Irene Daye (January 17, 1918 in Lawrence,
Massachusetts - November 1, 1971 in
Greenville, South Carolina) was an American
jazz singer. Irene Daye began her career at
age 17 by singing in Jan Murphy's big band
while still in high school in 1935, continuing
with Murphy through 1937. She then worked
briefly with Mal Hallett before beginning work
with Gene Krupa, with whose orchestra she
sang from 1938 to 1941. Krupa and Daye
recorded 63 titles together, with her biggest
hit being "Drum Boogie", which was recorded
in the last session she did with Krupa. She
also sang this song in the film Ball of Fire,
though on-screen the tune was lip-synched
by Barbara Stanwyck.
After leaving Krupa, Daye retired from music
at the age of 23, marrying Corky Cornelius.
Anita O'Day took her spot in Krupa's
orchestra. Daye had a daughter in 1943, but
Cornelius (then in the Casa Loma Orchestra)
died suddenly later that year, after which she
returned to her singing career.
Wikipedia Artist Biography - Irene Daye
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