Louise Tobin

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Louise Tobin will turn 103 years old this November and is one of the few remaining links we have left to The Big Band Era.  She is most known for her work with Benny Goodman's band in which she recorded the hits "There'll Be Some Changes Made", "Scatterbrain" and "Blue Orchids" among others.  Tobin was also the first wife of Harry James.

Louise, in my opinion, was a great vocalist. Her time with Goodman's band was quite short.  She was originally brought in to replace Martha Tilton who had recently just left the band but in that brief time she was able to leave her mark. It's sometimes forgotten that she recorded with other big names from the era including Will Bradley, Bobby Hackett, Ziggy Elman and Emil Coleman.

Throughout the 1950's and early 60's, Tobin took a break from the music scene as she raised her two children she had while married to Harry James.  In 1967, Tobin married famed clarinetist, Peanuts Hucko.  Hucko went on to lead the Glenn Miller Orchestra and Tobin toured worldwide with the band as well.

Watch: Louise Tobin with Emil Coleman's Band

It was last reported that Louise Tobin now lives with her son, Harry James, Jr., in a suburb of Dallas, Texas.  You can learn more about Louise at: louisetobin.com.

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