Ginny Simms

Ginny Simms

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You'd Be Nice To Come Home To
2:09
What Have You Got That Gets Me (ft. Ginny Simms)
2:50
I've Got You Under My Skin (Taken from 'Night and Day')
4:35
Indian Summer (feat. Ginny Simms)
5:01
I'd Know You Anywhere
2:26

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Ginny Simms

Ginny Simms (May 13, 1913 – April 4, 1994; also known as Virginia E. Eastvold) was an American popular singer and film actress. She labeled with Dinah Shore, Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald, Jo Stafford and others. Born in San Antonio, Texas, Simms attended Fresno State Teachers College, where she studied piano. She sang with big bands and worked as an MGM contract player film actress. She appeared in 11 movies from 1939 to 1951, when she retired. She was married three times, to Hyatt Hotels founder Hyatt von Dehn from 1945 to 1951, to Bob Calhoun from 1951 to 1952, and to Don Eastvold from June 22, 1962, until her death on April 4, 1994. She originally considered studying to become a concert pianist but enrolled instead at Fresno State Teachers College. While there, she began performing in campus productions, singing with sorority sisters and even forming a popular campus vocal trio. Shortly afterward, she struck out on her own to establish a solo singing career, and by 1932 she had her own program on a local radio station. Also in 1932, she became band vocalist for the Tom Gerun band in San Francisco, working together with other vocalists, including a young Tony Martin and Woody Herman. In 1938 she joined the Kay Kyser Orchestra, where she received her first national exposure, appearing on radio shows and in films with Kyser. She made her first movie with Kyser and Lucille Ball, That’s Right You’re Wrong (1939). She nearly married Kyser but left his orchestra in 1941 to do her own radio show. She starred in the movies Here We Go Again with Edgar Bergen, Charlie McCarthy, and Fibber McGee & Molly (1942), Hit the Ice with Abbott & Costello (1943), Broadway Rhythm as Helen Hoyt with George Murphy (1944), and Cole Porter’s Night and Day (1946) as Carole Hill with Cary Grant and Alexis Smith. In 1951, Simms hosted a local television show on KTTV, channel 11, in Los Angeles which featured dance bands and talent from army, navy, marine, and air force bases around Southern California. In 1993, a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs, California, Walk of Stars was dedicated to her.