Lynn Gardner

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Vocalist Lynn Gardner joined Will Bradleys or­ches­tra in January 1941. When co-leader Ray McKinley split the band in January 1942, she re­mained with Bradley. She made two soundies with the or­ches­tra: I’m Tired of Waiting for You” in 1941 and Jack and Jill” in 1942. She left Bradley for Bob Allens group in September 1942, stay­ing un­til March 1943.

In November 1943, Gardner opened on Broadway as one of the stars of the mu­si­cal What’s Up?, with mu­sic by Lerner and Lowe. After the show closed on January 4, 1944, she hit the ho­tel and the­ater cir­cuit as a solo artist, land­ing the role of fea­tured vo­cal­ist on Bob Hawk’s Thanks to the Yanks ra­dio pro­gram later that year. She left Hawk’s show in March 1945 in an­tic­i­pa­tion of her May wed­ding to Al Durante, the as­sis­tant di­rec­tor of ra­dio pub­lic­ity for the J. Walter Thompson agency.

Gardner seem­ingly re­tired af­ter her mar­riage or at least van­ished from the pub­lic eye. She was alive as of 2009.

A bomber was named af­ter Gardner dur­ing World War II.


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  • Jack and Jill
    Will Bradley (Lynn Gardner, Ray McKinley), Columbia (1941)
  • I'm Tired of Waiting for You
    Will Bradley (Lynn Gardner, Ray McKinley), Columbia (1941)
  • Love Me a Little
    Will Bradley (Lynn Gardner), Columbia (1941)

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    "I'm Tired of Waiting for You"
    Will Bradley (Lynn Gardner, Ray McKinley)
    Minoco (1942)

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  2. “What's Up.” Internet Broadway Database. Accessed24 Dec. 2015.
  3. “Vocalist with Band.” The Tuscaloosa News 19 Jan. 1941: 7.
  4. Radio Guide. The Milwaukee Sentinel 27 Apr. 1941: 9-C.
  5. “Separate Band for Will and Ray.” Billboard 31 Jan. 1942: 9.
  6. “Movie Machine Reviews.” Billboard 28 Mar. 1942: 113.
  7. “Orchestra Notes.” Billboard 3 Oct. 1942: 23.
  8. Grennard, Elliott. “On the Air: Bob Allen.” Billboard 19 Dec. 1942: 23.
  9. “Bob Allen Signed for Penn, Capitol.” Billboard 20 Mar. 1943: 26.
  10. “Broadway Openings: What's Up?” Billboard 20 Mar. 1943: 26.
  11. “Lynn Gardner on Her Own.” Billboard 12 Feb. 1944: 15.
  12. Steinhauser, Si. “Kay Kyser Keeps His Promise Not to Get Bigheaded on the Radio.” The Pittsburgh Press 17 Sep. 1944: 30.
  13. Steinhauser, Si. “Radio Comics Establish Youth Foundation.” The Pittsburgh Press 9 Mar. 1945: 37.
  14. “Marriages.” Billboard 19 May 1945: 35.
  15. irenegade. “Lynn Gardner Durante.” Online video clip. YouTube. YouTube 22 Feb. 2009. Web. 24 Dec. 2015.