Ruth Etting, vocals
b. David City, NE, USA
d. Sept. 24, 1978, Colorado Springs, CO, USA.
Ruth Etting was an American singing star of the 1930s, who had over sixty hit recordings.
Her signature tunes were "Shine on Harvest Moon", "Let Me Call You Sweetheart" and "You Made Me Love You", and her other popular recordings included "Button Up Your Overcoat", "Mean to Me", and "Ten Cents A Dance".
Born in David City, Nebraska, she left home at age seventeen to attend art school in Chicago. Her job designing costumes at the Marigold Gardens nightclub led to employment singing and dancing in the chorus there.
She became a featured vocalist at the nightclub and married gangster Martin "Moe the Gimp" Snyder on July 12, 1922. He managed her career, booking radio appearances, and eventually had her signed to an exclusive recording contract with Columbia Records.

Ruth is, perhaps, best remembered for her version of the 'torch' song "You Made Me Love You". Her life was fairly unhappy due to her marriage to a gangster, Moe "the Gimp" Schneider. She married him in July 12, 1922, and they remained together until her divorce in November 30, 1937. In December 1938, she wed Myrl Alderman, and they were together until his death in Nov. 16, 1966. During her career, Ruth made a great many records, and was also seen in three feature films.
Ruth EttingShe made her Broadway debut in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1927, and appeared in a number of other hit shows in rapid succession, including Simple Simon and Whoopee!
In Hollywood she made a long series of movie shorts and three feature movies.
She appeared in London in Ray Henderson's Transatlantic Rhythm in 1936.

In 1937 she fell in love with her pianist, Myrl Alderman, who was consequently shot by her husband Moe Snyder—but survived. Snyder was jailed for the assault, and Etting divorced him November 30, 1937 and married Alderman in December 1938. 
The scandal effectively ended her career, though she briefly had a radio show in 1947. Alderman died on November 16, 1966.
Etting died in Colorado Springs, Coloradoin 1978. Her life was the basis for the 1955 movie Love Me or Leave Me which starred Doris Day and Jimmy Cagney.

Biography #2 
~by Scott Yanow
One of the most popular singers of the late-'20s/early-'30s period, Ruth Etting was not really a jazz singer (unlike her contemporary, Annette Hanshaw ) but a superior middle-of-the-road pop singer who was often accompanied by top jazz musicians.
She recorded over 200 songs between 1926-1937, appeared on-stage, was in 35 film shorts and three full-length movies, and was a fixture on radio before her bad marriage cut short her career.

Ruth Etting
She made a minor comeback in the late '40s and was still singing on an occasional basis in the mid-'50s when a semi-fictional Hollywood movie on her life (Love Me or Leave Me ) was released. A superb torch singer with a cry in her voice even when she smiled, Etting recorded the definitive versions of "Ten Cents a Dance" and "Love Me or Leave Me."

Rosetta Duncan

Rosetta Duncan (November 23, 1894 – December 4, 1959) Rosetta along with her sister Vivian were an American vaudeville duo 'The Duncan Sisters'. The Duncan Sisters were an American vaudeville duo who became popular in the 1920s with their act Topsy and Eva.

Early career Rosetta (November 23, 1894 – December 4, 1959) and Vivian Duncan (June 17, 1897 – September 19, 1986) were born in Los Angeles, California, the daughters of a violinist turned salesman. They began their stage careers in 1911 as part of the cast of Gus Edwards' Kiddies' Revue. L-R Vivian and Rosetta Duncan c. 1912 During the next few years they perfected their act with Rosetta as a foghorn-voiced comedian and Vivian as the pretty-but-dumb blonde type. Within a few years they "matured into first-rate vaudeville troupers who wrote much of their music in dialogue." They subsequently played not only in vaudeville, but also in night clubs and on stage in both New York and London. They made their first important Broadway appearance in 1917 at the Winter Garden Theatre in a show with Ed Wynn and Frank Tinney entitled Doing Our Bit. In 1923 the Duncans created their signature roles in Topsy and Eva (Rosetta as the former, Vivian as the latter), a musical comedy derived from the novel Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe. For this production they wrote and introduced the songs "I Never Had a Mammy" and "Rememb'ring". 

A huge hit in its day, Topsy and Eva was subsequently adapted into a 1927 silent movie, directed by Del Lord with some additional scenes by D.W. Griffith.
It's a Great Life In 1929 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer released their early sound musical The Broadway Melody, starring Bessie Love and Anita Page as the fictional Mahoney sisters. The film proved to be highly successful so MGM decided to follow it up with a similar film, this time starring the real-life Duncan Sisters in the leads. The result was It's a Great Life (MGM, 1929), directed by Sam Wood and featuring three sequences filmed in Technicolor. In the film the Duncan Sisters performed two of their most popular songs, "I'm Following You" and "Hoosier Hop."
Photoplay magazine stated in their review:
Vivian and Rosetta Duncan have made a snappy, hilarious comedy of the life of a vaudeville sister team in this elaborate picture. It is crammed to the gunwales with Duncan comedy, and they do a lot of the vocalizing that made them famous. Listen for "Following You" – you'll care for it.
Unfortunately, the film "faltered at the box office and helped to cut short the Duncans' movie career." The movie, seldom seen for decades in part due to the color footage being missing, resurfaced in 2010 in a restored print released by Warner Bros. Archive. MGM did cast the Duncans in their all-star 1930 extravaganza The March of Time, but that film was never completed. In 1935 the Duncans returned to the screen in the short musical Surprise! which featured footage of them reprising their Topsy and Eva characters. Later years In 1930 Vivian married actor Nils Asther, who had co-starred with her and Rosetta in the film version of Topsy and Eva. Rosetta (who was lesbian) attempted a solo career for a few years, but was rejoined with Vivian in 1932 after Vivian's divorce from Asther. The Duncan Sisters as Topsy and Eva, circa 1945 Although by now past their prime, the Duncan Sisters continued as a popular night club entertainers act for several more decades. They also appeared in several soundies and also on television's You Asked For It. In the late 1940s the Duncans wrote and recorded four Christmas selections for the Hollywood Recording Guild Inc.: "Dear Santy", "The Angel on the Top of the X-mas Tree", "Twimmin' de Cwis'mas Twee" and "Jolly Ole Fella". These appeared on 7" extended play 78rpm kiddie records. In 1956 both Rosetta and Vivian appeared on Liberace's television show. They sang some of their songs and did their Topsy and Eva routine. Their act ended in 1959 when Rosetta died from injuries sustained in an automobile accident in Cicero, Illinois. Vivian subsequently continued performing as a single act on the club circuit. She died of Alzheimer's disease in 1986.

"Harpo" Marx, Harpist/Actor
nee: Adolph Marx (later changed to Arthur).
Originally, the Marx brothers consisted of 
Groucho (Julius Marx), Chico (Leonard Marx), 
Harpo (Adolph Marx), Gummo (Milton Marx), 
and Zeppo (Herbert Marx). Gummo left the 
group very early on, while Zeppo played a 
straight man/romantic lead in five films before 
exiting. Groucho, Chico, and Harpo endured as 
the Marx brothers that all the world knows and 

Robert Edward "Bob" McCracken, Clarinet
b. Dallas, TX, USA.
d. 1972.
Studied Piano, Drums, Harmony and clarinet in Ft. Worth, TX, USA.
Although Dallas native Bob McCracken never became famous, he did work with several notable groups through the years. McCracken started out playing with local artists -- Jack Teagarden was an early associate -- including Eddie Whitley, the Southern Trumpeters and Doc Ross' Jazz Bandits. In New York McCracken played with Johnny Johnston and Willard Robison's Levee Loungers from 1926-28. McCracken moved back to Dallas and played locally with such groups as those led by Ligon Smith, Joe Gill and Doc Ross. Stints with the orchestras of Joe Venuti and Frankie Trumbauer preceded his 1939 move to Chicago.
McCracken worked with Bud Freeman from 1939-40, Jimmy McPartland, Wingy Manone and Benny Goodman in 1941, the sweet bands of Russ Morgan and Wayne King, plus other lesser-known ensembles. From 1952-53 McCracken toured with the Louis Armstrong All-Stars as a fill-in for Barney Bigard. After leaving the road, McCracken settled in Los Angeles where he worked with many of the who's who of trad jazz, including Kid Ory's Creole Jazz Band (on and off from 1953-59), Ben Pollack, Pete Daily, Jack Teagarden and Wild Bill Davison. McCracken never led his own record date, but he is on several Kid Ory albums.

King Porter, trumpet
b. Bessemer, AL, USA.
né: James A. Pope 
"King Porter's Stomp" 
is still a Dixieland standard.

Notable Events Occurring
On This Date Include:

The first "Nickel-in-the-Slot" (jukebox) was 
placed in service in the Palais Royal Saloon 
in San Francisco, CA, USA. (In the Vernacular, 
"Juke", was an American slang word for a 
"Sporting" house (brothel.) 
Inventor Louis T. Glass made the unit 
containing an Edison tinfoil phonograph 
with four listening tubes. At each tube, 
was a 5 cent coin slot that bought a few 
minutes of music for the listener. 
During the first six months of it's intro-
duction, the contraption took in over a 

November 23, 1936
On this day in 1936 the mighty Robert Johnson had his first ever recording session

Spade Cooley, C&W bandleader
died in Vacaville, CA, USA, Age: 58.
He was serving a prison sentence for 
beating his wife to death in front of 
their daughter. At the time he had his 
heart attack, he was temporary release 
to play for the Sheriff's Association.
Charlie Gaines, trumpet
died in Philadelphia, PA, USA.
Age: 86
Charlie Gaines: Information from Answers.com

Songs Recorded/Released
On This Date Include: 


Original Dixieland Jass Band - Toddlin' Blues

Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra - Changes - Featuring Bix Beiderbecke, Bing Crosby and the Rhythm Boys


Bailey's Lucky Seven
  • Arcady

Henderson's Club Alabam Orchestra
Original Capitol Orchestra


Sara Martin accompanied by Harry's Happy Four

The Dixie Stompers - Clap Hands! Here Comes Charley
  • Spanish Shawl


Ted Lewis and his Band

Some Of These Days, With Sophie Tucker, (Shelton Brooks)

    Bertha "Chippie" Hill 

    Bertha "Chippie" Hill  - Pratt City Blues

    Clara Smith

    Annette Hanshaw
    Annette Hanshaw - Mine All Mine

    Annette Hanshaw - The Song Is Ended

    Annette Hanshaw - There Must Be Somebody Else

    Annette Hanshaw - Thinking Of You


    McKinney's Cotton Pickers It's Tight Like That - 
     There's A Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder

    Jean Goldkette and his Orchestra - Don't Be Like That

    Jean Goldkette and his Orchestra - My Blackbirds Are Bluebirds Now - vocal refrain by Van Fleming


      Some of these days, You're gonna miss me honey
      Some of these days, You're gonna feel so lonely
      You'll miss my huggin', You'll miss my kissin'
      You'll miss me honey, when you go away

      I feel so lonely, Just for you only
      For you know honey, you've had your way!
      And when you leave me, I know twill grieve me
      You'll miss your little baby
      Yes, some of these days

      The Song is Ended
      ~ Irving Berlin

      My thoughts go back to a heavenly dance
      A moment of bliss we spent
      Our hearts were filled with a song of romance
      As into the night we went
      And sang to our hearts’ content

      The song is ended
      But the melody lingers on
      You and the song are gone
      But the melody lingers on

      The night was splendid
      And the melody seemed to say
      Summer will pass away
      Take your happiness while you may

      There ’neath the light of the moon
      We sang a love song that ended too soon

      The moon descended
      And I found with the break of dawn
      You and the song had gone
      But the melody lingers on

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