Betty Bennett Biography

American jazz singer

Betty Bennett (October 23, 1921 – April 7, 2020) was an American jazz and big band singer.

Bennett was born in October 1921 in Lincoln, Nebraska, United States. Her first major signing was with the Claude Thornhill band in 1946, the band in which her husband, b*ist Iggy Shevak, was playing. Shortly after her husband left to join Alvino Rey, Bennett followed him there. In 1949, she joined Charlie Ventura's band, before going on to join Benny Goodman in 1959.

Her second album, Nobody Else but Me, featured arrangements by Shorty Rogers and her second husband, André Previn. Bennett later married guitarist Mundell Lowe in 1975. He died in December 2017 at the age of 95.

Bennett died in April 2020 at the age of 98.


  • Betty Bennett Sings Previn Arrangements (Trend, 1953)
  • Nobody Else but Me (Atlantic, 1955)
  • Blue Sunday (Kapp, 1957)
  • I Love to Sing with Andre Previn (United Artists, 1959)
  • The Song Is You (Fresh Sound, 1992)


    External links

    • Betty Bennett Interview NAMM Oral History Library (2018)