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Ruth Etting

Ruth Etting (November 23, 1896 – September 24, 1978) was an American singing star and actress of the 1920s and 1930s, who had over 60 hit recordings and worked in stage, radio, and film. Known as "America's sweetheart of song", her signature tunes were "Shine On, Harvest Moon", "Ten Cents a Dance" and "Love Me or Leave Me". Her other popular recordings included "Button Up Your Overcoat", "Mean to Me", "Exactly Like You" and "Shaking the Blues Away".

As a young girl in Nebraska, Etting had wanted to be an artist; she drew and sketched everywhere she was able. At sixteen, her grandparents decided to send her to art school in Chicago. While Etting attended class, she found a job at the Marigold Gardens nightclub; after a short time there, Etting gave up art classes in favor of a career in show business. Etting, who enjoyed singing in school and church, never took voice lessons. She quickly became a featured vocalist at the club. Etting was then managed by Moe Snyder, whom she married in 1922. Snyder made arrangements for Etting's recording and film contracts as well as her personal and radio appearances. She became nationally known when she appeared in Flo Ziegfeld's Follies of 1927.

Etting intended to retire from performing in 1935, but this did not happen until after her divorce from Snyder in 1937. Harry Myrl Alderman, Etting's pianist, was separated from his wife when he and Etting began a relationship. Snyder did not like seeing his former wife in the company of other men and began making telephone threats to Etting in January 1938. By October, Snyder traveled to Los Angeles and detained Alderman after he left a local radio station; he forced the pianist to take him to the home of his ex-wife at gunpoint. Saying he intended to kill Etting, Alderman, and his own daughter, Edith, who worked for Etting, Snyder shot Alderman. Three days after Alderman was shot, his wife filed suit against Etting for alienation of affections.

While Alderman and Etting claimed to have been married in Mexico in July 1938, Alderman's divorce would not be final until December of that year. The couple was married during Moe Snyder's trial for attempted murder in December 1938. Etting and Alderman relocated to a farm outside of Colorado Springs, Colorado, where they were primarily out of the spotlight for most of their lives. Her fictionalized story was told in the 1955 film Love Me Or Leave Me with Doris Day as Ruth Etting and James Cagney as Snyder.

Birth and Death Data: Born November 23rd, 1896 (David City), Died September 24th, 1978 (Colorado Springs)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1924 - 1937

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist, songwriter, composer, lyricist

Recordings (Results 101-125 of 163 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia W150063 10-in. 3/4/1930 Funny, dear, what love can do Ruth Etting Female vocal solo vocalist  
Columbia W150118 10-in. 3/25/1930 Let me sing—and I'm happy Ruth Etting Female vocal solo vocalist  
Columbia W150119 10-in. 3/25/1930 A cottage for sale Ruth Etting Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
Columbia W150437 10-in. 5/16/1930 I remember you from somewhere Ben Selvin and his Orchestra ; Ruth Etting Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo vocalist  
Columbia W150438 10-in. 5/16/1930 Dancing with tears in my eyes Ben Selvin and his Orchestra ; Ruth Etting Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo vocalist  
Columbia W150512 10-in. 4/30/1930 It happened in Monterey Ruth Etting Female vocal solo vocalist  
Columbia W150513 10-in. 4/30/1930 Exactly like you Ruth Etting Female vocal solo vocalist  
Columbia W150547 10-in. 5/27/1930 I never dreamt (You'd fall in love with me) Ipana Troubadours Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo vocalist  
Columbia W150560 10-in. 6/2/1930 I never dreamt (You'd fall in love with me) Ruth Etting Female vocal solo, with guitar vocalist  
Columbia W150561 10-in. 6/2/1930 Dancing with tears in my eyes Ruth Etting Female vocal solo, with guitar vocalist  
Columbia W150647 10-in. 7/11/1930 Grieving for you Ruth Etting Female vocal solo vocalist  
Columbia W150648 10-in. 7/11/1930 Shine on, harvest moon Ruth Etting Female vocal solo vocalist  
Columbia W150740 10-in. 8/27/1930 Don't tell her what's happened to me Ruth Etting Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
Columbia W150741 10-in. 8/27/1930 The kiss waltz Ruth Etting Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
Columbia W150742 10-in. 8/27/1930 I'm yours Ruth Etting Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
Columbia W150743 10-in. 8/28/1930 Just a little closer Ruth Etting Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
Columbia W150744 10-in. 8/28/1930 I'll be blue, just thinking of you Ruth Etting Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
Columbia W150826 10-in. 9/18/1930 If I could be with you (One hour to-night) Ruth Etting Female vocal solo vocalist  
Columbia W150844 10-in. 9/29/1930 Body and soul Ruth Etting Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist  
Columbia W150845 10-in. 9/29/1930 Laughing at life Ruth Etting Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist  
Columbia W151202 10-in. 1/13/1931 Reaching for the moon Ruth Etting Female vocal solo vocalist  
Columbia W151203 10-in. 1/13/1931 Overnight Ruth Etting Female vocal solo vocalist  
Columbia W151204 10-in. 1/13/1931 Love is like that (What can you do?) Ruth Etting Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist  
Columbia W151227 10-in. 1/16/1931 You're the one I care for Ruth Etting Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist  
Columbia W151515 10-in. 4/13/1931 Falling in love again Ruth Etting Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist  
(Results 101-125 of 163 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Etting, Ruth," accessed June 23, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103913.

Etting, Ruth. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 23, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103913.

"Etting, Ruth." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 23 June 2021.

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