Frances Hunt, former big band singer, died on Feb. 6 from complications of a stroke she suffered late last year. She was 77.
Hunt began her professional career as a 17-year-old singer with a band fronted by Irving Aaronson and within two years was singing with Benny Goodman.
In 1935, she left Goodman and joined the Lou Bring Orchestra, marrying Bring the following year. Throughout the ’30s, Hunt performed with a variety of orchestras, including those led by Gordon Jenkins, Vincent Lopez, Emil Coleman and Ray Noble.
In 1939 she co-starred with Alice Faye and George Murphy in Fox’s “You’re a Sweetheart.” Around the same time she intro’d the standard “You Go to My Head.” During World War II she sold war bonds and appeared on several USO radio shows.
Hunt became a widow in 1961 with the death of Lou Bring. In 1964 she married Isidore Dlugin, with whom she remained until her death.
Other survivors include three children, Bob Bring, motion picture and television film editor; Harry V. Bring, first assistant director; Judy-Lou Leibenson, a former video engineer at Universal Studios; and six grandchildren.
Private funeral services were held Feb. 9 at Eden Memorial Park in Mission Hills.