Posted by themusicsover on October 28, 2011
March 16, 1924 – October 28, 2011
Beryl Davis was a popular British big band singer who got her start fronting her father’s (Harry Davis) band during the 1940s. During WWII, Davis entertained the Allied troops, and it was around this time she was discovered by Glenn Miller who hired her to sing in the Army Air Force Orchestra. She also toured Europe with Stephane Grappelli and George Shearing during that period. She eventually moved to Los Angeles where she sang with Frank Sinatra for about a year on Your Hit Parade. In 1954, Davis formed the Gospel quartet, the Four Girls, with Rhonda Fleming, Jane Russell, and Connie Haines. They released several hit albums and singles including perhaps their most popular, “Do Lord.” Beryl Davis died from complications of Alzheimer’s Disease on October 28, 2011. She was 87.
Thanks to Harold Lepidus for the assist.
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Posted by themusicsover on September 22, 2009
Connie Haines (Born Yvonne JaMais)
January 20, 1921 – September 22, 2008
With Frank Sinatra
Connie Haines was a prolific big band singer whose voice could be heard on over 200 recordings. She was just four years old when she began performing publicly, and by the time she reached her early teens, she was a regular on local radio programs. Throughout her career, Haines performed or recorded with Tommy Dorsey, Frank Sinatra, Harry James and Frankie Laine. She died of myasthenia gravis, a neuromuscular disease, at the age of 87.
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