Vocalist Betty Van began her career singing on Los Angeles radio station KHJ at age 17. When she graduated from high school, she toured with Kenny Baker’s orchestra before being invited to join Benny Goodman in mid-1937. She remained with the band only a few months before being replaced by Martha Tilton. After leaving Goodman, she sang on the nightclub circuit.
In 1939, Van was with Vito Musso’s orchestra. When Musso, a former Goodman saxophonist, turned his band over to Johnny “Scat” Davis in mid-1939, Van remained, but in October Davis decided to change gears from swing to sweet music, and both she and Musso left. Musso formed a new band with Van as vocalist.
In summer 1940, Van sang with Sonny Dunham. Later that year she was with Charles Dant’s NBC orchestra, leaving for a year and then returning in November 1941. In April 1942, Van joined Jack Teagarden’s band, touring with them before retiring to get married.