Bea Wain, big band vocalist, dies at 100

Bea WainBEA WAIN, 100, of congestive heart failure on August 17 in Beverly Hills, Calif. Started singing on the radio at the age of 6, became a hit-making vocalist in the late 1930s, and performed into her ninth decade as one of the last survivors of prominence from the Big Band era. Among her biggest hits with the Larry Clinton Orchestra were “My Reverie,” “Deep Purple,” “Heart and Soul,” and “Martha (Ah! So Pure).”

She went on to a solo career on the college and theater circuit and became a regular on Your Hit Parade radio show. She and her husband Andre Baruch co-hosted radio talk shows in New York City and Palm Beach, Florida before settling in Beverly Hills, California.

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