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Dorothy Lamour

Mary Leta Dorothy Lamour (née Slaton; December 10, 1914 – September 22, 1996) was an American actress and singer. She is best remembered for having appeared in the Road to... movies, a series of successful comedies starring Bing Crosby and Bob Hope.

Lamour began her career in the 1930s as a big band singer. In 1936, she moved to Hollywood where she signed with Paramount Pictures. Her appearance as "Ulah" in The Jungle Princess (1936) brought her fame and marked the beginning of her image as the "Sarong Queen."

In 1940, Lamour made her first Road series comedy film, Road to Singapore. The Road series films were popular during the 1940s. The sixth film in the series, Road to Bali, was released in 1952. By that time, Lamour's screen career began to wane, and she focused on stage and television work. In 1961, Crosby and Hope teamed up for one more, The Road to Hong Kong, but actress Joan Collins was cast as the female lead. Lamour made a brief appearance and sang a song near the end of that film.

In the 1970s, Lamour revived her nightclub act and, in 1980, released her autobiography My Side of the Road. She made her final onscreen appearance in 1987.

Lamour married her second husband, William Ross Howard III, in 1943. They had two sons and remained married until Howard's death in 1978. Lamour died at her home in 1996 at the age of 81.

Birth and Death Data: Born December 10th, 1914 (New Orleans), Died September 22nd, 1996 (Hollywood)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1939 - 1945

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist, lyricist

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 41 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor PBS-036149 10-in. 4/26/1939 Strange enchantment Dorothy Lamour Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
Victor PBS-036150 10-in. 4/26/1939 That sentimental sandwich Dorothy Lamour Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
Victor PBS-036151 10-in. 4/26/1939 The lamp is low Lou Bring ; Dorothy Lamour Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
Victor PBS-036152 10-in. 4/26/1939 The man I love Lou Bring ; Dorothy Lamour Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
Victor PBS-036374 10-in. 7/28/1939 (You took me) Out of this world Lou Bring ; Dorothy Lamour Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
Victor PBS-036375 10-in. 7/28/1939 Comes love Lou Bring ; Dorothy Lamour Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
Victor PBS-036376 10-in. 7/28/1939 My heart keeps crying Lou Bring ; Dorothy Lamour Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist, lyricist  
Victor PBS-036377 10-in. 7/28/1939 I'll take an option on you Lou Bring ; Dorothy Lamour Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
Victor PBS-036378 10-in. 7/28/1939 I'm all a-tremble over you Lou Bring ; Dorothy Lamour Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
Victor PBS-036379 10-in. 7/28/1939 Paradise Lou Bring ; Dorothy Lamour Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
Victor PBS-036483 10-in. 9/10/1939 My heart keeps crying Charlie Barnet Orchestra ; Judy Ellington Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo lyricist  
Victor PBS-042263 10-in. 11/21/1939 Sweet potato piper Lou Bring ; Dorothy Lamour Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
Victor PBS-042264 10-in. 11/21/1939 Palms of paradise Lou Bring ; Dorothy Lamour Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
Victor PBS-042265 10-in. 11/21/1939 The moon and the willow tree Lou Bring ; Dorothy Lamour Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
Victor PBS-042266 10-in. 11/21/1939 Too romantic Lou Bring ; Dorothy Lamour Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
Victor PBS-042384 10-in. 1/19/1940 I gotta right to sing the blues Lou Bring ; Dorothy Lamour Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist  
Victor PBS-042385 10-in. 1/19/1940 It had to be you Lou Bring ; Dorothy Lamour Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist  
Victor PBS-042386 10-in. 1/19/1940 Your kiss Lou Bring ; Dorothy Lamour Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist  
Victor PBS-042387 10-in. 1/19/1940 This is the beginning of the end Lou Bring ; Dorothy Lamour Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist  
Victor PBS-049976 10-in. 8/5/1940 Moon over Burma Lou Bring ; Dorothy Lamour Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
Victor PBS-049977 10-in. 8/5/1940 There's danger in your eyes, chérie! Lou Bring ; Dorothy Lamour Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
Victor PBS-049978 10-in. 8/5/1940 I'm getting sentimental over you Lou Bring ; Dorothy Lamour Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
Victor PBS-049979 10-in. 8/5/1940 Mexican magic Lou Bring ; Dorothy Lamour Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
Decca L 3228 10-in. 10/20/1943 Little brown gal Dorothy Lamour vocalist  
Decca L 3229 10-in. 10/20/1943 A song of Old Hawaii Dorothy Lamour vocalist  
(Results 1-25 of 41 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Lamour, Dorothy," accessed October 24, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102570.

Lamour, Dorothy. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 24, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102570.

"Lamour, Dorothy." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 24 October 2021.

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