Big band-era vocalist Bea Wain
(formerly Wayne) was born April 30, 1917 in New York City; after learning piano as a child, she went on to appear on the NBC radio series Children's Hour, and in her teens sang with vocal groups headlined by Fred Waring
, Kay Thompson
and others. After a stint with the Gene Kardos Orchestra, in 1937 Wain
joined former Tommy Dorsey
arranger Larry Clinton and His Orchestra
, where in the following year her warm, engaging voice was featured on a series of hits including "Deep Purple," "Martha," "Heart and Soul," "My Reverie" and numerous others. So great was Wain's success that in 1939, a Billboard magazine poll named her the year's most popular female band vocalist; she left Clinton
in the spring of that year to pursue a solo career, and her string of hits continued with efforts including "I'm Nobody's Baby," "Do I Worry?" and "Kiss the Boys Goodbye." A frequent guest on shows including Your Hit Parade and Quaker Party, Wain and her husband, radio announcer Andre Bruch, later co-hosted their own series, Mr. and Mrs. Music, eventually retiring to Florida during the 1970s.