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Benny Goodman: 1939

Benny Goodman: 1939

Benny Goodman, photographed by a sailor from the USS California at the Golden Gate Exposition of 1939. Great shot showing Benny and singer Louise Tobin.

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Louise Tobin One class act

I met Louise when taking care of one of her family members. She is one class act! How is she? I would love to hear from her again!

Louise Tobin, vastly underrated BG singer!

Leah: I have photos of your great aunt at the SF Fair and recollections by attendees. She was greatly admired and the swing devotees actually looked forward to her vocal numbers!

Louise Tobin

Thanks for posting this! Louise Tobin is my great-aunt and I'm very interested in her singing career. I always love coming across photos of her that I don't have.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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