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Betty Bennett

Betty Bennett was an American jazz and big band singer. Bennett was born in October 1921. Her first major signing was with the Claude Thornhill band in 1946, the band in which her husband, bassist Iggy Shevak, was playing. Shortly after her husband left to join Alvino Rey, Bennett followed him there. In 1949, she joined Charlie Ventura's band before going on to join Benny Goodman in 1959. Her second album featured arrangements by Shorty Rogers and her second husband, André Previn. Bennett later married guitarist Mundell Lowe. He died in December 2017 at the age of 95. Bennett died in April 2020 at the age of 98


Betty Bennett (1921-2020)

Betty Bennett (1921-2020)

Betty Bennett, who in the 1940s sang with bands led by Alvino Rey, Claude Thornhill and Charlie Ventura before moving to Los Angeles and recording vocal albums for Trend, Atlantic, United Artists and Kapp, died April 7. She was 98. Betty was married to bassist Iggy Shevak, pianist Andre Previn and guitarist Mundell Lowe. Betty left ...


Interview: Betty Bennett (Part 2)

Interview: Betty Bennett (Part 2)

It seems everyone has a good Benny Goodman story, and the best often are from those who actually worked for him. In fact, in his lifetime, Goodman may have generated as many great stories about his flinty personality as he did hit singles. Vocalist Betty Bennett sang with Goodman in 1959 and, like many other artists, ...


Interview: Betty Bennett (Part 1)

Interview: Betty Bennett (Part 1)

Back in May, in one of my Sunday “Oddball Album Covers of the Week" posts, I showcased two LPs featuring women stretched out on lawns. One was Nobody Else But Me, a 1955 album by vocalist Betty Bennett for Atlantic Records that was arranged by Andre Previn and Shorty Rogers. The point of my post was ...


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