Saturday, August 22, 2009


Another of my favorite singers from the 1920's
Ms Ethel Waters!

Ethel Waters was one of the most popular African-American singers and actresses of the 1920s. She moved to New York in 1919 after touring in vaudeville shows as a singer and a dancer. She made her recording debut in 1921 on Cardinal records with "The New York Glide" and "At the New Jump Steady Ball", but switched over to African-American owned Black Swan label, and recorded "Down Home Blues" and "Oh Daddy" the first Blues numbers for that company. She frequently sang with Fletcher Henderson during the early 1920s, but by the mid-1920s Waters had became more of a pop singer. She performed in a number of musical revues throughout the rest of the decade and appeared a couple of films, including "Check and Double Check" with Amos 'n' Andy and Duke Ellington. By the end of the 1930s she was a big star on Broadway. In 1949, she was nominated for an Oscar for best supporting actress in the film "Pinky", and the next year she won the New York Drama Critics Award for best actress. Waters got religion in the late Fifties and performed and toured with evangelist Billy Graham until her death in 1977.


Poetic Artist said...

This last post are very interesting. It always nice to learn the history of people.

Beth Niquette said...

Yes, I grew up on her music. We didn't have radios--and only a 78 record player. My Dad had stacks and stacks of 78 records, many of them songs by Ethel Waters. I loved each and every one of them.

She was a talented, brave and lovely individual. A Lady I would have loved to have met.

Nice and Easy Antiques said...

Hi Patti!!!! I'm so glad you tackled Photoshop and survived it!!! Congrats!!!!!Now just write a little post about it and show a picture of your digital collage so when the other girls come to your blog they know what you are bragging about!


love Ethel favorite song by her is QUICKSAND ( I think she did it ) I would love to hear it again but can't locate it.
Did you ever see her in the movies she did?? Sooooo good!