Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Ina May Hutton and her all girl band of the 1930s.
Ina Ray Hutton, was an American female leader during the Big band era. She began dancing and singing in stage revues at the age of eight. In the 1930s she performed on Broadway in George White's Scandals and The Ziegfeld Follies.
In 1934 she was asked to lead an all-girl orchestra, the Melodears, which featured musicians including trumpet player Frances Klein. The group disbanded in 1939. In 1940 she led an all-male orchestra, it was later disbanded in 1946.