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Uploaded on Sep 23, 2011
Ada Leonard and Her All-American Girl Orchestra
from Yank Magazine, 1943
The most popular women's group of the 1940s was Ada Leonard and Her All-American Girl Orchestra; few were surprised to hear that they were first girl band to be signed by the USO when America entered W.W. II. Sired by two vaudevillians, Ada Leonard (1915 - 1997) briefly toiled as a stripper in Chicago nightclubs before embarking on her career in music.
This interview displays for the readers her salty, fully-armored personality and her disgust concerning the total lack of glamor that accompanies USO shows, topped-off by a photo of her pretty face.
The article can be printed and we highly recommend that you view the video-short linked below.
Recommended reading and listening: Take-Off: American All-Girl Bands During World War II *Ada Leonard and Her All-American Girl Band Swing It in this Short Film Clip*