Imogene Lynn

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Vocalist Imogene Lynn began her career singing in society orchestras, including that of Emerson Gill. In early 1942, she sang with Art Jarrett’s band before joining Ray McKinley’s new group, where she became a featured singer, recording such tunes as “Big Boy” and “Who Wouldn’t Love You.” She was married to McKinley clarinetist Mahlon Clark. She left McKinley in 1943 and sang with the Dale Jones Sextette.

In early 1944, Lynn joined Freddie Slack’s orchestra, staying until October, when Artie Shaw hired her for his new band. She provided vocals on several Shaw numbers, most notably ’Ac-cent-tchu-ate the Positive." She remained with Shaw for two years and then joined the three MacMichael brothers as part of the vocal quartet the Merry Macs. She left them in July 1947 to join the Smart Set vocal group. In 1949 she became a member of the Starlighters.

During the 1940s and 1950s, Lynn worked in Hollywood, dubbing vocals for several films. She also provided the singing voice for the title character in the famed Tex Avery cartoon Red Hot Riding Hood in 1943. She later appeared regularly on television’s Tennessee Ernie Ford Show. During her career, Lynn worked as a back-up vocalist for such artists as Nat King Cole, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, and Jo Stafford. Imogene Lynn passed away from respiratory and renal cancer in 2003.


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  • Big Boy
    Ray McKinley (Imogene Lynn), Capitol (1942)
  • Accentuate the Positive
    Artie Shaw (Imogene Lynn), RCA Victor (1944)

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  • Big Boy
    "Big Boy"
    Ray McKinley (Imogene Lynn)
    RKO (1942)
  • Daddy
    Imogene Lynn
    from the cartoon Red Hot Riding Hood, MGM (1943)

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  2. Steinhauser, Si. “Top Radio Band Boss Adds Fame.” The Pittsburgh Press 4 Feb. 1942: 11.
  3. “On the Stand: Ray McKinley.” Billboard 2 May 1942: 20.
  4. “On the Records: Ray McKinley.” Billboard 6 Feb. 1943: 22.
  5. “Reviews: Dale Jones Sextette.” Billboard 27 Nov. 1943: 25.
  6. “Vaudeville Reviews: Orpheum, Los Angeles.” Billboard 22 Apr. 1944: 27.
  7. “Artie Shaw's Ban on 52-Week Basis.” Billboard 4 Nov. 1944: 21.
  8. “Record Reviews.” Billboard 12 Oct. 1946: 31.
  9. “Music as Written.” Billboard 26 Jul. 1947: 36.
  10. “Clarinetist Known for His Work on Soundtrack Dies.” Star-News [Wilmington, NC] 4 Oct. 2007: 3B.

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