Gogo DeLys, who sang from the 1920s and into the ’40s and was one of the first vocalists on “Your Hit Parade,” died Feb. 19 of natural causes at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica. She was 95.
Born Marie Gabrielle Belanger in Edmonton, Alberta, Deyls’ talent earned her the nickname “the Canadian Canary” by Walter Winchell. Her career in the U.S. began when a talent scout saw her perform in an amateur show at USC, where she had been studying law. She soon joined the ranks of other popular “girl singers” of the 1920s such as Kay Thompson and signed on with the Jimmy Grier band.
After touring the country with the band, she appeared alongside Fred Astaire and Dick Powell in the big stage shows of Fanchon and Marco. Then she became one of the first female singers on radio’s “Your Hit Parade.” She was eventually given her own show on NBC, “Gogo DeLys Sings.” She also recorded several hits with the Grier band for Brunswick Records, including “Moonstruck,” “Sugar Plum” and “Secondhand Heart for Sale.”
During her radio days, she met future husband, NBC executive Robert L. Redd. As Mrs. Redd, she devoted much of her time to the owning and racing of thoroughbred horses and working for various charity groups. She was a charter member of the Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters and a recipient of the group’s Golden Canary Award.
She is survived by a daughter.
Donations may be sent to the Sisters of Social Services.
— Melissa Goldberg