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Music world mourns as Rat Pack pal Kaye dies

Singer and actress Kaye Stevens, who performed with the Rat Pack and was a frequent guest on Johnny Carson's The Tonight Show, has died. She was 79.

Stevens died at a hospital north of Orlando following a battle with breast cancer and blood clots.

Stevens, a long-time Florida resident, performed with Rat Pack members including Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr and Joey Bishop.

She also sang solo at venues such as Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas, and the Plaza Hotel's Persian Room in New York City. During the Vietnam War era, Stevens performed for American soldiers with Bob Hope's USO tour.

She later married now deceased bandleader and trumpet player Tommy Amato.

Her big break came when she was playing a lounge at The Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas. Debbie Reynolds became ill and was unable to perform in the main room. Stevens filled in and was an instant hit.

Besides singing, Stevens also acted in film and television.