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b. 23 November 1896,
David City, Nebraska, USA, d. 24 September 1978, Colorado Springs,
This famous torch singer sang on radio and in Chicago nightclubs before
making her Broadway debut in Ziegfeld Follies Of 1927,
in which she made a tremendous impact with "Shaking The Blues Away".
In her next show, Whoopee (1928), she introduced "Love Me Or Leave Me",
which was subsequently always associated with her,
and titled her 1955 film biography, which starred Doris Day.
After launching two more future standards, "Get Happy" (Nine-Fifteen
Revue) and "Ten Cents A Dance" (Simple Simon),
her sparkling rendition of an old Nora Bayes number, "Shine On Harvest
Moon", in Ziegfeld Follies Of 1931, made the song a hit all over again.
By then she was one of America's brightest stars with her own radio shows
and string of hit records.
In the 30s she also made three popular movies, Roman Scandals, Hips, Hips,
Hooray!, and Gift Of Gab.
In 1936 she appeared on the London stage in Transatlantic Rhythm.
A year later she split from her husband and manager, Martin ("Moe The
Gimp") Snyder, a Chicago "hood" who had guided her career from the start.
James Cagney played Snyder in the biopic Love Me Or Leave Me, and the
story of his domination of Etting's life and his revenge wounding of her
After Ruth Etting's career faded towards the end of the 30s, she
entertained at intervals during World War II and enjoyed a brief comeback
in the late 40s.
Early Jazz Vocals - CD
[Recorded 1927 - 1930]
1- AFTER YOU'VE GONE
2-BLUEBIRD, SING ME A SONG
3-I MUST BE DREAMING
5-BECAUSE MY BABY DON'T MEAN MAYBE
6-YOU'RE IN LOVE & I'M IN LOVE
7-MY BLACKBIRDS ARE BLUEBIRDS NOW
8-LOVE ME OR LEAVE ME
9-I'M BRINGING A RED RED ROSE
10-TO KNOW YOU IS TO LOVE YOU
11-YOU'RE THE CREAM IN MY COFFEE
12-MEAN TO ME
13-BUTTON UP YOUR OVERCOAT
14-THE RIGHT KIND OF MAN
15-WHAT WOULDN'T I DO FOR THAT MAN
16-EXACTLY LIKE YOU
17-DON'T TELL HER WHAT HAPPENED TO ME
18-IF I COULD BE WITH YOU ONE HOUR TONIGHT