June Hutton

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June Hutton (née June Marvel Cowan; August 11, 1919 Bloomington, Illinois – May 2, 1973 Encino, Los Angeles) was an American actress and vocalist, popular with big bands during the 1940s. She was the younger sister of vocalist Ina Ray Hutton.

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Hutton's parents were Marvel Svea Williams and Odie Daniel Cowan. June and her older sister, Ina Ray Hutton, both grew up to be entertainers and performers during the Big Band era.

Growing up, Hutton attended Hyde Park High School in Chicago, as did her older sister, Ina. While attending high school, she worked in the dress department at Marshall Fields department store. After her graduation, she quit her job and went on to pursue her singing career. In her earlier days, she sang at the "Astor Roof" and appeared in a brief part on Max Baer's "Hi'ya Gentlemen." She was part of the Winston Trio, the Quintones and the Sande Williams Band. Later she became the female vocalist for Charlie Spivak & His Orchestra's singing group the Stardusters.

After Jo Stafford left The Pied Pipers in 1944, Hutton was hired as her replacement. She went on to record with The Pied Pipers for six years, recording several hit records including the song, "Dream." In 1950, June left the Pied Pipers going solo on Decca. Then in 1952, she went on to the Capitol Records label, backed by an orchestra led by her husband, Axel Stordahl. She went on to record three hit records, "Say You're Mine Again," "No Stone Unturned," and "For the First Time."

In 1951, Hutton married Axel Stordahl, a musical arranger for Tommy Dorsey. After the death of her husband in 1963, June later married her second husband, Kenneth Tobey in 1968. The couple divorced in 1972. Hutton died on May 2, 1973, at the age of 52. She is buried beside her first husband Axel Stordahl at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, in Los Angeles.

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