June Hutton

aka Elaine Merritt

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Vocalist June Hutton was the half-sis­ter of band­leader Ina Ray Hutton, for whom she sang in the late 1930s un­der the name of Elaine Merritt. In late 1941, or­ches­tra leader Charlie Spivak teamed her with the three male mem­bers of the Stardusters vo­cal group and be­gan to heav­ily fea­ture the quar­tet in per­for­mances and on record­ings. Hutton of­ten sang lead and was at times billed un­der her own name. When Spivak fired the Stardusters in September 1943, Hutton quit the act and de­cided to pur­sue a solo ca­reer.

In June 1944, Hutton re­placed Jo Stafford as a mem­ber of the Pied Pipers. In do­ing so, she be­came a mem­ber of the Chesterfield fam­ily of ra­dio per­son­al­i­ties, which in­cluded Stafford, or­ches­tra leader Paul Weston, and Johnny Mercer, singer and founder of Capitol Records. She recorded the mem­o­rable hit song Dream” with the Pipers that year as well as a duet with Mercer un­der her own name, with the Pipers back­ing. She also recorded with Weston’s or­ches­tra in 1944. Though the record­ings had the or­ches­tra lead­er’s name on them, they were de­signed to push Hutton as a singer.

In late 1949, Hutton left the Pipers to go solo, record­ing for Decca. She made reg­u­lar ap­pear­ances on Frank Sinatras tele­vi­sion pro­gram in 1951, where she met con­duc­tor Axel Stordahl. The two were mar­ried that same year. In 1952, she signed with Capitol Records again, where Stordahl backed her on many record­ings over the next few years. She of­ten sang ac­com­pa­nied by an all-male vo­cal group, the Boys Next Door. During this time, she also recorded sev­eral duets with Gordon McRae.

Hutton re­leased her fi­nal record­ings in 1957 on the TOPS la­bel. She re­tired soon af­ter. June Hutton passed away in 1973 at age 51.

Music

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  • I Surrender Dear
    Charlie Spivak (June Hutton and the Stardusters), Okeh (1941)
  • This Is No Laughing Matter
    Charlie Spivak (June Hutton and the Stardusters), Okeh (1941)
  • Papa Nicolini
    Charlie Spivak (Garry Stevens and the Stardusters), Okeh (1941)
  • At Last
    Charlie Spivak (Garry Stevens and the Stardusters), Columbia (1942)

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Films

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    "Time Alone Will Tell"
    Charlie Spivak (Stardusters)
    from the film Pin Up Girl, 20th Century Fox (1944)
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    "P.S. I Love You"
    June Hutton, Guy Lombardo
    from The Guy Lombardo Show, (1955)

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  • One Night Stand: Charlie Spivak
    October 1, 1943 (AFRS) 29:31

Sources

  1. Simon, George T. The Big Bands. 4th ed. New York: Schirmer, 1981.
  2. “June Hutton.” IMDb. Accessed 27 Dec. 2015.
  3. “On the Records.” Billboard 14 Mar. 1942: 74.
  4. “Stardusters Put on Notice by Charlie Spivak.” Billboard 18 Sep. 1943: 5.
  5. Cohen, Harold V. “Drama Desk.” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 26 Nov. 1943: n. pag.
  6. “Jo Stafford and Gracie Fields Set for Summer.” Billboard 3 Jun. 1944: 6.
  7. “'Chesterfield Music Shop' Gets Wendall Niles & Pipers.” Billboard 10 Jun. 1944: 11.
  8. “Popular Record Reviews.” Billboard 25 Nov. 1944: 21.
  9. “Popular Record Reviews.” Billboard 16 Dec. 1944: 21.
  10. “Hutton Inks Pact With Decca.” Billboard 10 Dec. 1949: 15.