MARY FETTIG: Twelve years later on the Viacom syndicated version of What's My Line? which was taped on August 23, 1973, What's My Line? featured yet another jazz musician, famed saxophone player Mary Fettig. Larry Blyden was the host along with the panel which consisted of Soupy Sales, Dr. Joyce Brothers, Gene Shalit and Arlene Francis. On January 10, 2005, GSN aired her episode during their "Jerry Orbach Tribute." At the time of the original 1973 broadcast, Mary Fettig was a saxophone player with the Stan Kenton Orchestra. Soupy Sales mentioned that Bonnie Wetzel also played bass for Stan Kenton. If Soupy was correct, it would have been in the 1950s. However, Mary told him that there had been a few ladies in other bands, but as far as she knew, she was the first female member to play and travel with Stan's band. Mary, a young-looking twenty years old, spoke of how she came to be hired. Larry gave Mary high accolades when he said, "She was hired, because according to Kenton, she is a Monster Musician. Which means about as big a musician as you can get to be." After her game, she entertained the audience by performing a tune called "Intermission Riff" which was written by Ray Wetzel. In "Bennett Cerf style," Dr. Brothers said that Mary had "sax appeal." - Suzanne Astorino
From the Net: Mary Fettig has toured and recorded with Stan Kenton, Marian McPartland, Tito Puente, and Flora Purim and Airto. She has recorded on numerous albums and CDs, as well as on radio, television and movie soundtracks. She currently performs with Marcos Silva, Dave Eshelman, Ray Brown, and with her own quartet. Her latest CD, "Relativity," was released in April, 2004.