May 6, 1926 – August 2, 2012
is the first word in the widest circulation newspaper in Memphis in its
story about Marguerite Piazza's death. Clearly her passing warrants
Marguerite Piazza lived in Memphis more than 50 years but was a New Orleans native. She studied music at Loyola University of the South and Louisiana State University. In 1944 she joined the New York City Opera as its youngest member, debuted on Broadway in 1950 and at the Metropolitan Opera in 1951. Her talent and style brought an offer from NBC television to join the cast of "Your Show of Shows," with Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca. During her tenure (1950-1954) with that early and popular television program which was broadcast live, she became well known nationally. She was a popular recording artist for Capitol Records.
Ms. Piazza sang the national anthem for more than 2 decades at the Liberty Bowl football game in Memphis and organized and performed a charity benefit for St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital in Memphis in 1970s and continued her association with the event over the decades.
Ms. Piazza died August 2, 2012, at her home in Memphis at the age of 86.
An interesting interview with Marguerite Piazza serves as a brief but interesting biography and is available on youtube.
A video clip of Ms. Piazza singing Musetta's Waltz on "Your Show of Shows" in 1950 is available on youtube.
At the Marguerite Piazza St. Jude Gala in Memphis in 2007.
Marguerite Piazza peforming at a Memphis event in 1973.