The Estate of Marlene VerPlanck

NEW YORK, NY -- Doyle is honored to auction jewelry from the estate of acclaimed vocalist Marlene VerPlanck (1933-2018). Born in New Jersey, Marlene began her career at age 19 singing in a nightclub in Newark. She was soon performing with a series of Big Bands, including Tommy Dorsey’s famed band. She later sang backup vocals with such notables as Tony Bennett, Perry Como, Mel Torme, Frank Sinatra and even the rock group, Kiss.

Along the way, Marlene began singing commercial jingles for television and radio. Among her most memorable were Campbell’s Soup’s “Mmm, Mmm Good” song, “Weekends were made for Michelob,” "Winstons Taste Good (like a cigarette should),” and "Nationwide is on your side."

Marlene became a popular jazz singer and interpreter of the great American songbook in New York’s cabaret circuit. The New York Times wrote in 1980, she “may be the most accomplished interpreter of popular material performing today.” Marlene’s extraordinary vocal talents live on in the numerous recordings she made during her lifetime.

Jewelry from the Estate of Marlene VerPlanck comprises lots 2001 through 2026 in Session I of the Jewelry auction on August 15, 2018.

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Marlene VerPlanck


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