NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - B.J. Crosby, a legendary singer and entertainer, from New Orleans, died peacefully at a hospital, Friday, March 27th. The singer was 62 years old. Crosby, who was born Joanne Crayton also went by the stage name "Lady B.J.," grew up singing and performing in the local theater throughout the 1970's and early 80's. She was known for her performances in jazz clubs and theatrical stages, both local and international.
She recorded with greats such as, Ellis Marsalis and Germaine Bazzle, before moving to Los Angeles in 1987. There, she appeared on television shows including Ally McBeal and Law & Order:SVU. She also performed a TV special Lady B.J. Sings Lady Day: A Tribute to Billie Holiday, which won her an ACE( Award for Cable Excellence) Award.
She moved to New York in 1995, where she earned a Tony nomination for her performance in Smokey Joe's Cafe: The Songs of Leiber and Stoller. She also contributed her powerful voice to the Grammy-winning cast album of Smokey Joe's Café. She later returned to New Orleans in 2007, where she released her first solo album 'Best of Your Heart'. In June 2008, she suffered a stroke and spent every year since, in physical therapy.
Funeral arrangements will be released soon by the family. Crosby is survived by her son Joseph Elloie, three grandchildren, and a host of family, friends and fans.