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 “Accentuate 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.