Bea Wain
Vocalist Bea Wain

Bea and the Bachelors

The vocal group Bea and the Bachelors consisted of Bea Wain, Al Rinker, Ken Lane, and John Smedberg. The quartet performed on Fred Waring's radio program as part of the vocal group V-8, a combined effort with the Modernaires, before joining Kay Thompson in 1937, where they formed part of Thompson's Rhythm Singers. Later that same year, while the quartet was working on Kate Smith's program, bandleader Larry Clinton offered Wain a job in his newly-formed orchestra. After Wain left, the three Bachelors continued performing together as the Al Rinker Trio. They later joined a band led by pianist Frank Froeba.