Jazz saxophonist Kathy Stobart played in the Embassy Club, London from around 1943 for a year then later in 1945… she was then married to a Canadian Band leader Art Thompson.
All sorts of people came to the Embassy club, British high Society and many, many US airmen including Clarke Gable, Bob Hope, Glen Miller etc…
Kath and Art put Glen in a cab a night or so before he went to the air-base then she heard a day or two later that he was missing. Art was a good friend of Glen’s… and it had been very unusual to see him drunk and in such a state.
Kath got to know many of the passing airmen. They used to get so drunk in the club they would jump off the balcony behind the band, jump over the band and land on the dance floor... Sadly, of course, many would not return to the club after a few visits as the casualty rate was so high.
Because Kath sang as well as played the saxophone, some of the airmen used to request she sang the Andrews Sister's song Shoo Shoo baby and… although I know many planes adopted that name on their nose, apparently a Dakota crew put Kath’s image, playing sax on the front of theirs, alongside Shoo Shoo Baby and showed her a picture.
Military | Major | Band Leader, Entertainer
Glenn Miller enlisted in the US Army Air Force in 1942 leaving behind a successful music career. He was appointed as a Captain in the Army Specialist Corps and specialized in raising soldiers' morale through music. Miller organized the Glenn Miller...