Phyllis Lynne

Paul Pendarvis, Chico Marx, Russ Morgan, Frankie Carle

Often described by contemporary critics as a competent but unexciting singer, Phyllis Lynne kept busy during the 1940s but never set the world on fire. Lynne, whose name was sometimes misspelled Lynn, first worked with Paul Pendarvis and other “name and semi-name” bands in the West before joining Russ Morgan’s orchestra sometime before August 1941, staying until June 1942. June 1943 found her with Chico Marx, and in late July of that year she signed with Vaughn Monroe, where she replaced Marilyn Duke. She left Monroe in April 1944 to join Frankie Carle’s orchestra, passing up a contract offer from 20th Century Fox in August that year to remain with the band.

Lynne left Carle at the first of September 1945 and in early 1947 appeared in the Broadway musical Toplitzky of Notre Dame. In September 1951, she joined a new Western orchestra formed by Gene Autry musical director Carl Cotner. In summer 1952, she sang with Autry on his recording of “Don’t Believe a Word They Say.”


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  1. Liner Notes. Russ Morgan and His Orchestra. 1941-1954, Circle, 1997.
  2. “Orchestra Notes.” Billboard 13 Jun. 1942: 25. Print.
  3. “Vaudeville Reviews: Orpheum, Los Angeles.” Billboard 19 Jun. 1943: 16. Print.
  4. “Phyllis Lynne With Vaughn Monroe Ork.” Billboard 7 Aug. 1943: 12. Print.
  5. “Vaudeville Reviews: Paramount, New York.” Billboard 25 Sep. 1943: 17. Print.
  6. Smith, Bill. “On the Stand: Vaughn Monroe.” Billboard 8 Apr. 1944: 20. Print.
  7. “Car Strike Cuts Carle Gross.” Billboard 12 Aug. 1944: 28. Print.
  8. “Music Grapevine.” Billboard 19 Aug. 1944: 16. Print.
  9. “Heat Chills San Fran Take.” Billboard 30 Jun. 1945: 34. Print.
  10. “Vaudeville Reviews: Oriental, Chicago.” Billboard 22 Sep. 1945: 35. Print.
  11. “Broadway Openings: Toplitzky of Notre Dame.” Billboard 4 Jan. 1947: 24. Print.
  12. “Music as Written.” Billboard 1 Sep. 1951: 19. Print.
  13. “Country & Western (Folk) Record Reviews.” Billboard 16 Aug. 1952: 38. Print.