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Mae West

Mae West (born Mary Jane West; August 17, 1893 – November 22, 1980) was an American actress, singer, playwright, screenwriter, comedian and sex symbol whose entertainment career spanned seven decades. She was known for her lighthearted, bawdy double entendres and breezy sexual independence, and often used a husky contralto voice. She was active in vaudeville and on stage in New York City before moving to Los Angeles to pursue a career in the film industry.

West was one of the most controversial movie stars of her day; she encountered many problems, especially censorship. She once quipped, "I believe in censorship. I made a fortune out of it." She bucked the system by making comedy out of conventional mores, and the Depression-era audience admired her for it. When her film career ended, she wrote books and plays, and continued to perform in Las Vegas and the United Kingdom, on radio and television, and recorded rock 'n roll albums. In 1999, the American Film Institute posthumously voted West the 15th greatest female screen legend of classic American cinema.

Birth and Death Data: Born August 17, 1893 (Brooklyn), Died November 22, 1980 (Hollywood)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1934 - 1970

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist

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Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor PBS-79181 10-in. 4/23/1934 My old flame Duke Ellington Orchestra ; Mae West Dubbed recording from film : Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
Decca 87085 11/23/1954 Havana for a night Mae West vocalist  
Decca 87086 11/23/1954 I'm in the mood for love Mae West vocalist  
Decca 87087 11/23/1954 Pecado Mae West vocalist  
Decca 87088 11/23/1954 They call me Sister Honky Tonk Mae West vocalist  
Decca 87122 11/26/1954 Criswell predicts Mae West vocalist  
Decca 87123 11/26/1954 I want you-I need you Mae West vocalist  
Decca 87124 11/26/1954 Love is the greatest thing Mae West vocalist  
Decca 87125 11/26/1954 Frankie and Johnny Mae West vocalist  
Decca 87126 11/29/1954 If I could be with you Mae West vocalist  
Decca 87127 11/29/1954 All of me Mae West vocalist  
Decca 87128 11/29/1954 A guy that takes his time Mae West vocalist  
Decca 87129 11/29/1954 My Daddy rocks me Mae West vocalist  
Decca L 15434 7/1/1970 The sayings of Mae West Mae West vocalist  
Decca L 15435 7/1/1970 Mae West uncensored Mae West vocalist  
Decca L 15436 7/1/1970 Mae West and friends Mae West vocalist  
Decca L 15437 7/1/1970 Around the world with Mae West Mae West vocalist  
Decca L 15438 7/1/1970 Mae West has the last word Mae West vocalist  
Decca L 15439 7/1/1970 Mae West and W.C. Fields together Mae West vocalist  
Decca L 15440 7/1/1970 I want you-I need you Mae West vocalist  
Decca L 15441 7/1/1970 Mae West teaches a class Mae West vocalist  
Decca L 15442 7/1/1970 A swingin' sermon (Little bar butterfly) Mae West vocalist  
Decca L 15443 7/1/1970 Personal appearance Mae West vocalist  
Decca L 15444 7/1/1970 Mae West sings: Frankie and Johnny ; Mister deep blue sea ; My old flame Mae West vocalist  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "West, Mae," accessed December 9, 2022,

West, Mae. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 9, 2022, from

"West, Mae." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 9 December 2022.

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