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Born in Chicago, Illinois, in the late 1930s, she joined the band of her older half-sister, Ina Ray Hutton, singing under the name of Elaine Merritt. In 1941 she joined Charlie Spivak's band as a member of a vocal group, The Stardusters (along with Glenn Calyon, Curt Purnell and Dick Wylder). The Spivak orchestra and the Stardusters appeared in a Betty Grable film, Pin-Up Girl, in 1943. She had two hits as a member of The Stardusters, "This Is No… read more

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  • It seems so strange to hear and understand all of the words. Ah well! I msut just be getting old.

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