The Mary Kaye Trio Final Chapter

After the death of manager Billy Burton, the Trio continued on with their publicist Glenn Rose, and the fulfillment of contracts that Billy had negotiated that extended several years after his death. Billy’s commission went to his wife for the contracts Billy secured during his life. The Trio continued until Janurary of 1965 when they closed at the Tropicana Blue Room to a packed house with some of the top names in the Film and Music industry. Shecky Greene and Don Rickles both credit their comedy style to the genius of Frank Ross. The Mary Kaye Trio were directly responsible for 24 hour entertainment in the Las Vegas, Lake Tahoe & Reno. They consistently attracted “High Roller” gambler fans throughout their career.


Mary moved to California and continued in show business as a single, then as Mary Kaye Trio and Friends, but the success of the original Mary Kaye Trio could never be duplicated. Mary created her line of dolls and was involved in several ventures.  Mary returned to Las Vegas to be near her daughter Donna, her son Jeffrey and grandchildren.


Norman went on to manage a successful Real Estate career in Southern Nevada and was the Poet Laureate of The State Of Nevada. His wife Barbara and his children, John, Richard, Don & Sherri survive him in Las Vegas.


Frank Ross pursued a comedy career with Blackie Hunt of The Characters, and his final show business engagement was on the Ed Sullivan Show with Blackie. Frank became an agent with Jerry Perrenchio and later formed Frank Ross & Associates Personal Management. Frank lived in Hermosa Beach & is survived by his wife Elizabeth (Betty), his children Frank &, Shallan, & his grandchildren Alex Gronbach, Ariela & Alex Ross.