The Troy Street Observer

Jan 17, 1918: “Drum Boogie” Singer Irene Daye Born

Irene Daye, who sang “Drum Boogie” with Krupa in 1941, was born in Lawrence, Mass on January 17, 1918.  Daye started with Dan Murphy’s Musical Skippers in 1935, and had to take a night off in order to attend graduation ceremonies at Lawrence High. She went with Mal Hallett in 1938, replacing Teddy Grace, and later that year went with Gene Krupa. She recorded 63 titles with Krupa’s band, leaving in 1941 when she married trumpeter Corky Cornelius. (Anita O’Day replaced her.) Upon Corky’s death in 1943, Daye resumed her singing career with  Charlie Spivak’s band. In 1950 she married Spivak and retired from performing, becoming the band’s business manager and remaining in that role until her death from cancer in 1971.


Here is the Krupa band with Irene Daye and “Drum Boogie.”

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