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Ethel Waters

Ethel Waters (October 31, 1896 – September 1, 1977) was an American singer and actress. Waters frequently performed jazz, swing, and pop music on the Broadway stage and in concerts, but she began her career in the 1920s singing blues. Waters notable recordings include "Dinah", "Stormy Weather", "Taking a Chance on Love", "Heat Wave", "Supper Time", "Am I Blue?", "Cabin in the Sky", "I'm Coming Virginia", and her version of "His Eye Is on the Sparrow". Waters was the second African American to be nominated for an Academy Award. She was the first African-American to star on her own television show and the first African-American woman to be nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award.

Birth and Death Data: Born October 31st, 1896 (Chester County), Died September 1st, 1977 (Chatsworth)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1923 - 1939

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

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 120 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-28592 10-in. 9/25/1923 Down South blues Ross Gorman ; Virginians Jazz/dance band songwriter  
Victor BS-95605 10-in. 10/16/1935 Hottentot potentate Russell Wooding Orchestra ; Ethel Waters Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
Victor BS-95606 10-in. 10/16/1935 Thief in the night Russell Wooding Orchestra ; Ethel Waters Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
Victor BS-028387 10-in. 11/9/1938 You're mine Edward Mallory Orchestra ; Ethel Waters Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
Victor BS-028388 10-in. 11/9/1938 Frankie and Johnnie Edward Mallory Orchestra ; Ethel Waters Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
Victor BS-028389 10-in. 11/9/1938 They say Edward Mallory Orchestra ; Ethel Waters Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
Victor BS-028390 10-in. 11/9/1938 Jeepers creepers Edward Mallory Orchestra ; Ethel Waters Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
Victor BS-035355 10-in. 3/27/1939 Lonesome walls Edward Mallory Orchestra ; Ethel Waters Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
Victor BS-035356 10-in. 3/27/1939 If you ever change your mind Edward Mallory Orchestra ; Ethel Waters Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
Victor BS-035357 10-in. 3/27/1939 What goes up must come down (And baby, you've been flyin' too high) Ethel Waters Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
Victor BS-035358 10-in. 3/27/1939 Y' had it comin' to you Edward Mallory Orchestra ; Ethel Waters Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
Victor BS-041552 10-in. 8/15/1939 Bread and gravy Edward Mallory Orchestra ; Ethel Waters Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
Victor BS-041553 10-in. 8/15/1939 Down in my soul Edward Mallory Orchestra ; Ethel Waters Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
Victor BS-041554 10-in. 8/15/1939 Georgia on my mind Edward Mallory Orchestra ; Ethel Waters Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
Victor BS-041555 10-in. 8/15/1939 Stop myself from worrying over you Edward Mallory Orchestra ; Ethel Waters Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist, songwriter  
Victor BS-041556 10-in. 8/15/1939 Old man Harlem Edward Mallory Orchestra ; Ethel Waters Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
Victor BS-041557 10-in. 8/15/1939 Push out (Te-huey, te-huey, te-huey) Edward Mallory Orchestra ; Ethel Waters Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
Victor BS-042717 10-in. 9/22/1939 Baby, what else can I do Edward Mallory Orchestra ; Ethel Waters Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
Victor BS-042718 10-in. 9/22/1939 I just got a letter Edward Mallory Orchestra ; Ethel Waters Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
Columbia 81150 10-in. 7/27/1923 Kind lovin' blues Fletcher Henderson ; Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano lyricist  
Columbia 81151 10-in. 7/27/1923 Down South blues Fletcher Henderson ; Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano lyricist  
Columbia W140564 10-in. 4/29/1925 Brother, you've got me wrong Ebony Four ; Ethel Waters Female vocal solo, with oboe and piano vocalist  
Columbia W140565 10-in. 4/29/1925 No one can love me (Like the way you do) Ebony Four ; Ethel Waters Female vocal solo, with saxophone and cornet vocalist  
Columbia W140597 10-in. 5/13/1925 Sweet Georgia Brown Ebony Four ; Ethel Waters Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with instrumental ensemble vocalist  
Columbia W140598 10-in. 5/13/1925 Too bad Jim Ebony Four ; Ethel Waters Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with instrumental ensemble vocalist  
(Results 1-25 of 120 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Waters, Ethel," accessed October 18, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104683.

Waters, Ethel. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 18, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104683.

"Waters, Ethel." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 18 October 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104683

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