Bea Wain

Real Name:
Beatrice Weinsier
Profile:
American Big Band-era vocalist (born April 30, 1917 in New York City, died August 19, 2017 in Beverly Hills).

On a 1937 recording with Artie Shaw she was credited as Beatrice Wayne, which led some to assume that was her real name. On record labels her name was shortened (without her permission) to "Bea" by the record company, ostensibly for space considerations. She led the vocal group Bea and the Bachelors (with Al Rinker, Ken Lane, and John Smedberg), and the V8 (seven boys and a girl) on the Fred Waring show. In 1937, Wain joined former Tommy Dorsey arranger Larry Clinton and His Orchestra. She was featured with Clinton on a number of hit tunes, including "Martha" and "Heart and Soul". In 1939, she was voted the most popular female band vocalist in a Billboard poll, and that same year she began her solo career.

Wain had four #1 hits:"Cry, Baby. Cry," "Deep Purple", "Heart and Soul" and her signature song, "My Reverie." She is considered by many to be one of the best female vocalists of her era, possessing a natural feel for swing-music rhythms not often found among white singers of the day. With regard to technique, she excelled in pitch and subtle utilization of dynamics. She also communicated a feminine sensuality and sang with conviction in an unforced manner.

She was married to radio announcer André Baruch between 1938 and his death 1991 and with him, they hit the radio airwaves following World War II as a disc jockey team billed as Mr. and Mrs. Music.

Bea Wain died at a retirement home on August 19, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California at the age of 100.
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Singles & EPs

25837-A Bea Wain - I Married An Angel / How To Win Friends And Influence People album art Larry Clinton And His Orchestra, Bea Wain Larry Clinton And His Orchestra, Bea Wain - I Married An Angel / How To Win Friends And Influence People(Shellac, 10", Single, Mono) Victor 25837-A US 1938 Sell This Version
26311 Bea Wain - Oh You Crazy Moon / Stormy Weather album art Bea Wain Oh You Crazy Moon / Stormy Weather(Shellac, 10") Victor 26311 US 1939 Sell This Version
27236 Bea Wain - No Love Blues / How Did He Look album art Bea Wain No Love Blues / How Did He Look(Shellac, 10") Victor 27236 US 1940 Sell This Version
27486 Bea Wain - You Started Something / Peekaboo To You album art Bea Wain You Started Something / Peekaboo To You(Shellac, 10") Victor 27486 US 1941 Sell This Version
27445 Bea Wain - That's How I Got My Start / Kiss The Boys Goodbye album art Bea Wain That's How I Got My Start / Kiss The Boys Goodbye(Shellac, 10") Victor 27445 US 1941 Sell This Version
27353 Bea Wain - Do I Worry? / You Can Depend On Me album art Bea Wain Do I Worry? / You Can Depend On Me(Shellac, 10") Victor 27353 US 1941 Sell This Version
27593 Bea Wain - The Birth Of The Blues / You'll Never Know album art Bea Wain With Orchestra* The Birth Of The Blues / You'll Never Know(Shellac, 10") Victor 27593 US 1941 Sell This Version
1 Bea Wain - Put Your Arms Around Me, Honey album art Bea Wain / Tommy Dorsey And His Orchestra Vocal Refrain By Frank Sinatra Bea Wain / Tommy Dorsey And His Orchestra Vocal Refrain By Frank Sinatra - Put Your Arms Around Me, Honey(12") V Disc 1 US 1943 Sell This Version
30-0816 Bea Wain - Blue Rain / Hello, My Lover, Goodbye album art Bea Wain Blue Rain / Hello, My Lover, Goodbye(Shellac, 10") Bluebird (3) 30-0816 US 1943 Sell This Version
310 Bea Wain - Mighty Lak' A Rose / My Reverie album art Frank Sinatra / Bea Wain Frank Sinatra / Bea Wain - Mighty Lak' A Rose / My Reverie V Disc 310 US 1944 Sell This Version
722 Bea Wain - You Made Me Love You / That Old Black Magic album art Bea Wain / Frank Sinatra Bea Wain / Frank Sinatra - You Made Me Love You / That Old Black Magic(12") V Disc 722 US 1947 Sell This Version
835 Bea Wain - Born To Be Blue / Fools Rush In album art Dottie Reed* / Bea Wain Dottie Reed* / Bea Wain - Born To Be Blue / Fools Rush In(12") V Disc 835 US 1948 Sell This Version
26580 Bea Wain With Orchestra* It's A Lovely Day Tomorrow / It's Somebody Else(Shellac, 10") Victor 26580 US Unknown Sell This Version
26400 Bea Wain - Make With The Kisses / I Didn't Know What Time It Was album art Bea Wain With Orchestra* Make With The Kisses / I Didn't Know What Time It Was(Shellac, 10") Victor 26400 Unknown Sell This Version
27363 Bea Wain - My Sister And I / Afraid To Say Hello album art Bea Wain And Orchestra* My Sister And I / Afraid To Say Hello(Shellac, 10") Victor 27363 US Unknown Sell This Version

Compilations

RJL-2587(M) Bea Wain - My Reverie album art Bea Wain My Reverie(LP, Comp) RCA RJL-2587(M) Japan 1982 Sell This Version
6031 Bea Wain - The Big Bands' Greatest Vocalists Volume 4 album art Bea Wain With Larry Clinton And His Orchestra Bea Wain With Larry Clinton And His Orchestra - The Big Bands' Greatest Vocalists Volume 4(LP, Comp) Joyce 6031 US 1983 Sell This Version
JASCD 378 Bea Wain - My Reverie album art Bea Wain My Reverie(CD, Comp, Mono) Jasmine Records JASCD 378 UK 2000 Sell This Version
NOCD 3016 Bea Wain - Transcription Sessions 1937 - 1938, Vol. 1 album art Larry Clinton & Bea Wain Larry Clinton & Bea Wain - Transcription Sessions 1937 - 1938, Vol. 1(CD, Comp) Nostalgia Arts NOCD 3016 Europe 2001 Sell This Version
CD AJA 5629 Bea Wain - My Reverie album art Larry Clinton And His Orchestra, Bea Wain Larry Clinton And His Orchestra, Bea Wain - My Reverie(CD, Comp, Mono) Living Era CD AJA 5629 UK 2006 Sell This Version
RTR 4325 Bea Wain - Heart And Soul: Her 26 Finest 1937-1941 album art Bea Wain With Larry Clinton & His Orchestra* Bea Wain With Larry Clinton & His Orchestra* - Heart And Soul: Her 26 Finest 1937-1941(CD, Comp) Retrospective Records RTR 4325 UK 2018 Sell This Version
7109 Bea Wain - My Reverie album art Larry Clinton And His Orchestra, Bea Wain Larry Clinton And His Orchestra, Bea Wain - My Reverie(LP, Comp) Bandstand Records 7109 Unknown Sell This Version
AJAZZ 501, AJAZZ-501 Bea Wain With Larry Clinton & His Orchestra* Bea Wain With Larry Clinton & His Orchestra* - The Big Bands' Greatest Vocalists - Bea Wain, Vol. 5(LP, Comp) Ajazz Records, Ajazz Records AJAZZ 501, AJAZZ-501 US Unknown Sell This Version
7109 Bea Wain - A Design For Dancing 1937-1938 Vol II album art Larry Clinton And His Orchestra Featuring Bea Wain Larry Clinton And His Orchestra Featuring Bea Wain - A Design For Dancing 1937-1938 Vol II(LP, Comp) Bandstand Records 7109 US Unknown Sell This Version