Eileen Barton

Genres: Vocals
Decades Active: 2000s

Biography

24 November 1920, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA, d. 27 June 2006, Hollywood, California, USA. Appearing on stage as a toddler with her parents, vaudevillians Benny and Elsie Barton, Eileen went on to appear with Rudy Vallee, Milton Berle and others, mainly on radio, and understudied Nancy Walker, herself then a newcomer, in Best Foot Forward (1941) on Broadway. In the early 40s, Barton was often on radio with Frank Sinatra, with whom her father had a business relationship in a music publishing company. Later in the decade she was on radio’s Teen Timers and her own programme, The Eileen Barton Show. In 1949 Barton made a record that might have seemed like a fill-in at the time but which proved to be a huge hit in her homeland, spending 12 weeks of at number 1. This was ‘If I Knew You Were Comin’ I’d’ve Baked A Cake’, on the National Records label, with which she was ever afterwards associated. The success of this record led to...

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