Pinky Tomlin

Pinky Tomlin

Born 1907

Truman "Pinky" Tomlin was a singer, songwriter, and bandleader of the 1930s and 1940s. He also acted in occasional motion pictures. He wrote and published 22 songs, several of which were in the top ten on the "Hit Parade. " In 1938, a song he had written, titled "In Ole Oklahoma," was adopted as Oklahoma’s state song. Born Eros, Arkansas, Tomlin grew up in Durant, Oklahoma. He was nicknamed Pinky because his red hair and fair complexion sunburned easily.… Read More

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1907 Birth Born in 1907.


1934 27 Years Old He came to national attention while attending the University of Oklahoma. He submitted his original composition, co written in 1934 by Coy Poe to Jimmy Grier. "The Object of My Affection" became a No. 1 hit late that year for Jimmie Grier's Coconut Grove Orchestra, featuring Pinky Tomlin's vocal (Brunswick 7308)., and Jimmie Grier, asked Tomlin himself to introduce it to the public. … Read More
1935 28 Years Old In 1935 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer offered to groom the young singer and build him up as an actor, but Tomlin preferred to concentrate on his musical career.


1937 30 Years Old Tomlin did star in four musical features for Melody Pictures in 1937-38; he also wrote the scores. … Read More
1938 31 Years Old Tomlin met this professional setback by organizing his own swing band in 1938. … Read More


1981 74 Years Old Pinky Tomlin’s autobiography, appropriately titled The Object of My Affection, was published in 1981.
1986 79 Years Old Joanne and Pinky Tomlin remained happily married until their respective deaths in 1986 and 1987. … Read More
1987 80 Years Old He died in North Hollywood, California on December 12, 1987. … Read More
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