Ivy Benson and her band
Media playback is unsupported on your device
Video

Listen to Ivy Benson, the sounds of the 1940s

British band leader Ivy Benson was a gutsy and glamorous woman who was as popular in the 1940s as the Spice Girls were 50 years later. Here's a clip of her in action.

Ivy Benson: Original Girl Power will be broadcast at 10.30 BST on Saturday 18 October on BBC Radio 4. Or catch up later on BBC iPlayer.