Sue Bennett Fielding 1928 - 2001
Sue Bennett (March 24, 1928 – May 8, 2001) was a vocalist on various network shows during the live television era of the 1940s and 1950s.
The Indianapolis, Indiana-born Bennett starred on the NBC quiz and variety show, Kay Kyser's College of Musical Knowledge in 1949-50, on the DuMont show Teen Time Tunes in 1949, and was featured on the popular Your Hit Parade in 1951-52. She also appeared as a regular guest on other network shows.
Bennett, born in Indianapolis and reared in New York City, graduated from Syracuse U. in 1948 and soon after joined the cast of the Broadway revue “Small Wonder,” which starred Tom Ewell. The following year she sang for several months on the Dumont network’s weekday music program “Teen Time Tunes.” She co-starred on the show with the Alan Logan Trio.
In 1949-50, Bennett was one of the stars of big-band leader Kyser’s NBC game-comedy-music show, “The College of Musical Knowledge.” Show also featured a relatively unknown singer named Michael Douglas, who later became a well-known talk show host. During the 1951-52 TV season, Bennett was one of the featured singers on the NBC show “Your Hit Parade.” She also sang regularly on other NBC shows, including “The John Conte Show” and “The Freddy Martin Show.”
In 1953 she and her husband Dr. Waldo Fielding relocated to the Boston area. Throughout the remainder of the decade, she sang on Boston area radio and television shows and also had her own weekly musical program, “The Sue Bennett Show,” which aired in 1954 and 1955 on Boston’s WBZ-TV.
Beginning in the 1960s, she began working primarily as a voiceover performer for TV and radio commercials. She was a longtime member of the Screen Actors Guild and AFTRA and for several years served as an officer in New England AFTRA.
Bennett's recordings with the Kay Kyser Orchestra include "Sam, The Old Accordion Man," and "Tootsie, Darlin', Angel, Honey, Baby." She also is heard on the CD, An Evening with Frank Loesser (DRG 5169), singing "Fugue for Tinhorns" with Loesser and Milton DeLugg.
Her career is profiled in a book about the period of early television, The Lucky Strike Papers written by her son, Andrew Lee Fielding (BearManor Media, 2007). Following her network career, she became a Boston television personality—including, in 1954-55, singing on The Sue Bennett Show, a weekly program on Boston's WBZ-TV.
Sue performed and directed with the Walpole Footlighters for several years, frequently with her husband Waldo Fielding. She performed as Princess Puffer in The Mystery of Edwin Drood and directed The Cocktail Hour.
Biographical information from Wikipedia and Variety (https://variety.com/2001/scene/people-news/sue-bennett-1117800586/).