Annie Ross is one of the early practitioners of a singing style known as "vocalese," which involves the setting of original lyrics to an instrumental jazz solo. Later Ross became part of the vocal trio Lambert, Hendricks & Ross, and has been equally at home in the acting field, appearing in numerous films.
Ross was born in England, but raised in Los Angeles. She landed a role in the Our Gang film series at the age of eight, singing a musical number on the show. Returning to Europe, she began her singing career, working with musicians such as James Moody, Kenny Clarke, and Coleman Hawkins to name a few.