- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Nancy Farrow, who sang with the Time Was Orchestra in the Washington area for two decades, died April 2 in Charlotte, N.C. She was 79.

Born in Salley, S.C., Miss Farrow spent her childhood in Charlotte. She sang in her teens with big bands, as well as with Dean Hudson & His Orchestra, the Hal McIntyre Orchestra and others during the 1950s.

She was a pioneer in early television of the 1950s, with her own live music show on WAGA-TV in Atlanta. She also made TV commercials.

In 1957, Miss Farrow moved to the D.C. area, where she graced the spotlights of many local jazz clubs, such as the Velvet Inn in Georgetown, and was accompanied by such notables as musician John Malachi.

While touring with the Hal McIntyre Orchestra in 1956, she met and married trombonist Billy Ray Farrow, who died in 1978. Her first husband, Hugh Newell, a Marine fighter pilot, was killed in Korea in 1950.

She was a former member of two D.C. chapters of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.

Miss Farrow is survived by two daughters, Natalie Newell Arreguin and Amy Farrow Miller, both of Charlotte, N.C.; a son, David Newell of Portland, Ore.; and six grandsons.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 10 p.m. April 15 at the Marriott Bethesda North Hotel & Conference Center, 5701 Marinelli Road, North Bethesda. A private interment will take place April 16.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

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