Short Bio. .
Shaye Cogan sang
with Vaughn Monroe on the Camel Caravan radio program, and appeared
as a regular on the Camel Caravan televsion show. They did many song and
dance numbers together, as well as skits on the short-lived television
series that aired in the early 1950s. Shaye went on to co-star in several
movies, most notably with Abbott & Costello in "Coming 'Round the
Mountain" in 1951 and "Jack and the Beanstalk" in 1952. Shaye started out
in Vaudeville with her two brothers, Mike and Charlie, as The Coggins
Trio. She changed her stage name to Cogan some time later.
Passing . . .
We received the following news from
Susan Menke, niece of Shaye Cogan, who performed with Vaughn Monroe on the
Camel Caravan radio and television shows:
We're here in San Jose,
California, visiting family and we were planning on seeing Shaye next
week. Sadly, on Friday, June 12 (2009), just hours after our plane landed,
Shaye passed away. She had been living in Modesto, in a very nice senior
living facility in her own apartment, but several days ago she fell and
went into the hospital to recover. While there, she got an upper
respiratory infection which took her life. Her brother (my Uncle Don) was
with her, along with Don's wife and their grown children and
grandchildren. Shaye didn't have children of her own. She' been born in
1924. She was 84 years old.
Shaye's nephew, Donald, also
wrote to inform us of his Aunt Shaye's sudden passing. Donald writes:
My Aunt was Shaye Cogan-Morris. I
was with my Aunt last Friday night when she passed away. She was an
incredible lady and will be missed.