Phyllis Brown was one of the stars of the WLS National Barn Dance.
She was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. Her first radio
apearance was on April 25, 1948. Immediately, they said, she was deluged
with offers from agents to get her services for singing.
But Phyllis was only 17 at the time and stayed in high school to graduate.
She didn't stop singing though and gaining recognition. She was honored
in the local amateur talent contests in radio and television; one of the
awards she won was a television.
Phyllis was said to be a "...rather shy, reserved person, with quite
a sense of humor."
Phyllis joined WLS back around 1948 to as they said, 'sing quiet
little songs'. Some may have thought her sad as evidenced by the many
sad-toned songs she would sing. But the reality was, she was fun loving
as the rest of the gang and would join in the fun on the Barn Dance
and other programs.
She recorded her first record with Capitol Records in February of 1950,
teaming up with Bob Flannery on a duet called "Second Hand Heart"
b/w "We Get Along So Good Together". But at the time, fans were still
waiting to here her do a solo record to display her talents.
Credits & Sources
- WLS Family Albums; Prairie Home Publishing
- Country Song Roundup No. 12, June 1951, Charlton Publishing Corp.,