All-female big band formed in 1934 by music agent Irving Mills and led by Ina Ray Hutton. The Melodears gained some prominence during the late 1930s, mainly as a novelty act. In 1936 Eddie Durham took over as music director while Hutton continued to lead onstage. The group made several musical shorts as well as an appearance in Paramount's Big Broadcast of 1936. Bandmembers included pianist Ruth Lowe, who went on to write ''I'll Never Smile Again,'' made famous by Tommy Dorsey in a recording with Frank Sinatra and the Pied Pipers. The Melodears broke up in 1939.