Bea Wain, 1917-2017

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Bea Wain, 1917-2017

PostSun Aug 20, 2017 6:37 pm

On Facebook, Michael Feinstein has confirmed the passing of Bea Wain at the age of 100. She was one of the last surviving band vocalists of the 30s; her earliest recording session that I've found is with Gene Kardos and his orchestra on 8 October 1934. She sang "An Earful of Music" and "(It Was) Sweet of You", both issued on Vocalion. During 1936-37 she recorded with Mannie Klein, Artie Shaw, sang more refrains with Kardos and was part of a chorus on a Kay Thompson session, but her most important association came in the fall of 1937 with Larry Clinton and his orchestra. She stayed with him for two years, then worked as a solo artist. The records she made with Clinton and as a solo on Victor from 1937-41 are all worth listening to, and here's one of the best: "You Go to My Head" from 24 Feb. 1938.



She was married to André Baruch from 1938 to 1991 and had two children. In later years she and her husband hosted radio programs in New York City and Palm Beach. In the 1980s they hosted a nostalgic radio revival of "Your Hit Parade". She continued to perform into the 2000s.

-HA

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