Irene Daye (January 17, 1918 in Lawrence, Massachusetts - November 1, 1971 in Greenville, South Carolina) was an American jazz singer. Irene Daye began her career at age 17 by singing in Jan Murphy's big band while still in high school in 1935, continuing with Murphy through 1937. She then worked briefly with Mal Hallett before beginning work with Gene Krupa, with whose orchestra she sang from 1938 to 1941. Krupa and Daye recorded 63 titles together, with her biggest hit being "Drum Boogie", which was recorded in the last session she did with Krupa. She also sang this song in the film Ball of Fire, though on-screen the tune was lip-synched by Barbara Stanwyck.
After leaving Krupa, Daye retired from music at the age of 23, marrying Corky Cornelius. Anita O'Day took her spot in Krupa's orchestra. Daye had a daughter in 1943, but Cornelius (then in the Casa Loma Orchestra) died suddenly later that year, after which she returned to her singing career.
Marriage and death
From 1944 to 1950 she sang with Charlie Spivak, then married him in 1950 and retired from performance, working as her husband's manager until her death in 1971 at age 53 from cancer, in Greenville, South Carolina.