BEA WAIN - AUTOGRAPHED INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 199556
Sale Price $144.00
Black and white photo of the skilled vocalist, inscribed to a fan in black felt tip
Inscribed Photograph signed: "For John/ Sincerely,/ Bea Wain", in black felt tip, b/w, 8x10. Singer Bea Wain (1917-2017), born Beatrice Weinsier, was considered by many to be the best vocalist of her era. Wain, who sang with bandleader Gene Kardos during the mid-1930s, also appeared on NBC's Children's Hour and was a member of Ted Staeter's Choir as well as her own group, Bea and the Bachelors. The quartet, which also consisted of Al Rinker, Ken Lane and John Smedberg, performed on Fred Waring's radio program as part of V-8, a vocal group that also included the Modernaires. In 1937, Wain's group joined Kay Thompson and worked on Kate Smith's radio show, during which time bandleader Larry Clinton offered Wain the job of vocalist with his newly formed orchestra. Wain remained with Clinton for a year and a half before going solo in early 1939. She recorded several songs, charting only one, but she continued to sing, perform and appear on radio through the 1940s. From 1936 until his death on September 15, 1991, Wain was married to André Baruch, whose career as a radio and television announcer and narrator spanned 60 years (he was the voice of Pathé newsreels before and after WWII). Fine condition.
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