When we first covered Rhonda Fleming and Jane Russell, we had no idea that we'd be covering each member of The Four Girls singing group, until we met Connie Haines. The three put me in touch with the fourth member, Beryl Davis. There have also been requests from readers to learn more about her, and we are glad to introduce another singing great who is still going strong.-Ed.
If anyone was ever destined to be a Big Band singer, it must have
been Beryl Davis. She was the daughter of
English band leader Harry Davis and was born during one of his tours.
Many of her formative years were spent traveling
with the Oscar Rabin-Harry Davis Band. Beryl
became the featured singer in her father's band.
She loved Big Band jazz and began to emulate the styles of
American singers like Ella Fitzgerald. She
developed into the premier British Big Band singer touring
Glenn Miller discovered Beryl in
Bob Hope heard her records and brought her to
One of the most exciting, and for us, most meaningful, chapters of her career was when she joined her talent with three good friends, Jane Russell, Rhonda Fleming, and Connie Haines. As covered in our last issue, they recorded gospel singles (a total of sixteen) and albums that became best sellers. They also made numerous TV, stage, and nightclub appearances.
Now an American citizen, Beryl is still a valid and dynamic performer
in the Big Band world today. She has made
concert performances with Mel Torme, Les
Brown and his Band of Renown, the Tex Beneke
Band---"A Salute to Glenn Miller" series.
She has had guest spots with the highly acclaimed military
bands, Airmen of Note and U.S. Army Band in
Beryl was honored to have sung I'll Be
Seeing You at the ground breaking ceremonies at the National World
War Two Memorial in