Roberta Barnes Mallane- Facts About Monte Kay’s Wife.

Roberta Barnes Mallane’s husband with his ex-wife, Diahann

Roberta Barnes Mallane is the wife of Monte Kay. Roberta Barnes’s husband Kay was an American musicians’ agent and record producer. Kay acted as a talent scout and as the musical director of several nightclubs on the New York jazz scene in the late 1940s and 1950s.

In His career, Roberta Barnes Mallane’s Kay has achieved a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy-Variety Or Music Program. He died on May 25, 1988, in Los Angeles, CA. He had 1 child Suzanne Kay.

Roberta Barnes Mallane is not the only woman Kay took to the alter during his lifetime. Monte Kay was previously married to Diahann Carroll. They got married in 1956, however, in 1963, the couple called their marriage a quit. Diahann Carroll was an American actress, singer, model, and activist.

She rose to prominence in some of the earliest major studio films to feature black casts, including Carmen Jones and Porgy and Bess.

Her father boycotted the ceremony for her first wedding, in 1956, to record producer Monte Kay, which was presided over by Adam Clayton Powell Jr. at the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem. The marriage ended in 1962. Carroll gave birth to her daughter, Suzanne Kay Bamford

After their divorce, Monte Kay got married to Diahann Carroll. They got married in 1985. The couple stayed together till Kay’s death.

How did the two love birds meet? Much information is not available regarding how the two meet. However, they got married in a beautiful ceremony in the presence of their friends and family. Kay had two stepchildren with his wife Roberta.

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Much was not heard from Roberta Barnes Mallane after the passing of her beloved husband.

According to some accounts, the Caucasian Kay, Roberta Barnes Mallane’s husband, would sometimes introduce himself as a fair-skinned Afro-American during those years. 

In May and June 1945, Mal Braveman and Kay’s New Jazz Foundation produced concerts at New York’s Town Hall that included Dizzy Gillespie, Pearl Bailey, Erroll Garner, Don Byas, Charlie Parker, and Max Roach, and Sidney Catlett. 

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As the artistic director of the Royal Roost (a jazz venue on 52nd Street) he succeeded in persuading the owner, Ralph Watkins, to hire Miles Davis’ nonet – sometimes called the “Tuba Band” – with which Davis was pursuing a project that gave birth to the cool jazz movement later to be called Birth of the Cool.

In 1963, Roberta Barnes Mallane’s spouse became the manager of the comedian Flip Wilson. The two formed the record label Little David Records, which featured comedy albums by Wilson, George Carlin, and others.

Kay was executive producer of the TV show The Flip Wilson Show. Roberta Barnes Mallane’s husband, Kay died of heart failure in Los Angeles in 1988.

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