Born Yvonne Jasme, big band vocalist Connie Haines began singing and
dancing at an early age. Her big break came in 1935, at age 13, when she
won an amateur contest on Fred Allen's NBC radio program. During the late
1930s she worked for Howard Lally's orchestra.
In 1939 bandleader Harry James heard Haines rehearsing at a New York music
publishing company and hired her for his band, changing her name. She left
the following year and kept busy with solo engagements around the New
York area before being hired by Tommy Dorsey, where she joined former
James bandmate Frank Sinatra.
In 1941 Haines landed the spot as featured vocalist on Abbott and Costello's