June Hutton’s parents were Marvel Svea Williams and Odie Daniel Cowan. June and her older sister, Ina Ray Hutton, both grew up to be entertainers and performers during the Big Band era. Growing up in Chicago, Hutton attended Hyde Park High School, as did her older sister, Ina. While attending high school, she worked in the dress department at Marshall Fields department store. After graduating, she quit her job and pursued her singing career. In her early days, June Hutton sang at the “Astor Roof” in New York City. After singing with her sister’s orchestra in 1938, she was part of the Winston Trio, the Quintones, and the Sande Williams Band. She appeared with the Quintones in Hi Ya, Gentlemen, a failed musical with boxer Max Baer. In 1941, she became the female vocalist for the Stardusters, the singing group of Charlie Spivak & His Orchestra. After Jo Stafford left The Pied Pipers in 1944, June Hutton replaced her, joining the group in May. She performed with the Pied Pipers for six years, recording several hit records including the song “Dream.” In 1950, Hutton left the Pied Pipers, going solo on Decca Records. (However, the trade publication Billboard reported in its December 10, 1949, issue that Hutton had already left the Pied Pipers and signed with Decca Records.)
Hutton’s post-Pipers solo career included her debut in New York at the Copacabana nightclub November 16, 1950. In 1951, Hutton married Axel Stordahl, a musical arranger for Tommy Dorsey. In 1952, she went to Capitol Records, backed by an orchestra led by her husband. She recorded three hit records at Capitol: “Say You’re Mine Again”, “No Stone Unturned”, and “For the First Time”. Stordahl died in 1963, and Hutton married actor Kenneth Tobey in 1968. They divorced in 1972. June Hutton died on May 2, 1973, at the age of 52. She is buried beside Stordahl at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, in Los Angeles.
- August, 11, 1920
- Chicago, Illinois
- May, 02, 1973
- Encino, Los Angeles, California
- Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale)
- Glendale, California