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From her early days as a chorus girl in Chicago to time spent as a lead in the Ziegfeld Follies to her pioneering work in the early days of radio and film, Ruth Etting's talent brought her such success she became known as America's Sweetheart. It is a wonder, then, that today she is not better remembered as a great talent of the early twentieth century. Here is a fine collection of songs performed by Ruth, including those that once made her a household name; Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, Love Me or Leave Me (which was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2005) and Ten Cents a Dance. Etting's mastery of her own uniquely beautiful vocal style is evident throughout, displaying the wide range of emotion and vocal command she was known for. I would highly recommend this collection for aficionados of Etting's work, or for those who are just discovering her talents for the first time.

Little girl voice, Big heart

Ruth Etting's life was the source of a highly fictionalized film, LOVE ME OR LEAVE ME (1955) in which she was played by Doris Day and her gangster boyfriend Moe Snyder by Jimmy Cagney. The notoriety of her life has caused many to forget what a fine singer she was. Her little girl soprano, complaining about the vagaries of love, is particularly affecting as she laments the life of a dance hall hostess in the Rodgers and Hart classic TEN CENTS A DANCE. One of the great torch singers. No tricks, all heart.


Born: November 23, 1897 in David City, NE

Genre: Vocal

Years Active: '20s, '30s

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. She made a minor comeback in the late '40s and was still singing...
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  • Genres: Vocal, Music
  • Released: Sep 26, 2010

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