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After two children, Tobin and James divorced and he married Betty Grable in 1943. Tobin was interviewed by Peter J. Levinson for his book about James, Trumpet Blues, published in 1999.
In 1960 Tobin ran into Peanuts Hucko, a clarinetist who had played on her first recording in 1939 with Jack Jenney’s band. When Hucko opened his jazz club in Denver in 1967, he hired Tobin as his vocalist and she became his wife. They sold the restaurant in 1969 and Hucko led the Glenn Miller band in the early ‘70s and was also a favorite performer on the Lawrence Welk show. In the ‘80s the pair performed together in Hucko’s own band.
Although Tobin did not become the star that other singers did with Goodman’s band, she can be heard on several of the early recordings.
The Huckos moved to Texas where Peanuts was honored on his 80th birthday in 1998 when the first annual Texas Big Band Jazz Festival was held in his honor. Peanuts died in 2003 but Louise Tobin still resides in Texas as of this writing in November, 2007.
- Sandra Burlingame
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Peter J. Levinson
Trumpet Blues: The Life of Harry James
Oxford University Press, USA
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