Bea Wain

« previous episode | next episode »

Friday, April 13, 2007

Singer Bea Wain will celebrate her 90th birthday at the end of this month. As WNYC’s Sara Fishko tells us in this edition of the Fishko Files, Wain’s voice took her far...and introduced her to other voices she remembers well...

Listen to Sing Sing Sing, performed by the V-8 Vocal Ensemble, with Bea Wain (and 7 others!) From the Fred Waring Radio Show, CBS Radio 1936.
Courtesy of Fred Waring Collection, Penn State University Libraries.

You Can Depend on Me: The Complete Recordings, Vol. 1 is available for purchase at

News, weather, Radiolab, Brian Lehrer and more.
Get the best of WNYC in your inbox, every morning.

Comments [6]

Joe Follo

I'm a big fan of Bea Wain, who sang every song well. She could swing and she could sing a ballad with the best of the big band girl singers. She had a very musical sound. I particularly like her renditions of You Go To My Head and The Masquerade is Over (sung with Larry Clinton's band). She did some nice tunes on her own, e.g., Blue Rain, and she was singing well in her 70s (the last time I heard her).

Jun. 18 2012 05:39 PM

Check out Bea Wain and the Larry Clinton Orchestra on YouTube doing "Heart and Soul." Pure Forties magic. A great song and a great video.

Feb. 17 2012 12:38 PM
james wingeier from Hamburg, New York

I'm 64 yrs. old and recently discovered the most beautiful voice I've ever heard- that of BEA WAIN favorite of all her hits is I DOUBLE DARE YOU......thank you BEA....

Dec. 19 2010 08:47 PM
J. James

Posted a comment on Bea Wain.. not sure it went...Have watched her performance of " Heart & Soul" at least fifteen times on our PBS station.. a Big bands thing.. She is the utimate... Hope I am not too late in telling her this, as I know she is over 90... I an over 70...
I will try to secure the recording...

Dec. 19 2010 03:35 PM
stan from petaluma, ca

I first heard Bea Wain sing in 1939 when I was 10 yrs old. She sounded so great even on the old Philco radio and I have been a fan ever since.

Oct. 09 2010 09:21 PM
Lou Kohnen from East Rochester, NY

Bea is my favorite female singer of her era with a slight lead over bubbly Doris Day. She was a great asset to the very popular Larry Clinton and my favorite Bea Wain songs are a product of that musical partnership. Favorite songs..."Old Folks", "Summer Souvenirs" and "Oh, You Crazy Moon".

Aug. 18 2010 03:22 PM

Leave a Comment

Register for your own account so you can vote on comments, save your favorites, and more. Learn more.
Please stay on topic, be civil, and be brief.
Email addresses are never displayed, but they are required to confirm your comments. Names are displayed with all comments. We reserve the right to edit any comments posted on this site. Please read the Comment Guidelines before posting. By leaving a comment, you agree to New York Public Radio's Privacy Policy and Terms Of Use.