Phyllis Lynne

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Often de­scribed by 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 Carles 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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  • I Was Here When You Left Me (I'll Be Here When You Get Back)
    Frankie Carle (Phyllis Lynne), Columbia (1945)

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