Hutton was born as Odessa Cowan in Chicago, Illinois of Irish and Gaelic descent. She began dancing and singing in stage revues at the age of eight. She attended Hyde Park High School on the South Side of Chicago. It was in the 30's that she appeared on Broadway in George White's "Melody" and also in the Ziegfeld Follies. In 1934 she was asked to lead an all-girl orchestra, the Melodears, which featured musicians including trumpet player Frances Klein during its existence; however, the group disbanded in 1939. In 1940 she led an all-male orchestra, it was later disbanded in 1946. She married Randy Brooks late in the 1940s.
She retired from music in 1968 and died in 1984 of complications from diabetes.