Bea Wain dies at 100
Bea Wain – born Beatrice Weinsier – an American Big Band-era singer born in the Bronx (NY) has died at 100. She had a number of hits with Larry Clinton and his Orchestra. After her marriage with André Baruch in 1938, she and her husband became involved in radio. She was only 6 when she started her career as made her debut on radio as a “featured performer” on the NBC Children’s Hour.
Young, underpaid and unaware she was helping shape music history, Wain was among the revered singers of the 1930s and ’40s, when band leaders such as Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey and Benny Goodman captivated America with their easy-to-hum, jazz-infused performances and recordings.
Wain had four No. 1 hits: “Cry, Baby, Cry”, “Deep Purple”, “Heart and Soul”, and her signature song, “My Reverie”. In a 1939 Billboard Magazine college poll, Wain was named the year’s most popular female band vocalist, a triumph considering the competition from superstar Ella Fitzgerald.
Wain died as a result of congestive heart failure at a retirement home on August 19, 2017 in Beverly Hills. Her husband died in 1991 so she is survived by a daughter, Bonnie Barnes; a son, Wayne Baruch; and two grandchildren, Brandon and Remy Baruch.