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Pat Rainey was a singer and actress who was the daughter of prominent attorney and politician Julian Rainey. She had a promising career that was marred by a drug bust in the early 1950s. She was also romantically linked to two very prominent men.

Pat Rainey
Birth namePatricia Theresa Rainey
Also known asPat Rau
BornBoston, Massachusetts, United States
DiedApril 13, 1998(1998-04-13) (aged 72)
Westborough, Massachusetts, United States
GenresJazz, Blues
Occupation(s)Singer, actress
LabelsGold Medal
Associated actsFour Notes Of Rhythm



She was the daughter of Julian David Rainey and Dorothy Esther Akiman who married in 1922. She was born on April 27, 1925. Her father Julian was once New England's highest paid black man in public service. Her mother Dorothy died in Boston in 1932. The following year, her father married Gwendolyn Peterson and on September 23, 1934, her half-sister Sheila Emily Rainey was born.

By the late 1940s, Pat Rainey had gained fame as a singer and actress. She was also believed to be romantically involved with Egypt's King Farouk and Joe Louis the boxer.[1]


In 1947, Rainey left Boston for Broadway to start off her singing career. She found work as a show girl the Zanzibar Night Club which was popular at the time.[2] By February 1949, the 10" single "Gotta Love You 'Til I Die" / "Headin' For A Heartache" was released on Gold Medal GM 949. The A side got a good rating from the Billboard reviewer but the B side was just satisfactory with the reviewer saying she was bogged down trying to sound like Dinah Washington.[3] By March that year in was being touted in an ad as the hottest record of the year.[4] In January, 1951, she was appearing at New York's Chez Vito, a small venue situated in the Hotel Maurice.[5] She had previously appeared at the Hotel Maurice in early 1950.[6]

She appeared on the cover of the November 27, 1952 issue of Jet.[7] According to the magazine, she was arrested five months prior to that for prostitution and dope. In a courtroom before Judge Peter Horne, George Roach, a white policeman testified in court that he had phoned her for a date. He went through with the date and a hypodermic needle and heroin were found in her room. She was found guilty of prostitution with the dope charge to been seen to at another trial.[8] In the end she was given a suspended sentence. Special sessions Judge Edward J. Breslin granted the suspension on condition she return to Boston with her father.[9]

Some three months after her last court appearance, it was reported in the April 30, 1953 issue of Jet that she was making a sensational comeback at the exclusive Storyville club in her Boston hometown.[10]

In 1955, at the age of 28, she was rumored to be romantically involved with Farouk, the former king of Egypt. They met while she was performing at the Kit Kat club in Rome.[11]

Later yearsEdit

She left the music business in 1961 and disappeared from view. Years later in 1981, Boston newspapers were reporting that she was working as a social worker.[12]


She died as Pat Rau at the Westborough Health Care Center, Westborough, Massachusetts on April 13, 1998.[13]


Act Title Label and cat Year Notes #
Four Notes of Rhythm
with vocal by Pat Rainey
"Gotta Love You 'Til I Die" / "Headin' For A Heartache" Gold Medal GM 949 1949 [14]


Title Role Director Year Notes #
Reet, Petite, and Gone Pat Rains William Forest Crouch 1947
The Dreamer Singer William Forest Crouch 1948
Title Episode Role Director
Year Notes #
The Saturday Show Episode dated 10 September 1955 Herself Richard Afton (Producer) 1955



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