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Bea Wain's gorgeous voice is marvelously reproduced and celebrated on Jasmine's My Reverie, a fabulous compendium of classic big band recordings dating from 1937-1941. Backed by the orchestras of Larry Clinton, Artie Shaw and Leonard Joy, this charming woman demonstrates her ability to handle each and every song with uncontrived style and finesse. Her version of Harold Arlen's "Stormy Weather" is an immaculately rendered rite of passage. Even Hoagy Carmichael's long-suffering "Heart and Soul" becomes a delectable treat when sung by Wain. Songs of a romantic nature undergo a magical transformation; "Deep Purple" and "I Didn't Know What Time It Was" become arrestingly beautiful, while "Dancing in the Dark" might well cause susceptible listeners to abandon all worldly attachments and responsibilities in order to worship the voice of Wain by playing this one song — "Dancing in the Dark," words by Howard Dietz, music by Arthur Schwartz — over and over again for the rest of time.


Born: April 30, 1917 in New York, NY

Genre: Vocal

Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s

Big band-era vocalist Bea Wain (formerly Wayne) was born April 30, 1917 in New York City; after learning piano as a child, she went on to appear on the NBC radio series Children's Hour, and in her teens sang with vocal groups headlined by Fred Waring, Kay Thompson and others. After a stint with the Gene Kardos Orchestra, in 1937 Wain joined former Tommy Dorsey arranger Larry Clinton and His Orchestra, where in the following year her warm, engaging voice was featured on a series of hits including...
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