Tommy Traynor


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This audio only interview was conducted for a radio program by Dan Del Fiorentino and donated to the NAMM Oral History program: Tommy Traynor was a singer during the Big Band Era with the Modernaires. The singing group gained lasting popularity while performing with Glenn Miller, beginning in the late 1930s. Tommy joined the group a decade later and remained with the group until a year before his death in 1993. Tommy sang in several popular movies such as "Angels With Dirty Faces," "Bells of St. Mary's," and "Going My Way," the last two with Bing Crosby. Tommy sang with Jerry Grey's Orchestra before joining the Modernaires. In 1950, as part of the group, he backed up Frank Sinatra on "Sorry" and on the groups last charted recording, "April In Paris" in 1956.