Louise Tobin

Born Nov 11, 1918

Mary Louise Tobin is an American singer. She appeared with Benny Goodman, Bobby Hackett, Will Bradley, and Jack Jenney. Tobin introduced I Didn't Know What Time It Was with Benny Goodman’s band in 1939. Her biggest hit with Goodman was There'll Be Some Changes Made, which was number two on the Hit Parade in 1941 for 15 weeks.… Read More

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1918 Birth Born in 1918.


1932 14 Years Old In 1932 Tobin won a CBS Radio Talent Contest and, after touring with society dance orchestras in Texas, joined Art Hicks and his Orchestra in 1934. … Read More


1939 21 Years Old Tobin brought Frank Sinatra to James' attention in 1939 after hearing Sinatra sing on the radio. … Read More
1940 22 Years Old In 1940 Tobin recorded “Deed I Do” and “Don’t Let It Get You Down,” with Will Bradley and His Orchestra.
1943 25 Years Old Tobin and James were divorced in 1943.
1945 27 Years Old In 1945 she recorded “All through the Day” with Tommy Jones and His Orchestra, and “June Comes Every Year” with Emil Coleman and His Orchestra.
1946 28 Years Old In 1946 she performed with Skippy Anderson’s Band at the Melodee Club in Los Angeles, and in 1950 she recorded “Sunny Disposish” with Ziggy Elman and His Orchestra.


1962 44 Years Old After a long hiatus spent raising her two boys, Tobin accepted an invitation from jazz critic and publisher George Simon to sing at the 1962 Newport Jazz Festival, where she met her future husband, clarinetist Peanuts Hucko.
1967 49 Years Old The Whitney Balliett review of the festival published in The New Yorker included the statement: “Louise Tobin sings like the young Ella Fitzgerald.” Peanuts and Louise began to perform regularly together, including at the Gibson-inspired Odessa Jazz Parties and a regular engagement at Blues Alley in Washington, D.C. They married in 1967 and moved to Denver, Colorado, where they were co-owners and the house band of the Navarre Club. … Read More


2008 90 Years Old In 2008 Tobin donated her extensive collection of original musical arrangements, press clippings, programs, recordings, playbills and photographs to create the Tobin-Hucko Jazz Collection at Texas A&M University-Commerce. … Read More
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