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Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014 - Mason County Journal - Page A-19 :N ~ 5 She~ton woman, 91, was star vocalist in 1940s, "50s By GORDON WEEKS gordon@rnasoncoun com a 1952 clip from the tele- vision show, "Your Hit Pa- rade," singer Eileen Wilson emerges on a Western set atop a horse. In glorious black and white, She belts out the opening lines to the song "Anytime" to a dozen chorus men dressed as cowboys: ~Any time you're feeling lonely, any time you're feeling blue The sifiger --now known as Ei- leen Kellogg -- was 29 years old at the time.* She had already toured the country as the female singer for the Les Brown Orchestra, and co- starred with Frank Sinatra on a ra- dio versior of"Your Hit Parade." She also was a veteran at providing the vocals in rhs stars.who couldn't sing well, including three movies for her friend, actress Ava Gardner. These ~ days," the 91-year-old Shelton resident sings along to old- ies on the radio while she's driving to The Dollar Store and the Shel- ton Athletic Club. And what does Kellogg think when she watches that TV clip from 62 years ago? "That I look good!" she said with a laugh. "That she knows how to ride." Born in San Diego in 1923, Kel- ..... Journal photo by Gordon Weeks Eileen Kellogg -- now a 91-year-old Shelton resident -- duets as Eileen Wilson with Frank Sinatra (below) in 1948 or 1949, when the two were regulars on the radio show, 'Your Hit Parade.' Wilson went on toperform as a regular on the program when it became a television show from 1950 to 1952. 'He was my idol,' Kellogg said of Sinatra. logg" yeas the only child of a Navy man. His career kept the fam- ily moving. Kellogg attended four higlf gchools: becoming a star in the glee club at her final school, Lon~ Beach I-~igh School. "~hey said, 'Boy, you have a good voice,'" Kellogg recalled. KeUogg,e=rolled at UCLA in 1940 to study education, but "ev- erything was music," she said. She madF her paid radio debut while still college, accompanied by an organist fo~ two or three songs. But Kellogg said her mother was against a career singing with a big band. "My mother said, "You have to finish college because you can't travel on a bus with 22 men at your age,'" she said. Kellogg completed her degree and teaching certificate. She then joined the Les Brow~ Orchestra, replacing Doris Day, who quit to act in movies. Kellogg toured with ,the band for about a year. She also sang with the group many times on Bob Hope's radio program, ~and re6o~d- ed "Oh How I Miss You Tonight" and "Just One of Those Things'~on the Columbia record label. "They were really great guys in the band," Kellogg said. "They be- came friends." One member who became more than a friend was Ray Kellogg, the band's other singer. They were wed within a year. see KELLOGG, page A-28 Photo courtesy of Eileen Kellogg HAFISTINE ISLAND NEWS our Igot my first tomato out of the garden last night. We have been making salads with lettuce, cucumbers, aru- gula, onions, beet greens and chard -- all so fantastic. You just have to wonder at nature. We can walk through the spring, summer and fall with vegetables and fruits popping up at the ends of vines, stems and limbs. The Harstene Pointe Travel Club is planning B another musical event y MIKE for Aug. 23. If you CALLAGHAN enjoyed the last one, then you need to mark your calendar for this one. A social time begins at 6:30 p.m. and the concert starts at 7. You can bring your own beverage and light snacks and desserts will be provided. Tickets are $12. The two artists they have planned are Connie Lim -- Music Connect magazine called her one of the hottest 100 live performers of the year -- and Katie Cole who was named Best Country Artist and Artist of the Year at the 2013 Artists in Music awards. For more information, call Doug McGraw at 426-0883 or email him at mcgrawfandd@gmail. com. Nick Neuerburg and his crew are at it again. Nick con- tinues the project started by Bud Glaser. The simple idea is to collect alu- minum cans and recycle them for money for community projects. Over the years, this has brought thousands of dol- lars to our island and chari- table groups. Here is the fruit of that project: Harstine Com- munity Club, $100; Harstine Women's Club, $50; Harstine Grange (Bud's Scholarship), $100; Senior Lunch, $100; Harstine Theatre Club, $50; Harstine Choir, $50; Neigh- borhood Watch, $50; Mason 5 Firefighters Association Christmas basket, $100; Mason 5 Firefighters Associa- tion. Scholarship, $100; Ma- son 5 Firefighters Association memorial fund, $50; Habitat for Humanity, $50; Pioneer Kiwanis, $50; Adopt-A-Pet, $50; 40 et 8 nurses' scholar- ship, $50; Pioneer Food Bank, $100; and Mason County Sheriffs Office canine fund, $50. It is so heartwarming to see this volunteer spirit. It is part of what the island is all about. It didn't seem possible to top the auction of a couple weeks ago, but I think Sandy Murphy has hit on another swell idea -- an all-island picnic sponsored by the com- munity club. Eating and serv- ing tables were set up in the parking lot. The fire station provided some chairs and some picnickers brought their own. Live music flowed out of the kiosk area and swept across the crowd and thor- oughly entertained all. And the food. I have never seen so much food at a community club meeting before. Every person brought their favor- ite potluck dish and it was spread out over five tables. The Harstine Island Commu- nity Club provided ham, hot dogs and more. That all add- ed up to a food extravaganza. Plus, there were desserts. During and after eating, is- landers mingled and talked and relaxed and enjoyed a beautiful sunny day of friend- ship and sharing. Then there was the fashion show. Pat LaClair organized a fashion show representing clothing styles dating back to World War I. The models got organized in the kitchen and dining area and the audience gathered in the main hall. Pat then gave a brief history of the clothing style of the day and the models walked the walk around the hall, showing offthe styles in grand fashion. You could tell the models were having a good time as they paraded around a very appre- ciative audience. In particu- lar, one young model around the age of 7 or 8 was afraid at first to come out, but once the audience began clapping, she was hooked and showed off her dress three and four times -- it was very cute.