Gail Reese

Vocalist Gail Reese sang with trom­bon­ist Mike Durso’s or­ches­tra in 1935 and Bunny Berigan in 1937. Glenn Miller hired her as vo­cal­ist for this third and most fa­mous band but, look­ing to bring more ex­cite­ment into the or­ches­tra, soon re­placed her with Marion Hutton. Coincidentally, Durso by that time had given up his band and was play­ing with Vincent Lopez, from whom Miller signed Hutton.

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  • Why'd Ya Make Me Fall in Love
    Glenn Miller (Gail Reese), Biltmore (1938)

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  • Glenn Miller
    June 18, 1938 (NBC) 29:59

Sources

  1. Simon, George T. The Big Bands. 4th ed. New York: Schirmer, 1981.
  2. The Online Discographical Project. Accessed 10 Aug. 2016.
  3. “Pipping Rock Club Opens Its Season at Saratoga Spa.” Schenectady Gazette 27 Jul. 1935: 5.
  4. “Earl Wilson Interviews Betty Hutton.” The Sunday Star [Wilmington, DE] 20 Jan. 1952: n.p.