LEGENDARY big-band singer Louise Tobin, who is said to have assisted in the discovery of music icon Frank Sinatra, has died at 104.
Tobin was a highly popular singer during the 1930s and 1940s alongside her husband and trumpet player, the late Harry James, per The Washington Post.
Tobin allegedly told James that she had heard a young Sinatra singing on the radio and insisted that they hire him.
“I heard this boy singing, and I thought, ‘There’s a fair singer!’ ” she told jazz historian Will Friedwald.
“So I woke Harry and said, ‘Honey, you might want to hear this kid on the radio. The boy singer on this show sounds pretty good.’ That was the end of it, as far as I was concerned.”
Kevin Mooney, Tobin’s biographer, confirmed the death but has yet to make comment regarding the cause.
Tobin notably recorded hits of her own during her time in the music industry, including songs like There’ll Be Some Changes Made and I Didn’t Know What Time It Was.
She is survived by two sons, Harry James Jr. and Jerin Timothyray ‘Tim’ James; along with multiple grandchildren and great-grandchildren.