gracie Awards

    Female empowerment was in the air Tuesday night as showrunners, writers and performers gathered at the 44th annual Gracie Awards to celebrate women breaking barriers and shattering glass ceilings within the entertainment industry. Sandra Oh, Patricia Arquette, Rachel Maddow and Connie Britton were among the honorees at the ceremony, which took place at the Beverly [...]

  • Sacha Baron Cohen

    Why Sacha Baron Cohen Credits Donald Trump for ‘Who Is America?’

    Over the course of history, comedians have shared their take on current events with biting commentary on everything from class and gender to fashion and politics, and the current presidential administration is definitely no exception — with President Donald Trump regularly lampooned on shows like “Saturday Night Live” and by late-night TV hosts. But when [...]

  • James Marsden attends the 2019 MOCA

    New Abortion Ban Laws Take Center Stage at MOCA Gala

    Forty years ago in Los Angeles, the decision to invest millions in a museum dedicated exclusively to contemporary art — not to mention its formerly desolate downtown location, where the vibe was more apocalyptic than artsy — was a risky proposition. But now that the city’s cultural heart has shifted south of Hollywood, it seems [...]

  • Robert De Niro Calls for Impeachment,

    Robert De Niro Calls for Impeachment, Imprisonment for Trump, Says Maybe Al Pacino Should Lead Instead

    Robert De Niro honored Al Pacino, his longtime friend and four-time collaborator (with Martin Scorsese’s upcoming film “The Irishman” marking their latest pairing), at the American Icon Awards, and then called for a different type of tribute for President Donald Trump — “impeachment and imprisonment.” “You didn’t think you were going to completely get away without [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content