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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. She began her career in the 1920s singing blues. Her 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, 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 31, 1896 (Chester County), Died September 1, 1977 (Chatsworth)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1923 - 1947

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

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Recordings (Results 26-50 of 121 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia W140598 10-in. 5/13/1925 Too bad Jim Ebony Four ; Ethel Waters Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with instrumental ensemble vocalist  
Columbia W140790 10-in. 7/28/1925 Go back where you stayed last night Ebony Four ; Ethel Waters Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with cornet, tuba, and piano vocalist, songwriter  
Columbia W140791 10-in. 7/28/1925 Sympathetic Dan Ebony Four ; Ethel Waters Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with cornet, tuba, and piano vocalist  
Columbia W140792 10-in. 7/28/1925 Down home blues Ebony Four ; Ethel Waters Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with cornet, tuba, and piano vocalist  
Columbia W140863 10-in. 8/25/1925 Loud speakin' papa (You'd better speak easy to me) Ebony Four ; Ethel Waters Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with bass saxophone, cornet, and piano vocalist  
Columbia W140864 10-in. 8/25/1925 You can't do what my last man did Ebony Four ; Ethel Waters Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with bass saxophone, cornet, and piano vocalist  
Columbia W140936 10-in. 9/12/1925 Pickaninny blues Ethel Waters Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with ukulele and piano vocalist  
Columbia W141163 10-in. 10/20/1925 Sweet man Ethel Waters Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with jazz/dance band vocalist  
Columbia W141164 10-in. 10/20/1925 Dinah Ethel Waters Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with jazz/dance band vocalist  
Columbia W141207 10-in. 10/28/1925 No man's mamma Ebony Four ; Ethel Waters Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with bass saxophone, cornet, and piano vocalist  
Columbia W141208 10-in. 10/28/1925 Tell 'em about me Ethel Waters Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with cornet and piano songwriter, vocalist  
Columbia W141209 10-in. 10/28/1925 Maybe not at all Ebony Four ; Ethel Waters Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with bass saxophone, cornet, and piano songwriter, vocalist  
Columbia W141429 10-in. 12/23/1925 Shake that thing Ethel Waters ; Pearl Wright Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano vocalist  
Columbia W141542 10-in. 1/22/1926 I've found a new baby Ethel Waters Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with cornet and piano vocalist  
Columbia W141543 10-in. 1/22/1926 Make me a pallet on the floor Ethel Waters Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano vocalist  
Columbia W141544 10-in. 1/22/1926 Bring your greenbacks Ethel Waters Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano vocalist  
Columbia W141688 10-in. 2/17/1926 After all these years Ethel Waters Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano vocalist  
Columbia W141689 10-in. 2/17/1926 Throw dirt in your face Ethel Waters Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano vocalist  
Columbia W141690 10-in. 2/17/1926 I'm saving it all for you Ethel Waters Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano vocalist  
Columbia W141704 10-in. 2/19/1926 Refrigeratin' papa Ethel Waters Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano vocalist  
Columbia W141705 10-in. 2/19/1926 If you can't hold the man you love Ethel Waters Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano vocalist  
Columbia W141706 10-in. 2/20/1926 Satisfyin' papa Ethel Waters Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano songwriter, vocalist  
Columbia W141707 10-in. 2/20/1926 Sugar Ethel Waters Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano vocalist  
Columbia W141708 10-in. 2/20/1926 I wonder what's become of Joe Ethel Waters Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano vocalist  
Columbia W141709 10-in. 2/20/1926 You'll want me back Ethel Waters Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano songwriter, vocalist  
(Results 26-50 of 121 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Waters, Ethel," accessed April 14, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104683.

Waters, Ethel. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 14, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104683.

"Waters, Ethel." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 14 April 2024.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

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

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