Ruth Gaylor

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Vocalist Ruth Gaylor sang and recorded with the Hudson-DeLange Orchestra from 1935 to early 1937 before joining Mitchell Ayres’ group. Early 1938 found her working for Will Haynes, but she’d joined Bunny Berigan by mid-year, with whose band she both recorded and appeared on their radio program.

By January 1940, Gaylor was with Teddy Powell, leaving in early 1942. By May 1944, she had become part of Hal McIntyre’s orchestra, appearing with them in two films. Gaylor put in her notice to leave McIntyre at the end of 1945 in order to spend time with her husband, who was returning home from the war, but when he contracted yellow fever and had to stay abroad, she rescinded her notice and stayed for a few more months, finally leaving in early 1946.

Gaylor traveled to Europe with McIntyre’s band during a 1945 USO tour. She was so cheerful and uncomplaining about the hardships of traveling along the front that American General William R. Schmidt pinned two general’s stars on her USO uniform and gave her a letter with permission to wear them.


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  • The Moon Is Grinning
    Hudson-DeLange Orchestra (Ruth Gaylor), Brunswick (1936)
  • To a Sweet Pretty Thing
    Mitchell Ayres (Ruth Gaylor), Variety (1937)
  • Wake Up and Live
    Hudson-DeLange Orchestra (Ruth Gaylor), Master (1937)
  • 'Round the Old Deserted Farm
    Bunny Berigan (Ruth Gaylor), Victor (1938)
  • Never Felt Better, Never Had Less
    Bunny Berigan (Ruth Gaylor), Victor (1938)
  • The Things I Love
    Teddy Powell (Ruth Gaylor), Bluebird (1941)
  • My Funny Valentine
    Hal McIntyre (Ruth Gaylor), Bluebird (1944)
  • I'm Making Believe
    Hal McIntyre (Ruth Gaylor), Bluebird (1944)
  • I'm in a Jam with Baby
    Hal McIntyre (Ruth Gaylor), Bluebird (1944)

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  • St. Louis Blues
    "St. Louis Blues"
    Hal McIntyre (Ruth Gaylor)
    From the feature film Sing Me a Song of Texas, Columbia (1945)

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  2. The Online 78rpm Discographical Project. Accessed 24 Dec. 2015.
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  4. Reich, Viola. “Aerial View.” Santa Monica Corsair 28 Oct. 1936: 2.
  5. “WHIS Highlights.” Bluefield Daily Telegraph [Bluefield, West Virginia] 31 Jan. 1937: 4.
  6. Advertisement. Bakersfield Californian 9 Apr. 1938: 7.
  7. “Movie Views and Reviews.” Reading Eagle [Reading, Pennsylvania] 19 May 1938: 12.
  8. “Annual K. of C. Ball Next Friday Evening.” The Kingston Daily Freeman 27 Jan. 1940: 9.
  9. Gum, Coburn. “On the Records.” St. Petersburg Times 11 May 1941: 10.
  10. Tucker, George. “Man About Manhattan.” Prescott Evening-Courier [Prescott, Arizona] 21 Aug. 1941: 4.
  11. “Collegiate Choice of Female Vocalists.” Billboard 2 May 1942: 21.
  12. Ray, Robert Lee. “Sweet and Lo-Down.” Bonham Daily Favorite [Bonham, Texas] 21 May 1944: 4.
  13. “Music Grapevine.” Billboard 2 Sep. 1944: 15.
  14. “Come on Over, the Front's Fine.” Billboard 17 Mar. 1945: 12.
  15. “McIntyre in E.T.O. via George Moffett.” Billboard 14 Jul. 1945: 16.
  16. O'Brian, Jack. “Broadway.” Hope Star [Hope, Arkansas] 8 Jan. 1946: 3.
  17. “Vaudeville Reviews: Oriental, Chicago.” Billboard 9 Mar. 1946: 46.

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