By Cicely Wedgeworth
Anne Lloyd Vincent, a former big-band singer who lent her voice to more than
100 children's songs, died of cancer Aug. 27 at North Shore University Hospital
at Glen Cove. She was 73.
"Whatever Anne did had to be done right," said her husband, William Vincent.
"There was no halfway measures in anything she did."
Her energy was chronicled in a 1949 Newsday cover story describing the
five-story bungalow that the Vincents spent seven years building in Glen Cove,
where she lived until her death.
"\ Vincent can handle a song as well as she can wield a hammer," the story
declared. "Strange, a carpenter-singer? Perhaps, but not for anyone as capable
and determined as charming \."
She was born Anne Lloyd on Nov. 20, 1925, in Teaneck, N.J., and moved to Great
Neck as a child in the early 1930s. She met the two great loves of her life at
Great Neck High School: singing and her future husband.
Anne Lloyd and William Vincent married in 1943. She continued to sing, with the
Robert Shaw Collegiate Chorale in New York City and big bands along the East
Coast. The couple moved to Glen Cove in 1946.
In 1948, Vincent began to record songs under her maiden name for the 25-cent,
tiny Golden Records distributed for children by Simon & Schuster.
She made more than 100 recordings of songs such as "Somewhere Over the Rainbow"
and "A Children's Introduction to the Orchestra." But when Golden Records fell
off in popularity in the mid-1950s, she went into semiretirement.
A memorial service was held Aug. 31 at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Sea Cliff.
In addition to her husband, Vincent is survived by her daughter, Judith Questo
of Victoria, British Columbia.