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The most popular women's bands of the 1940s was Ada Leonard and Her All-American Girl Orchestra; few were surprised to hear that they were first girl band to be signed by the USO when America entered W.W. II. Sired by two vaudevillians, Ada Leonard (1915 - 1997) briefly toiled as a stripper in Chicago nightclubs before embarking on her career in music.

This interview displays for the readers her salty, fully-armored personality and her disgust concerning the total lack of glamor that accompanies USO shows, topped-off by a photo of her pretty face.

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       •Ada Leonard and Her All-American Girl Band Swing It in this Short Film Clip•


The Saucy Ada Leonard and Her All-American Girl Orchestra (Yank Magazine, 1943)

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