Category:Big band singers
Singers associated with big bands.
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Singers associated with big bands.
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1. Big band – A big band is a type of musical ensemble associated with playing jazz music and which became popular during the Swing Era from the early 1930s until the late 1940s. Big Bands evolved with the times and continue to this day, a big band typically consists of approximately 12 to 25 musicians and contains saxophones, trumpets, trombones, and a rhythm section. The terms jazz band, jazz ensemble, stage band, jazz orchestra and this does not, however, mean that each one of these names is technically correct for naming a big band specifically. The music is traditionally called charts, improvised solos may be played only when called for by the arranger. There are two periods in the history of popular bands. Beginning in the mid-1920s, big bands, then consisting of 10–25 pieces. At that time they played a form of jazz that involved very little improvisation, which included a string section with violins. A few bands also had violas and cellos, usually one or two along with them, the dance form of jazz was characterized by a sweet and romantic melody. Orchestras tended to stick to the melody as it was written and vocals would be sung, many of these artists changed styles or retired after the introduction of swing music. Although unashamedly commercial, these bands often featured front-rank jazz musicians - for example Paul Whiteman employed Bix Beiderbecke, there were also all-girl bands such as Helen Lewis and Her All-Girl Jazz Syncopators. Towards the end of the 1920s, a new form of Big Band emerged which was more authentically jazz and this form of music never gained the popularity of the sweet dance form of jazz. The few recordings made in form of jazz were labelled race records and were intended for a limited urban audience. Few white musicians were familiar with music, Johnny Mercer. The three major centres in this development were New York City, Chicago and Kansas City, some big ensembles, like the Joe King Oliver outfit played a kind of half arranged, half improvised jazz, often relying on head arrangements. Other great bands, like the one of Luis Russell became a vehicle for star instrumentalists, there the whole arrangement had to promote all the possibilities of the star, although they often contained very good musicians, like Henry Red Allen, J. C. Earl Hines became the star of Chicago with his Grand Terrace Cafe band, meanwhile, in Kansas City and across the Southwest, an earthier, bluesier style was developed by such bandleaders as Benny Moten and, later, by Jay McShann and Jesse Stone. Radio was a factor in gaining notice and fame for Benny Goodman. Soon, others challenged him, and the battles of the bands became a staple at theater performances featuring many groups on one bill
2. Harry Babbitt – Harry Babbitt was an American singer and star during the Big Band era. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Babbitt organized his own band after school, directing the group in addition to singing and playing saxophone. Later, his work as announcer and soloist on a station in St. Louis caught the attention of bandleader Kay Kyser. Babbitt joined the Kyser band in the winter of 1936, with Kyser he recorded several hits in his rich baritone. On some novelty tunes he adopted a high-pitched falsetto, Babbitt sang such hits as Three Little Fishies, Slow Boat to China and Jingle, Jangle, Jingle, but his biggest hit was the cover of Vera Lynns White Cliffs of Dover. He also sang the Spike Jones holiday hit, All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth and did the laugh on Kysers Woody Woodpecker song with vocalist Gloria Wood. He appeared as a regular on Kysers radio program, Kay Kysers Kollege of Musical Knowledge,189 and in seven movies with Kyser, including Thats Right - Youre Wrong, Thousands Cheer and Carolina Blues. Babbitt served in the United States Navy from 1944 to 1946, then returned to Kysers band, Babbitt was host of an early morning radio show, The Second Cup of Coffee Club on CBS. It ran 10 years in the 1940s and 1950s and he also co-starred with Mary Small on By Popular Demand, a weekly program on Mutual in 1945-1946. Babbitts obituary in Variety called him a pioneer, noting that he hosted two long-running musical shows on KTLA-TV in Los Angeles, Bandstand Review and Hollywood Opportunity. He also hosted an NBC program, Glamour Girl, which ran in 1953-1954 and provided advice, beauty treatments. Designed to make the woman a glamour girl. Babbitt retired from business in 1964 and made money in real estate in Orange County. He also managed the Newport Tennis Club and headed public relations for a retirement community, after Kyser died, Babbitt went on tour with a new band, using Kysers name and music. He retired from that in the mid-1990s, Babbitt died at the age of 90 in Aliso Viejo, California. He and his wife, Betty, were married 69 years and he was survived by her, their sons Michael, Stephen and Christopher, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. NPR, Woody Woodpeckers Laugh, Remembering Harry Babbitt Steve Beasleys Tribute to Harry Babbitt
3. Sam Browne (musician) – Sam Browne was an English dance band singer, who became one of the most popular British dance band vocalists of the 1930s. Born in London, England, Sam Brownes first recording was made with the Jack Hylton band on 23 August 1928, Thats My Weakness Now, issued on HMV B5520. The band at that time included Jack Jackson, Lew Davis and Leo Vauchant, Chappie DAmato, E. O. Pogson, Billy Ternent and Hugo Rignold. Over approximately a year and a half, Browne made over 100 records with Hylton, including sessions in Berlin and Milan, and was to return to the studios with the Hylton band between 1938 and 1940. Browne first recorded with Bert Ambroses band on 8 February 1930 and it was recorded again on 22 February with a violin solo by Eric Siday. By March 1930, Ambrose had switched to the HMV label, Brownes work with Ambrose took him to Monte Carlo and Biarritz, coupled with regular radio broadcasts from the Mayfair Hotel. Browne and Elsie Carlisle became a popular singing pair with Ambrose, popular duets with Elsie include What Wouldja Like For Breakfast. and Im Gonna Wash My Hands Of You. A reader of music, Brownes confident and warm delivery made him popular with bandleaders, with the publication of a full discography it is now clear that Browne made over 2,000 recordings. Some of the bands that featured him included Alfredo, Bertini, Harry Bidgood, Harry Hudson. Browne was featured in several British films, including Calling All Stars, Variety Parade and Hi Gang, Browne worked with Bebe Daniels and Ben Lyon during World War II in the Hi Gang radio series, and after the war continued to tour and record. Sam Browne Discography, by Barry Wolsey Internet Archive Search, Sam Browne - archive. org, vintage Dance Band and Jazz on 78rpm Records
4. Bob Carroll (singer/actor) – Bob Carroll was a big band singer and stage, film, and television actor. As a singer, he sang with a number of orchestras, including Charlie Barnet, Jimmy Dorsey. In the 1960s he turned to acting and his stage career peaked in the 1960s, but his best-known film was The Prowler in 1981. On television, he appeared both in soap operas and prime time series and he was a regular on NBCs Judge for Yourself, starring Fred Allen, which aired in the 1953-1954 season. In the theatre, he performed in touring productions of Fiddler on the Roof. He also played 1984 touring production of La Cage aux Folles, Carroll died at the age of 76 in Port Washington, New York, where he resided. Personal info also received from his children Melanie Dib, Laura Leigh Carroll, Jody Carroll and Keith Carroll as well as his grandchild Luke Dib
5. Don Cornell – Don Cornell was an American singer prominent mainly in the 1940s and 1950s noted for his smooth but robust baritone voice. Born Luigi Varlaro in The Bronx, New York, Cornell attended Roosevelt High School in the Bronx, Cornell got his start with trumpeter Red Nichols and bandleader Sammy Kaye before going solo. He sold over 50 million records, among his hits were It Isnt Fair, Im Yours, Ill Walk Alone, and Hold My Hand. Dons 1952 hit I was the only pop chart entry until Princes #7 Billboard Hot 100 hit 7 from 1992. His version of Hold My Hand sold over one million copies and he was a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon International Fraternity. He was among the top headliners, appearing on the circuit during the 1950s. When headlining at the Beverly Hills Supper Club, Southgate, Kentucky – in metropolitan Cincinnati – he appeared many times on the popular Ruth Lyons noon television program and he also hosted the show during some of Ms. Lyons periodic absences. In 1953, he was featured on the TV program Chance of a Lifetime, Cornell had a radio program on KGO in San Francisco, California, in 1953. In 1959, Cornell, comedian Martha Raye, and other investors formed The Big Daddy Mining Company, the company planned to mine a rich gold vein on a hillside near Coarsegold, California. An unusually high percentage of gold, Cornell was selected for inclusion in the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1963. In 1993, he was inducted into the Big Band Hall of Fame, in 1979, Cornell moved to Florida. He died in Aventura, Florida, from emphysema and diabetes at the age of 84 and he was survived by his wife, Iris. The Powerhouse, Don Cornell, article on The Interlude Era site, Don Cornell at the Internet Movie Database Don Cornell at Find a Grave
6. Vic Damone – Damone was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Rocco and Mamie Farinola, Italian immigrants from Bari, Italy. His father was an electrician and his mother taught piano and his cousin was the actress and singer Doretta Morrow. Inspired by his favorite singer, Frank Sinatra, Damone began taking voice lessons and he sang in the choir at St. Finbars Church in Bath Beach, Brooklyn, for Sunday Mass under organist Anthony Amorello. When his father was injured at work, Damone had to drop out of high school and he worked as an usher and elevator operator in the Paramount Theater in Manhattan. He met Perry Como, while at the Paramount Theater, Damone stopped the elevator between floors, sang for him, and asked his advice if he should continue voice lessons. And referred him to a local bandleader, vito Farinola decided to call himself Vic Damone, using his mothers maiden name. Damone entered the talent search on Arthur Godfreys Talent Scouts and won in April 1947 and this led to his becoming a regular on Godfreys show. He met Milton Berle at the studio and Berle got him work at two night clubs, by mid-1947, Damone had signed a contract with Mercury Records. His first release, I Have But One Heart, reached seven on the Billboard chart. You Do reached the same peak and these were followed by a number of other hits. In 1948, he got his own radio show, Saturday Night Serenade. He was booked into the Mocambo nightclub on the Sunset Strip in 1949, in 1951, Damone appeared in two movies, The Strip and Rich, Young and Pretty. From 1951 to 1953, he served in the United States Army and he served with future Northwest Indiana radio personality Al Evans, and country music star Johnny Cash. After leaving the service, he married the Italian actress Pier Angeli and he also made some guest appearances on Milton Berles television show in 1954. In 1955, Damone had one song on the charts, Por Favor, however, he did have major roles in two movie musicals, Hit the Deck and Kismet. In early 1956, he moved from Mercury to Columbia Records and his six original, long-playing albums on Columbia between 1957 and 1961 were That Towering Feeling, Angela Mia, Closer Than a Kiss, This Game of Love, On the Swingin Side, and Young and Lively. In 1961, he was released by Columbia, moving over to Capitol Records, he filled the gap left by Frank Sinatras leaving to help found Reprise Records. Other original Capitol albums included My Baby Loves to Swing, The Liveliest, Damone did limited acting on television in the early 1960s
7. Beryl Davis – Beryl Davis was a vocalist who sang with British and American big bands. Her younger sister is Lisa Davis Waltz, a teen actress in the 1950s and 1960s and later, the voice of Anita in Disneys 101 Dalmatians. She became popular singing for British and Allied troops during World War II, during which time Glenn Miller discovered her in London and she also performed and recorded with Django Reinhardt in Paris. She moved to Los Angeles after the war with her fathers big band and she was part of the Four Girls singing group with Jane Russell, Rhonda Fleming, Della Russell, and Connie Haines. They recorded sixteen singles, and albums which became best sellers and she appeared both in variety shows and films. She was married to William Mann Moore, disc jockey and host of the 1950s Emmy Winning television show and they had three children, William Bell, Merry Bell, and Melinda Beryl. In 1996, a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs, California, on 28 October 2011, Davis died in Los Angeles from complications of Alzheimers disease, at age 87. She was buried at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles
8. Doris Day – Doris Day is a retired American actress and singer, and continuing animal welfare activist. After she began her career as a big band singer in 1939, her popularity increased with her first hit recording Sentimental Journey, in 1948, Day was given a key part in the film Romance on the High Seas, despite not having any acting experience. Its director, Michael Curtiz, gave her the part since she looked like the All-American Girl and it led to a 20-year career in film, including a string of musicals and romantic comedies beginning in the 1950s. She starred with leading men such as Clark Gable in Teachers Pet, Rock Hudson in Pillow Talk and Send Me No Flowers, Cary Grant in That Touch of Mink and she was usually one of the top 10 singers between 1951 and 1966. As an actress, she became the biggest female star in the early 1960s. In 2011 – well into her late 80s – she released her 29th studio album, My Heart, among her awards, Day has received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and a Legend Award from the Society of Singers. She has been Oscar nominated six times, and in 1989 was given the Cecil B, deMille Award for lifetime achievement in motion pictures. In 2004, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom followed in 2011 by the Los Angeles Film Critics Associations Career Achievement Award. Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff was born on April 3,1922, in Cincinnati, Ohio, the daughter of Alma Sophia, a housewife, and William Joseph Kappelhoff, All of her grandparents were German immigrants. The youngest of three siblings, she had two brothers, Richard and Paul, several years older. Due to her fathers alleged infidelity, her parents separated and she developed an early interest in dance, and in the mid-1930s formed a dance duo with Jerry Doherty that performed locally in Cincinnati. A car accident on October 13,1937, injured her legs, while recovering, Day started to sing along with the radio and discovered a talent she did not know she had. But the one radio voice I listened to above others belonged to Ella Fitzgerald. There was a quality to her voice that fascinated me, and Id sing along with her, trying to catch the subtle ways she shaded her voice, observing her daughter rekindled Almas interest in show business, and she decided to give Doris singing lessons. She engaged a teacher, Grace Raine, after three lessons, Raine told Alma that young Doris had tremendous potential, which led Alma to give her daughter three lessons a week for the price of one. Years later, Day said that Raine had the biggest effect on her singing style, during her radio performances, Day first caught the attention of Barney Rapp, who was looking for a girl vocalist and asked if Day would like to audition for the job. According to Rapp, he had auditioned about 200 singers when Day got the job, while working for Rapp in 1939, she adopted the stage surname Day, at Rapps suggestion. Rapp felt that Kappelhoff was too long for marquees, and he admired her rendition of the song Day After Day, after working with Rapp, Day worked with bandleaders Jimmy James, Bob Crosby, and Les Brown
9. Johnny Desmond – Johnny Desmond, born Giovanni Alfredo De Simone, was an American popular music singer. He was born in Detroit, Michigan, and as a boy, sang on a radio station. He still retained a love of music, however, and briefly attended the Detroit Conservatory of Music before heading to the circuit, playing piano. In 1939 he formed his own singing group, the group was first called the Downbeats, but after being hired to work with Bob Crosbys big band in 1940, it was renamed the Bob-O-Links. The group appeared on 15 commercial recordings by the Crosby orchestra, in the middle of 1941 Desmond decided to leave the Bob-O-Links to go solo. In 1942 he enlisted in the United States Army, but his service was in fact a continuation of his singing career. He was a member of Glenn Millers Army Air Forces Orchestra and from November 1943 until some time in 1944 he toured Europe, mainly serving as a replacement for Tony Martin. He made a number of radio broadcasts with the Miller band and was given his own show by the British Broadcasting Corporation, A Soldier. When the war ended, he took a job on The Breakfast Club and he made a number of charted hit recordings, Dont You Remember Me. Guilty, Cest si bon, Dont Cry, Joe, Just Say I Love Her, The Picnic Song, Because of You, and Woman. On September 24,1953 he joined with Don Cornell and Alan Dale to record The Gang that Sang Heart of My Heart, during this time he was switching recording companies frequently. The 1946 recordings were made for RCA Victor, the 1949-51 recordings for MGM, in the 1940s and 1950s, many artists would record the same song at about the same time, and some chart hits for Desmond were also major hits for other singers. Thus Guilty was a bigger hit for Margaret Whiting, with a No.4 position. Because of You was a No.1 hit for Tony Bennett, the High and the Mighty was No.4 for Les Baxter and his Orchestra. And the Desmond/Dale/Cornell version of Heart of My Heart reached No,10, but the Four Aces version peaked at No.7 on the charts. In some cases, Desmonds version was the biggest hit, teresa Brewer also recorded The Picnic Song but her version did not chart. Woman was recorded by José Ferrer, but Desmonds was the version in the US. In addition, Desmond also recorded a number of versions of songs that did not chart but became hits for singers, for example, Mister and Mississippi
10. Ray Eberle – Raymond Ray Eberle was a vocalist during the Big Band Era. Eberle sang with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, Eberle was born in Mechanicville, Saratoga County, New York. His father, John A. Eberle, was a policeman, sign-painter. His elder brother was Big Band singer, Bob Eberly, who sang with the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Ray started singing in his teens, with no formal training. In 1938, Glenn Miller, who was looking for a male vocalist for his big band, Bob said yes, and Ray was hired on the spot. Eberle recalled walking by a table when his similar looking brother was performing, music critics and Millers musicians were reportedly unhappy with Eberles vocal style but Miller stuck with him. He appeared in the Twentieth Century Fox movies, Sun Valley Serenade and he made several Universal films, including Mister Big, making a cameo appearance as himself. He led his own orchestra called, The Ray Eberle Orchestra as well as the Serenade In Blue Orchestra from 1943, from 1940-43 he did well on Billboard s College Poll for male vocalist. He also appeared on television variety shows in the 1950s and 1960s. Eberle was stuck in one day during a Chicago engagement. Miller fired him on the spot, and replaced him in June 1942 with Skip Nelson, after his departure from Miller, Eberle briefly joined Gene Krupas band before launching a solo career. He later joined former Miller bandmate Tex Benekes orchestra in 1970 for a national tour, Ray and his wife, Janet, had three children, Jan, Laurie and Raye Ellen Eberle. Janets daughter Nancy Atchison became Nancy Eberle when she was adopted by Ray, Ray had two sons from his second marriage to Joanne Eberle, Ray Eberle Jr. and John Eberle. He also has numerous grand children, Ray Eberle died of a heart attack in Douglasville, Georgia on August 25,1979, aged 60. Biography Ray Eberle at the Internet Movie Database
11. Bob Eberly – Bob Eberly was a big band vocalist, best known for his association with Jimmy Dorsey and his duets with Helen OConnell. Eberly was born Robert Eberle, but changed the spelling of his surname slightly to the homonymous Eberly and his younger brother Ray was also a big-band singer, most notably with Glenn Millers orchestra. Their father, John A. Eberle, was a policeman, sign-painter, Another brother, Al, was a Hoosick Falls, New York village trustee. He recorded the version of Im Glad There Is You in 1942 with Jimmy Dorsey and His Orchestra on Decca Records. The song subsequently became a jazz and pop standard, in 1953, Eberly and Helen OConnell headlined a summer replacement program for Perry Comos CBS television show. The program also featured Ray Anthony and his orchestra, Eberly was married to Florine Callahan from January 23,1940 until his death in 1981, the couple had 3 children, Robert Jr. Kathy and Rene. In 1980 Eberly had one lung removed but still continued to sing and he died of a heart attack in 1981 in Glen Burnie, Maryland, aged 65. He will long be remembered as being gifted with one of the best male singing voices in history and its The Dreamer In Me Green Eyes Tangerine Im Glad There Is You Besame Mucho Love Letters In The Sand Video Green Eyes on YouTube Another biographical article
12. Dennis Hale (vocalist) – Dennis Hale, born Dennis Godfrey Hoare, was a vocalist with a number of bands and performers, including the Oscar Rabin Band, Jack Parnell, Johnny Douglas, Teddy Foster, and Eric Winstone. Dennis left the army in 1945 where he had been a Sergeant Major, at the time, he was the youngest Sergeant Major in the Royal Artillery. In 1948 Dennis set up his own orchestra and had a resident berth at the Brighton Aquarium ballroom, in 1955 Dennis changed recording label from Parlophone to Decca Records. Gramophone in a review of Hale singing Devils Eyes stated that it was gorge for those who enjoy the more extravagantly passionate singers. A Gramophone review of Blowing Wild stated that it was more for those teen age maidens who swoon every time they hear a voice that has what to them is sex appeal, to me its just rather tasteless extravagance. In 1952, Gramophone reviewed Hales double-sided single that featured Hale singing Anytime, for Anytime, the reviewer stated that it was a bouncy number that was more pleasant to the ear than other vocalists had done. However, the stated that Weaver of Dreams had a lot of weary notes that sounded like he was sing through his nose. Dennis was married to Santina Motta in 1946 and had two sons, Paul Dennis Hoare and Norman Robert Hoare
13. Al Hibbler – Albert George Al Hibbler was an American baritone vocalist, who sang with Duke Ellingtons orchestra before having several pop hits as a solo artist. Some of Hibblers singing is classified as rhythm and blues, Hibbler was born in Tyro, Mississippi, United States, and was blind from birth. Some sources give his name as Andrew George Hibbler. At the age of 12 he moved to Little Rock, Arkansas, later he began working as a blues singer in local bands, failing his first audition for Duke Ellington in 1935. However, after winning a talent contest in Memphis, Tennessee, he was given his start with Dub Jenkins and his Playmates, Jenkins was a popular Memphis saxophonist. He later joined a band led by Jay McShann in 1942, although Hibblers style was described as mannered, over-stated, and full of idiosyncrasies and bizarre vocal pyrotechnics, he was also considered undoubtedly the best of Ellingtons male vocalists. While with Ellington, Hibbler won the Esquire New Star Award in 1947, Hibbler left Ellingtons band in 1951 after a dispute over his wages. In 1954 he released a successful album, Al Hibbler Sings Duke Ellington. His biggest hit was Unchained Melody, which reached #3 on the US pop chart, sold one million copies. Its success led to appearances, including a live jazz club remote on NBCs Monitor. Other hits were He, 11th Hour Melody and Never Turn Back, after the Lights Go Down Low was his last top ten hit. In the late 1950s and 1960s, Hibbler became a rights activist, marching with protestors and getting arrested in 1959 in New Jersey. The notoriety of this activism discouraged major record labels from carrying his work, however, Hibbler made very few recordings after that, occasionally doing live appearances through the 1990s. In 1971, Hibbler sang two songs at Louis Armstrongs funeral, in 1972 he made an album, A Meeting of the Times, with another fiercely independent blind musician, the multi-instrumentalist Rahsaan Roland Kirk. He died at Holy Cross Hospital in Chicago in 2001, at the age of 85 and he is buried at Lincoln Cemetery in Blue Island, Illinois
14. Eddy Howard – Edward Evan Duncan Eddy Howard was an American vocalist and bandleader who was popular during the 1940s and 1950s. Later he sang with bands led by Ben Bernie and Dick Jurgens and his hits with Jurgens included My Last Goodbye and Careless, which became his theme. Howard was a singer on a program on NBC in 1938. In 1939 Howard started his own band, and he was the regular vocalist on It Can Be Done, guests 1941 radio program on the Blue Network Wednesdays through Fridays. The first #1 single for Howard and his Orchestra, To Each His Own, the song was a tie-in with the 1946 Paramount film, To Each His Own, which brought Academy Awards for Olivia de Havilland and screenwriter Charles Brackett. The recording by Howard was released by Majestic Records as catalog number 7188 and 1070 and it first reached the Billboard chart on July 11,1946 and spent a total of 19 weeks on the chart. The recording sold over two copies by 1957, and was awarded a gold disc by the RIAA. Howards orchestra was heard on The Gay Mrs. Featherstone on NBC and on NBCs The Sheaffer Parade, in 1949, Howard signed to Mercury Records. His popularity continued into the 1950s with tracks such as Maybe Its Because, and Sin, which became Howards second #1 tune, sold one million copies. It was also a million selling hit for The Four Aces, Howards last hit was The Teen-Agers Waltz, which peaked at #90 on the Billboard Top 100 chart in 1955. In 1952-53 he was heard on CBS on Thursday nights at 10, 45pm, the rise of rock music led to a decline in Howards popularity. In a change of roles, Howard was the host on Just for You, Howard went into semi-retirement and his some-time saxophonist, vocalist-bandleader Norman Lee, procured the rights to use the Eddy Howard Orchestra name and the bands arrangements. Lee and the Orchestra became a staple throughout the U. S. midwest. Based out of Wichita, Kansas, they toured extensively and recorded on their own label, by the late 1960s, Lee dropped the Eddy Howard name and led the orchestra under his own moniker, though several Howard standards remained featured in their repertoire. The organization dissolved in the wake of the murder of Lee, Howard has a star in the Recording section of the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6724 Hollywood Boulevard. Howard died in his sleep of a hemorrhage in May 1963, in Palm Desert, California. He was buried at Desert Memorial Park in Cathedral City, California, aRagtime Cowboy Joe also peaked at #5 in Billboard Country Singles. Whos Who in America, Volume 26, ASIN B000GDEIKE The Song Remains, Eddy Howard Eddy Howard Radio at Last. fm Eddy Howard singing To Each His Own Ron Coons
15. Marion Hutton – Marion Hutton was an American singer and actress. She is best remembered for her singing with the Glenn Miller Orchestra from 1938–1942 and she was the sister of actress and singer Betty Hutton. Born as Marion Thornburg in Fort Smith, Arkansas, she was the sister of actress Betty Hutton. They were raised in Battle Creek, Michigan, the sisters father abandoned the family when they were both young, he later committed suicide. Their mother worked a variety of jobs to support the family until she became a successful bootlegger, both sisters sang with the Vincent Lopez Orchestra. Hutton was discovered by Glenn Miller and was invited to join the Glenn Miller Orchestra in 1938, I was only seventeen then and so Glenn and Helen became my legal guardians. He was like a father because I never had a father I remembered, Hutton was not allowed to sing in the nightclubs due to the fact she was underage. Miller and his wife Helen signed papers to officially declare themselves foster parents to serve as Huttons chaperone in the nightclubs which allowed her access in these venues, Marion Hutton considered herself more an entertainer than a singer. Hutton remained an important part of the Miller band and she remained with Miller on and off until the orchestra disbanded in 1942. Basinger feels that in the forties, Marion was more popular than her sister Betty. Marion Hutton had a role in the film Orchestra Wives. After Miller joined the Army in 1942, she went with fellow Miller performers Tex Beneke, the next important event in her entertainment career was a role in In Society with Abbott and Costello in 1944. Marion Hutton appeared with the Desi Arnaz orchestra in October 1947 at the Radio City Theatre in Minneapolis, as the 1940s wound down, so did Marions career. Her last film role was in 1949, acting in the Marx Brothers Love Happy and she married publicist and television producer Jack Philbin in 1940. She and Philbin had two sons, John and Phillip and her next marriage, to writer Jack Douglas, produced a third son, Peter. Peter Hemming is a noted photojournalist and her last and longest marriage was in 1954 to Vic Schoen, an arranger for the Andrews Sisters and Bing Crosby, among other artists in the 1940s. The couple remained married until her death in 1987, looking back on her first marriage, in 1974 she told George T. Simon, hat I wanted most of all was to be a wife and mother. I had no drive for a career, in 1965 according to the New York Times, Marion Hutton sought treatment for various addictions
16. Kitty Kallen – Kallen performed with popular big band leaders of the 1940s, including Jimmy Dorsey and Harry James, before establishing a solo career. After testing her voice under a pseudonym in small venues, she ultimately returned. Born Katie Kallen on May 25,1921 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, she was one of seven children, to Russian Jewish immigrants Samuel, as a child, she won an amateur contest by imitating popular singers. When she returned home with her prize, a camera, her father did not believe her, only when neighbors subsequently visited to congratulate her did Kallens father realize she had actually won it. As a young girl, she sang on The Childrens Hour, a program sponsored by Horn & Hardart. As a preteen, Kallen had a program on Philadelphias WCAU and sang with the big bands of Jan Savitt in 1936, Artie Shaw in 1938. It was her only session for the label, at 21, she joined the Jimmy Dorsey band, replacing Helen OConnell. One of her recordings with Dorsey was a favorite of American servicemen Theyre Either Too Young or Too Old which reached the No.2 position in the Billboard charts in 1944, the same year, Kallen performed the vocals for Dorseys number-one hit Besame Mucho. Most of her assignments were in duets with Bob Eberly. In 1951, Kallen appeared with Buster Crabbe as the Queen, with the 1954 hit Little Things Mean a Lot, she was voted the most popular female singer in Billboard and Variety polls. She followed up the song with In the Chapel in the Moonlight, another million selling record, in 1959, she recorded If I Give My Heart to You for Columbia Records, and in 1963, she recorded a top-selling version of My Coloring Book for RCA. Her final album was Quiet Nights, a bossa nova–flavored release for 20th Century Fox Records, subsequently, she retired from a lung ailment. During the height of her popularity, three imposters billed themselves as Kitty Kallen, when one of them, Genevieve Agostinello, died in 1978, it was incorrectly reported that Kallen herself had died. On February 8,1960, Kallen received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, a compilation of her hits on various labels remains available on the Sony CD set The Kitty Kallen Story. While performing with Jack Teagardens band, she married Clint Garvin, when Teagarden fired Garvin, Kallen left as well, later annulling the marriage. In 1948, Kallen married Bernard Budd Granoff, a publicist, agent and he later became a pioneering television syndicator. In 1977, Kallen sued her dermatologist, Norman Orentreich, after he prescribed a drug, Premarin. She subsequently suffered blood clots in her lungs, caused directly by the drug, in 2009, Kallen was inducted into the Hit Parade Hall of Fame
17. Paula Kelly (singer) – Paula Kelly was an American big band singer. Kelly was born in Grove City, Pennsylvania, Kelly sang with orchestras led by Dick Stabile, Artie Shaw, and Al Donahue. In early 1941, she joined Glenn Millers orchestra, replacing Dorothy Claire and her first recording with the group was Perfidia, on which they sang with Dorothy Claire. In 1942, Glenn Miller went into World War II military service, the Modernaires continued with Kelly as lead singer until 1978, when she retired in favor of her daughter, who performed as Paula Kelly Jr. In the late 1970s, Kelly and The Modernaires kept Swing Era music alive with their performances in various venues and she married Hal Dickinson, one of the original members of the Modernaires, on December 31,1939, shortly after joining the group. They had three daughters and remained together until his death on November 18,1970, in 1976, she married Richard L. Turner to whom she was married until her death. Kelly died at a convalescent home in Costa Mesa, California on April 2,1992, moonlight Serenade, a bio-discography of the Glenn Miller Civilian Band. The Swing Era, Volume 2, The Development of Jazz, site Paula Kelly at the Internet Movie Database
18. Peggy King – Peggy King is a jazz and pop vocalist and former TV personality. She got her start with the bands of Charlie Spivak, Ralph Flanagan, the Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, The Perry Como Show, The Garry Moore Show, and The Jack Benny Show. In 1952 MGM signed her to a contract, which led to a cameo in Vincente Minnellis The Bad and the Beautiful. These last brought her to the attention of Mitch Miller at Columbia Records, Miller signed her to a long-term contract, under which she made two best-selling albums, Wish Upon on a Star and Girl Meets Boy, and a string of hit singles. She sang the Oscar-nominated song Count Your Blessings on the 1955 Academy Awards telecast and she sang in the 1955 cult comedy Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy and was featured as chief co-star on the poster. She portrayed the stewardess Janet Turner in the suspense thriller Zero Hour, later the basis for the disaster spoof, Airplane. Her more recent albums include Lazy Afternoon, Oh What a Memory We Made Tonight, in 2008 Sepia Records reissued the original cast album of Hans Brinker, or The Silver Skates, adding sixteen of Kings classic Columbia recordings and four of Hunters. In Feb.2016, she released an all-new CD album, her first recording in 36 years, the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia inducted King into their Hall of Fame in 2010. In 2016, King continues to perform in nightclubs, theatres and at charitable and private events on a basis, with Music Director/Pianist Andrew Kahn. On February 8,1960, King became one of the first stars to be honored on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
19. Snooky Lanson – Roy Landman, better known as Snooky Lanson, was an American singer known for co-starring on the NBC television series Your Hit Parade. Born in Memphis, Tennessee, Lanson was a singer with Francis Craigs dance band in the late 1930s. He became a star when major bandleader Ray Noble hired him as his orchestras boy singer, Noble. Lanson made additional Soundies as a solo artist in 1944, Snooky Lanson was chosen to replace him, and Lanson became one of Americas first TV stars when Your Hit Parade came to television in July 1950. Lanson remained with the series through 1957, floor manager Fred Rogers said that Lanson often played craps behind the set with the stagehands until it was his turn to perform. He guest-starred in 1958 on The Gisele MacKenzie Show, MacKenzie having been a co-star with Lanson on Hit Parade, in 1961, he was one of five rotating hosts on the NBC-TV program Five Star Jubilee. In January 1960, Crossroads TV Productions videotaped a pilot in Springfield, guests were Brenda Lee, the Anita Kerr Singers, Betty Ann Grove and Paul Mitchells instrumental combo. From 1967 on he lived in Nashville, where he sang at tea dances and similar functions, had a radio show that played big-band music. He later reunited with several of his Your Hit Parade co-stars on Family Feud, Lanson died in 1990 at age 76 in New York. He was survived by his widow, Florence, a daughter, plan New TV Series for Lanson, The Billboard, p.12 Snooky Lanson at the Internet Movie Database New York Times obituary
20. Peggy Lee – Peggy Lee was an American jazz and popular music singer, songwriter, composer, and actress, in a career spanning six decades. From her beginning as a vocalist on radio to singing with Benny Goodmans big band, she forged a sophisticated persona, evolving into a multi-faceted artist. During her career, she wrote music for films, acted and she and her family were Lutherans. Her father was Swedish-American and her mother was Norwegian-American, after her mother died when Lee was four, her father married Min Schaumber. Lee first sang professionally over KOVC radio in Valley City, North Dakota and she later had her own series on a radio show sponsored by a local restaurant that paid her a salary in food. Both during and after her school years, Lee sang for small sums on local radio stations. Radio personality Ken Kennedy, of WDAY in Fargo, North Dakota, Lee left home and traveled to Los Angeles at the age of 17. She returned to North Dakota for a tonsillectomy and was noticed by hotel owner Frank Bering while working at the Doll House in Palm Springs and it was here that she developed her trademark sultry purr – having decided to compete with the noisy crowd with subtlety rather than volume. Beringin offered her a gig at The Buttery Room, a nightclub in the Ambassador Hotel East in Chicago, There, she was noticed by bandleader Benny Goodman. According to Lee, Bennys then-fiancée, Lady Alice Duckworth, came into The Buttery, so the next evening she brought Benny in, because they were looking for a replacement for Helen Forrest. And although I didnt know, I was it and he was looking at me strangely, I thought, but it was just his preoccupied way of looking. I thought that he didnt like me at first, but it just was that he was preoccupied with what he was hearing and she joined his band in 1941 and stayed for two years. In 1942 Lee had her first No.1 hit, Somebody Else Is Taking My Place, which sold over a million copies and made her famous. She sang with Goodmans orchestra in two 1943 films, Stage Door Canteen and The Powers Girl, in March 1943 Lee married Dave Barbour, a guitarist in Goodmans band. Lee said, David joined Bennys band and there was a ruling that no one should fraternize with the girl singer, but I fell in love with David the first time I heard him play, and so I married him. Benny then fired David, so I quit, too, Benny and I made up, although David didnt play with him anymore. Its to Mr. Barbours credit that he refused to let his wifes singing and composing talent lay dormant for too long, I fell in love with David Barbour, she recalled. But Why Dont You Do Right was such a giant hit that I kept getting offers, and at that time it was a lot of money
21. Hal Linden – Hal Linden is an American stage and screen actor, television director and musician. Linden began his career as a big band musician and singer in the 1950s, after a stint in the United States Army, he began an acting career where he first worked in summer stock and off-Broadway productions. Linden found success on Broadway when he replaced Sydney Chaplin in the musical Bells Are Ringing, in 1971, he won a Best Actor Tony Award for his portrayal of Mayer Rothschild in the musical The Rothschilds. In 1974, he landed his role as the title character in the television comedy series Barney Miller. The role earned him seven Primetime Emmy Award and three Golden Globe Award nominations, during the series run, Linden also hosted two educational series, Animals, Animals, Animals and FYI. He won two special Daytime Emmy Awards for the latter series, Linden won a third Daytime Emmy Award for a guest-starring role on CBS Schoolbreak Special in 1995. Linden has since continued his career on the stage, in films and he released his first album of pop and jazz standards, Its Never Too Late, in 2011. Hal Linden was born on March 20,1931, in The Bronx and he is the youngest son of Frances and Charles Lipshitz, a Lithuanian Jew who immigrated to the United States in 1910 and later owned his own printing shop. His older brother, Bernard, became a professor of music at Bowling Green State University, Linden attended Herman Ridder Junior High School and the High School of Music and Art, going on to study music at Queens College, City University of New York. He later enrolled in Baruch College and then City College of New York where he received a Bachelor of Arts in business, during his youth, Linden aspired to be a big band bandleader. Before embarking on a career in music, he decided to change his name stating, Swing and he decided on the name Hal Linden, after seeing the name on the water tower while passing through Linden, New Jersey. During the 1950s, he toured with Sammy Kaye, Bobby Sherwood, Linden played the saxophone and clarinet and also sang. He enlisted in the United States Army in 1952 where he was sent to Fort Belvoir, while in Fort Belvoir, a friend recommended that he see the touring production of Guys and Dolls playing in Washington, D. C. After seeing the show, Linden decided to become an actor, Linden found success after replacing Sydney Chaplin in the Broadway production of Bells Are Ringing in 1958. He made a breakthrough on the New York stage in 1962 when he was cast as Billy Crocker in the revival of Cole Porters Anything Goes. Lindens career slowed in the 1960s, during this time, he dubbed English dialogue for various foreign films, did voiceover work for commercials and sang jingles. His career was revived in the 1970s when he was cast as Mayer Rothschild in the 1971 musical The Rothschilds, the role earned him a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical. In 1973, he co-starred opposite Tony Lo Bianco in the NBC television film Mr. Inside/Mr, the film was intended to be the pilot for a proposed series but was not picked up by the network
22. Helen O'Connell – Helen OConnell was an American singer, actress, and hostess, sometimes described as the quintessential big band singer of the 1940s. Born in Lima, Ohio, OConnell grew up in Toledo, by the time she was 15, she and her older sister, Alice, were singing duets in clubs and hotels and on radio stations in Toledo. OConnell launched her career as a singer with Larry Funk. She was singing with Funks band in Greenwich Village when Jimmy Dorseys manager discovered her, OConnell joined the Dorsey band in 1939 and achieved her best selling records in the early 1940s with Green Eyes, Amapola, Tangerine and Yours. In each of these Latin-influenced numbers, Bob Eberly crooned the song which Helen then reprised in an up-tempo arrangement, OConnell was selected by Down Beat readers as best female singer in 1940 and 1941 and won the 1940 Metronome magazine poll for best female vocalist. In a 1993 obituary article, the Associated Press described OConnell as the darling of GIs during World War II, OConnell retired from show business upon her first marriage in 1943. When her marriage ended in 1951, she resumed her career, achieving some chart success, in 1953, OConnell and Bob Eberly headlined TVs Top Tunes, a summer replacement program for Perry Comos CBS television show. The program also featured Ray Anthony and his orchestra, OConnell also was the featured singer on The Russ Morgan Show on CBS TV in 1956. In 1957, she had her own 15-minute program, The Helen OConnell Show, Helen was one of the first girls on NBCs The Today Show, commenting at the time, I wasnt hired as a singer, I was hired as a talker, a pleasant switch. She had that role from 1956 to 1958, in 1961, Helen co-hosted the Desilu-NBC program, Heres Hollywood, conducting interviews with celebrities, often in their own homes. OConnell co-hosted the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants with Bob Barker from 1972 to 1980 and was nominated for an Emmy award in 1976 for her coverage of the Miss Universe pageant, OConnell sang duets with Bing Crosby, Johnny Mercer, and Dean Martin. She also sang the National Anthem for Super Bowl XV in 1981, oConnells 1942 recording of Brazil with the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra was a 2009 addition to the Grammy Hall of Fame. In 1992, Helen was featured along with The Andrews Sisters and Kay Starr in the KCET special, OConnell was married to wealthy playboy Clifford Smith Jr. from 1941 to 1951 and novelist Tom T. Chamales from 1957 to 1960 and had four children. Her last marriage was in 1991, to arranger-conductor-composer Frank De Vol and it ended with her death on September 9,1993, in San Diego, California following a battle with Hepatitis C. Helen OConnell at the Internet Movie Database
23. Anita O'Day – Anita ODay was an American jazz singer widely admired for her sense of rhythm and dynamics, and her early big band appearances that shattered the traditional image of the girl singer. Refusing to pander to any female stereotype, ODay presented herself as a hip jazz musician, wearing a band jacket and she changed her surname from Colton to ODay, pig Latin for dough, slang for money. ODay, along with Mel Tormé, is grouped with the West Coast cool school of jazz. Like Tormé, ODay had some training in jazz drums, her longest musical collaboration was with jazz drummer John Poole, while maintaining a central core of hard swing, ODays skills in improvisation of rhythm and melody put her squarely among the pioneers of bebop. She cited Martha Raye as the influence on her vocal style, also expressing admiration for Mildred Bailey, Ella Fitzgerald. She always maintained that the accidental excision of her uvula during a childhood left her incapable of vibrato. That botched operation, she claimed, forced her to develop a more percussive style based on short notes and rhythmic drive. Anita Belle Colton was born to Irish parents, James and Gladys M. Colton in Kansas City, Missouri, Colton took the first chance to leave her unhappy home when, at age 14, she became a contestant in the popular Walk-a-thons as a dancer. She toured with the Walk-a-thons circuits for two years, occasionally being called upon to sing, in 1934, she began touring the Midwest as a marathon dance contestant and singing The Lady in Red for tips. In 1936, she left the endurance contests, determined to become a professional singer. She started out as a girl in such Uptown venues as the Celebrity Club and the Vanity Fair, then found work as a singer and waitress at the Ball of Fire, the Vialago. At the Vialago, ODay met the drummer Don Carter, who introduced her to music theory, they wed in 1937. Her first big break came in 1938 when Down Beat editor Carl Cons hired her to work at his new club at 222 North State Street, the Off-Beat, which became a popular hangout for musicians. Also performing at the Off-Beat was the Max Miller Quartet, which backed ODay for the first ten days of her stay there, the call from Krupa came in early 1941. Of the 34 sides she recorded with Krupa, it was Let Me Off Uptown, a novelty duet with Roy Eldridge and that same year, Down Beat named ODay New Star of the Year. In 1942 she appeared with the Krupa band in two soundies, singing Thanks for the Boogie Ride and Let Me Off Uptown, the same year Down Beat magazine readers voted her into the top five big band singers. ODay came in fourth, with Helen OConnell first, Helen Forrest second, Billie Holiday third, ODay married golf pro and jazz fan Carl Hoff in 1942. When Krupas band broke up after he was arrested for possession of cannabis in 1943, ODay joined Woody Herman for a gig at the Hollywood Palladium
24. Dick Powell – Richard Ewing Dick Powell was an American singer, actor, film producer, film director and studio head. Though he came to stardom as a comedy performer, he showed versatility. He was the first actor to portray the private detective Philip Marlowe on screen, Powell was born in Mountain View, the seat of Stone County in northern Arkansas. The family moved to Little Rock in 1914, where Powell sang in choirs and with local orchestras. Powell attended the former Little Rock College, before he started his entertainment career as a singer with the Royal Peacock Band which toured throughout the Midwest. During this time, he married Mildred Maund, a model, later, he joined the Charlie Davis Orchestra, based in Indianapolis. He recorded a number of records with Davis and on his own, Powell moved to Pittsburgh, where he found great local success as the Master of Ceremonies at the Enright Theater and the Stanley Theater. In April 1930, Warner Bros. bought Brunswick Records, which at that time owned Vocalion, Warner Bros. was sufficiently impressed by Powells singing and stage presence to offer him a film contract in 1932. He made his debut as a singing bandleader in Blessed Event. Powell desperately wanted to expand his range, but Warner Bros. would not allow him to do so, as a result, he bought his release from Warner Bros. in 1940. They did cast him in A Midsummer Nights Dream, but as Lysander, another youthful romantic character and this was to be Powells only Shakespearean role and one he did not want to play, feeling that he was completely wrong for the part. By 1944, Powell felt he was too old to play romantic leading men anymore and he lost out to Fred MacMurray, another Hollywood nice guy. MacMurrays success, however, fueled Powells resolve to pursue projects with greater range, Powell starred in the musical program Campana Serenade, which was broadcast on NBC radio and CBS radio. In 1944, Powells career changed dramatically when he was cast in the first of a series of films noir, as private detective Philip Marlowe in Murder, My Sweet, the film was a big hit, and Powell had successfully reinvented himself as a dramatic actor. He was the first actor to play Marlowe – by name – in motion pictures, later, Powell was the first actor to play Marlowe on radio, in 1944 and 1945, and on television, in a 1954 episode of Climax. Powell also played the slightly less hard-boiled detective Richard Rogue in the radio series Rogues Gallery, in 1945, Dmytryk and Powell reteamed to make the film Cornered, a gripping, post-WWII thriller that helped define the film noir style. He became a tough guy lead appearing in movies such as Johnny OClock. But in 1948, he stepped out of the type when he starred in Pitfall
25. Lynn Roberts – Lynne Roberts, also credited as Mary Hart, was born Theda May Roberts. She was an American film actress during the Golden Age of Hollywood who appeared exclusively in what were referred to as B-movies, born in El Paso, Texas, Roberts was the daughter of Hobart M. Roberts, a bookkeeper, and May Holland. The family moved to Los Angeles in the 1920s, Roberts began working as an actress in the 1930s, under contract to Republic Pictures. At the age of 14, in 1936, she played a role in Bulldog Edition, in 1938, at age 16, she starred in the cliffhangers, The Lone Ranger and Dick Tracy Returns, and played a role in The Higgins Family. She was officially listed in records as having been born in 1919. In 1941 she starred with Sonja Henie and John Payne in Sun Valley Serenade and she returned to Republic Pictures in 1944, and stayed under contract there until 1948. She starred with Gene Autry in Sioux City Sue in 1946, after leaving Republic Pictures for the second time, Roberts worked with Autry in outdoor adventures for Columbia Pictures. She also worked with Kirby Grant in Monogram Pictures mounted-police adventures, all told, Roberts appeared in 64 films. Of those,21 were westerns, and two are serials and her first marriage was to William Engelbert, Jr. an aircraft company official, with whom she had one son, Bill. The marriage ended in divorce in 1944 and her second marriage was to Louis John Gardella, which also ended in divorce. In court, Gardellas attorney argued that the couples Arizona wedding was invalid because Roberts was not legally divorced from Engelbert, in 1953, Roberts married brassiere manufacturer Hyman B. Samuels, with whom she had a daughter, Peri Margaret, the couple divorced November 14,1961, in Los Angeles, California. Following that divorce, Roberts retired from acting and later married pro wrestler Don Sebastian in 1971, lynne Roberts was the sister of actor John S. Roberts. On December 16,1977, she had an accident in her home and suffered severe head fractures. She went into a coma and died a few months later on April 1,1978, from hemorrhaging
26. Linda Ronstadt – Linda Maria Ronstadt is an American popular music singer. She has also earned nominations for a Tony Award and a Golden Globe award and she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April 2014. On July 28,2014, she was awarded the National Medal of Arts, in total, she has released over 30 studio albums and 15 compilation or greatest hits albums. Ronstadt charted 38 Billboard Hot 100 singles, with 21 reaching the top 40,10 in the top 10 and this success did not translate to the UK, with only her single Blue Bayou reaching the UK Top 40. Her duet with Aaron Neville, Dont Know Much, peaked at number 2 in December 1989, in addition, she has charted 36 albums,10 top-10 albums and three number 1 albums on the Billboard Pop Album Chart. Her autobiography, Simple Dreams, A Musical Memoir, was published in September 2013 and it debuted in the Top 10 on The New York Times Best Seller list. She has lent her voice to over 120 albums and has more than 100 million records. Christopher Loudon, of Jazz Times, wrote in 2004 that Ronstadt is blessed with arguably the most sterling set of pipes of her generation, after completing her last live concert in late 2009, Ronstadt retired in 2011. She was diagnosed as having Parkinsons disease in December 2012, which left her unable to sing. Linda Maria Ronstadt was born in 1946 in Tucson, Arizona, daughter to Gilbert Ronstadt, a prosperous merchant who ran the F. Ronstadt Co. and Ruth Mary Ronstadt. Ronstadt was raised on the familys 10-acre ranch with her siblings Peter, Michael J. the family was featured in Family Circle magazine in 1953. Lindas father came from a pioneering Arizona ranching family and was of German, English, the familys influence on and contributions to Arizonas history, including wagon making, commerce, pharmacies, and music, are chronicled in the library of the University of Arizona. Her mother Ruth Mary, of German, English, and Dutch ancestry, was raised in Flint and she was a daughter of Lloyd Groff Copeman, a prolific inventor and holder of many patents. Copeman, with nearly 700 patents to his name, invented a form of the toaster, many refrigerator devices, the grease gun, the first electric stove. His flexible rubber ice cube tray earned him millions of dollars in royalties, later, as a solo artist, she released Hand Sown. Home Grown in 1969, which has described as the first alternative country record by a female recording artist. With the release of chart-topping albums such as Heart Like a Wheel, Simple Dreams and she set records as one of the top-grossing concert artists of the decade. Referred to as the First Lady of Rock and the Queen of Rock and her rock-and-roll image was as famous as her music, she appeared six times on the cover of Rolling Stone and on the covers of Newsweek and Time
27. Ginny Simms – Virginia Ellen Ginny Simms was an American popular singer and film actress. Simms sang with big bands and labeled with Dinah Shore, Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald, Jo Stafford and she also worked as an MGM and Universal film actress and appeared in 11 movies from 1939 to 1951, when she retired. Born Simms or Sims in San Antonio, Texas, Simms attended Fresno State Teachers College and she originally considered studying to become a concert pianist but enrolled instead at Fresno State Teachers College. While there, she began performing in productions, singing with sorority sisters. Shortly afterward, she struck out on her own to establish a singing career. In 1932, she became band vocalist for the Tom Gerun band in San Francisco, working together with other vocalists, including a young Tony Martin and Woody Herman. In 1934, she joined the Kay Kyser Orchestra, where she received her first national exposure, appearing on radio shows with Kyser. She also made three movies with Kyser, That’s Right You’re Wrong with Lucille Ball, Youll Find Out with Peter Lorre, Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff, on April 6,1941, Simms and Kyser also co-starred in Niagara to Reno on CBS radios Silver Theater. She nearly married Kyser but left his orchestra in September 1941 to do her own radio show. In 1951, Simms hosted a television show on KTTV, channel 11, in Los Angeles which featured dance bands and talent from army, navy, marine. Like many stars, Simms was active in entertaining troops during World War II, after the war ended, she continued to help servicemen. In 1947, a radio stations newsletter noted, ow she is helping provide new homes for them, Ginny is sponsoring the construction of 450 homes for vets in Los Angeles. On June 5,1993, a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs, California, Simms was married three times, first to Hyatt Hotels founder Hyatt von Dehn, with whom she had two sons, David and Conrad. She died as the result of an attack in Palm Springs on April 4,1994, aged 80. She was survived by her husband, Donald Eastvold Sr, the career of Ginny Simms discography Retrieved 26 May 2016. Ginny Simms at the Internet Movie Database Retrieved 11 October 2007, Ginny Simms discography at cduniverse Retrieved 26 May 2016. Ginny Simms discography at discogs Retrieved 26 May 2016
28. Kay Starr – Katherine Laverne Starks, known as Kay Starr, was an American pop and jazz singer who enjoyed considerable success in the 1940s and 1950s. She is best remembered for introducing two songs that became #1 hits in the 1950s, Wheel of Fortune and The Rock And Roll Waltz, Starr was successful in every field of music she tried, jazz, pop and country. But her roots were in jazz, billie Holiday, considered by many the greatest jazz singer of all time, called Starr the only white woman who could sing the blues. Kay Starr was born Katherine Laverne Starks on a reservation in Dougherty and her father, Harry, was a full-blooded Iroquois Indian, her mother, Annie, was of mixed Irish and American Indian heritage. When her father got a job installing water systems for the Automatic Sprinkler Company. There, her mother raised chickens, whom Kay serenaded in the coop, Kays aunt Nora was impressed by her 7-year-old nieces singing and arranged for her to sing on a Dallas radio station, WRR. First she took a talent competition by storm, finishing 3rd one week, eventually she had her own 15-minute show. She sang pop and hillbilly songs with a piano accompaniment, by age 10 she was making $3 a night, which was quite a salary during the Great Depression. When Starrs father changed jobs, the moved to Memphis, Tennessee. She sang Western swing music, still mostly a mix of country, during this time at Memphis radio station WMPS, misspellings in her fan mail inspired her and her parents to change her name to Kay Starr. At 15, she was chosen to sing with the Joe Venuti orchestra, Venuti had a contract to play in the Peabody Hotel in Memphis which called for his band to feature a girl singer, a performer he did not have at the time. Venutis road manager heard Starr on the radio and recommended her to his boss although she was still in high school. Though she had stints in 1939 with Bob Crosby and Glenn Miller. It was, however, with Miller that she cut her first two recordings, Baby Me and Love with a Capital You. They were not a success, in part because the band played in a key that, while appropriate for Marion Hutton. In 1946 Starr became a soloist, and in 1947 signed a contract with Capitol Records. The label had a number of female singers signed up including Peggy Lee, Ella Mae Morse, Jo Stafford and Margaret Whiting, so it was hard to find her a niche of her own. In 1948 when the American Federation of Musicians was threatening a strike, being junior to all these other artists meant that every song Starr wanted to sing was taken by her rivals on the label, leaving her a list of old songs which nobody else wanted to record
29. Elmo Tanner – Tanner and Weems recorded the song for two different record companies within a period of five years. The song became a hit for both companies after a Charlotte, North Carolina disk jockey played it at random in 1947. Tanner was originally hired by Weems as a vocalist, the bandleader discovered Tanners whistling ability while the band was traveling to an engagement, like Bing Crosby, he was able to whistle from his throat due to the muscles in his larynx. He subsequently became a performer as a whistler, earning the nicknames Whistler’s Mother’s Boy, The Whistling Troubador. Weems considered Tanners whistling important enough to his orchestra that in 1939 he insured Tanners throat for $10,000, besides musical whistling, he also imitated birds for Disney. After a failed attempt at running a restaurant in his native Nashville in the early 1950s, he toured with the Elmo Tanner Quartet until 1958, when he found work as a disc jockey in Florida. After working as a dealer in the 1960s, in the early 1970s he resumed musical activity, singing with a St. Petersburg. Tanner was born on August 8,1904 in Nashville, Tennessee and he grew up in Detroit, and moved to Memphis with his family by 1926. As a young boy, Tanner studied the violin and was successful with it until eye trouble made it difficult for him to read notes. His musical training helped Tanner to develop the ability to scan music or lyrics quickly, on his walk home from work, Tanner passed a cemetery each night and started whistling as he passed by. Not everyone appreciated Tanners whistling in the evening, he was jailed in Albuquerque. A graduate of the University of Tennessee, Tanner raced automobiles, while performing the duties of his employment he liked to whistle and sing. One day in 1928, he had a job for a customer who happened to work at WMC radio. After hearing Tanner singing while working on his car, the announcer suggested Tanner audition for the radio station and his consequent on-air appearance brought a call from Paramount Records, which had offices in Chicago. By the late 1920s, Elmo Tanner had moved to the Chicago area and had established himself as a professional musician, although Elmo Tanner never gained a large reputation as a singer, he was occasionally featured as such with Weems. It was as a vocalist that he made his initial recordings and he recorded a few dozen sides as a soloist for Paramount and Vocalion in 1927 through 1929. Interestingly, the Paramount discs appeared in the Race record series, not having signed an exclusive contract with any recording company, he was able to appear on the prestigious Victor label with Nathaniel Shilkret. In 1928 he formed a duet with Fred Rose as The Tune Peddlers and appeared on radio stations WLS, KYW, while working at KYW with Rose, Tanner received an offer from Ted Weems