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Vaughn De Leath

Vaughn De Leath (September 26, 1894 – May 28, 1943) was an American female singer who gained popularity in the 1920s, earning the sobriquets "The Original Radio Girl" and the "First Lady of Radio."

De Leath was an early exponent of a style of vocalizing known as crooning. One of her hit songs, "Are You Lonesome Tonight?," recorded in 1927, achieved fame when it became a hit for Elvis Presley in 1960.

Birth and Death Data: Born September 26th, 1894 (Mount Pulaski), Died Buffalo

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1920 - 1938

Roles Represented in DAHR: contralto, composer, lyricist, songwriter, speaker, piano, vocalist

Notes: Also sings in the soprano range. Sometimes used pseudonym "Angelina Marco" and is sometimes referred to and/or billed as "The Radio Girl."

See Also: De Leath, Vaughn

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 354 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-25069 10-in. 5/2/1921 Drowsy head Frank Ferera ; Anthony J. Franchini Guitar duet (Hawaiian) songwriter  
Victor BVE-33092 10-in. 7/22/1925 Ukulele lesson May Singhi Breen ; Vaughn De Leath ; Peter De Rose Ukulele instruction, with female vocal solo and piano vocalist, contralto  
Victor BVE-33093 10-in. 7/22/1925 Ukulele lesson May Singhi Breen ; Vaughn De Leath ; Peter De Rose Ukulele instruction, with female vocal solo and piano vocalist, contralto  
Victor BVE-38323 10-in. 4/4/1927 Song of the wanderer Vaughn De Leath Female vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, contralto  
Victor BVE-38421 10-in. 4/1/1927 Kentucky babe Vaughn De Leath Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist, contralto  
Victor BVE-38422 10-in. 4/1/1927 Mammy's little coal-black Rose Vaughn De Leath Female vocal solo, with violin, banjo, and piano vocalist, contralto  
Victor BVE-38741 10-in. 5/11/1927 Mighty lak' a rose Vaughn De Leath Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist, contralto  
Victor BVE-38782 10-in. 5/25/1927 Like an angel you flew into everyone's heart (Lindbergh) Vaughn De Leath Female vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, contralto  
Victor BVE-39291 10-in. 6/24/1927 Sing me a baby song Vaughn De Leath Female vocal solo, with instrumental quartet vocalist, contralto  
Victor BVE-39292 10-in. 6/24/1927 Who are you fooling to-night? Vaughn De Leath Female vocal solo, with instrumental quartet vocalist, contralto  
Victor BVE-39968 10-in. 8/12/1927 Baby your mother (Like she babied you) Vaughn De Leath Female vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, contralto  
Victor BVE-40502 10-in. 10/24/1927 There's a rickety rackety shack Vaughn De Leath ; Ed Smalle Female-male vocal duet, with piano vocalist, contralto  
Victor BVE-40503 10-in. 10/24/1927 Together, we two Vaughn De Leath ; Ed Smalle Female-male vocal duet, with piano vocalist, contralto  
Victor BVE-45174 10-in. 5/24/1928 East side, west side Nathaniel Shilkret ; Victor Orchestra Orchestra, with mixed vocal chorus and dialogue vocalist, contralto  
Victor CVE-45267 12-in. 6/13/1928 Old folks at home Nathaniel Shilkret ; Victor Salon Group Orchestra, with mixed vocal chorus vocalist, contralto  
Victor CVE-45268 12-in. 6/13/1928 Open thy lattice, love Nathaniel Shilkret ; Victor Salon Group Orchestra, with mixed vocal chorus vocalist, contralto  
Victor BVE-49618 10-in. 1/4/1929 I faw down an' go boom! Vaughn De Leath Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist, contralto  
Victor BVE-49631 10-in. 1/10/1929 The toymaker's dream Vaughn De Leath Female vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, contralto  
Victor BVE-51250 10-in. 4/23/1929 Old-fashioned lady Vaughn De Leath Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist, contralto  
Victor BVE-51251 10-in. 4/23/1929 Oh sweetheart, where are you tonight? Vaughn De Leath Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist, contralto  
Victor BS-81017 10-in. 1/2/1934 The ginger bread brigade The Revelers Male vocal quartet, with piano composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-0648 10-in. 9/17/1936 I wasn't lying when I said "I love you" George Hall ; Hotel Taft Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-023596 10-in. 6/17/1938 Hi-yo silver Bon Bon ; Jan Savitt ; Top Hatters Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-024022 10-in. 7/12/1938 Hi-yo, Silver Disck Todd Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band songwriter  
Victor BS-027252 10-in. 10/1/1938 It's a lonely trail (When you're travelin' all alone) Blue Barron ; Russ Carlyle Glee Club Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and vocal chorus songwriter  
(Results 1-25 of 354 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "De Leath, Vaughn," accessed August 12, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/100849.

De Leath, Vaughn. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved August 12, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/100849.

"De Leath, Vaughn." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 12 August 2020.

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