Bea Wain (1917 - 2017)

Bea Wain, singer who was popular during the big band era, has died at the age of 100, according to multiple news sources. 

Her family told the Los Angeles Times that she died of congestive heart failure on Saturday, August 19, 2017. 

Wain was known for singing a number of hit songs as lead singer for Larry Clinton and his Orchestra. 


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She was born in the Bronx, New York, in 1917. She made her singing debut at the age of 6 on the “NBC Children’s Hour.” 

Trumpeter Larry Clinton started his band in 1937 and hired Wain as his singer. They were a popular touring band known for their hit songs “Deep Purple” and “Heart and Soul.” 

Wain left Clinton’s band in the late 1930s and became a popular solo artist. In 1939 as a solo performer, she was named most popular female band vocalist in the Billboard annual college poll. 

In a 1994 interview with the National Assn. of Music Merchants, Wain talked about her days performing during the big band era. “We were just kids, working, singing, making a small amount of money, but having fun.” 

In 1938, Wain married radio announcer Andre Baruch. The pair hosted a radio show in New York and later hosted a talk radio show in Florida. Baruch died in 1991. 

She is survived by a daughter, a son and two grandchildren. 

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