Remembering Sue Bennett©2008JCMarion


Perhaps the least remembered vocalist from the television version of "Your Hit Parade" was Sue Bennett. She was born in March of 1928 as Suzanne Benjamin. Always interested in a professional singing career, she arrived in New York City and attended Syracuse University. Shortly thereafter made appearances in early television beginning in 1948. Some early programs in which she appeared were "Teen Time Tunes", "Inside The U.S.A. With Chevrolet", and "Dinner Date With Vincent Lopez" for the Dumont network which was televised live from the Hotel Taft in New York City. Others featured on the show were Ray Barr, and Ann Warren. Guest stars included Cab calloway and thirties legend Arthur Tracy known as "The Street Singer". Another show that Bennett appeared in was "Kay Kyser & His Kollege of Musical Knowledge" for NBC, and she also recorded a few songs with the band. This was a wild and unpredictable quiz show of sorts centered on music. Other singers featured were Mike Douglas (who would go on to great popularity as an afternoon TV star in the nineteen sixties), Liza palmer, Ish Kabibble (Merwyn Bogue ) a longtime Kyser band mate, and The Honeydreamers. Other televvision appearances by Sue Bennett in the early fifties were "Freddy Martin Show", "Van Camp's Little Show", and "Paul Winchell-Jerry Mahoney" in 1951. For a time Bennett was also a voice in the Ray Charles Singers choral group (not related to the Atlantic soul singer).

In 1951 Bennett was selected to be part of the musical cast on "Your Hit Parade" for NBC.She stayed with the show for two years when she abruptly left New York and moved to Boston in early 1953. She had married and soon returned to television but concentrated on the local Boston area. "The Sue Bennett Show" and "Morning Playhouse" with Rex Trailer were two of the programs she hosted during the mid nineteen fifties. Soon after Sue Bennett faded from the public. There are some remaining sound files on the internet that have saved her singing for posterity. There is also a cd called "An Evening With Frank Loesser" from DMG in 1992 with 22 tracks, some by Bennett. Also on the recording is Frank Loesser on piano, Milton DeLugg and his small instrumental group, and singer Maxene Andrews (of the famous sister trio).

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