Singer Marion Hutton

Celebrities, Celebrity Q&A, People
on September 21, 2003

I'd like to know what happened to Marion Hutton, who used to sing with Glenn Miller's band.
—Frances D., Tennessee

Marion Hutton, whose recordings included Chattanooga Choo-Choo and Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree, died of cancer in 1987 at age 67 after spending the last two decades of her life helping other women alcoholics. Born in Battle Creek, Mich., the former lead vocalist for the Glenn Miller Orchestra also appeared in Universal Studios films with Abbott and Costello and the Marx Brothers. She retired from show business in 1954 and married composer and bandleader Victor Schoen. She was the elder sister of Betty Hutton, a star of Hollywood musicals and comedies of the 1940s and early 1950s. After seeking treatment for alcoholism, she helped found a treatment center for women alcoholics, performing with bands to raise money for the center and making radio and television appearances to discuss recovery from alcoholism.