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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 51-75 of 120 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia W142477 10-in. 7/29/1926 Ev'rybody mess aroun' Ethel Waters and her Jazz Band Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with cornet, trombone, and piano leader, vocalist  
Columbia W142614 10-in. 9/14/1926 He brought joy to my soul Ebony Four ; Ethel Waters Female vocal solo ("blues singer") and vocal ensemble, unaccompanied vocalist  
Columbia W142615 10-in. 9/14/1926 Take what you want Ethel Waters ; Pearl Wright Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano vocalist  
Columbia W142649 10-in. 9/18/1926 I'm coming, Virginia Ethel Waters Singing Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo ("blues singer") and vocal ensemble vocalist  
Columbia W142650 10-in. 9/18/1926 We don't need each other any more Ethel Waters Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with instrumental quartet vocalist  
Columbia W142651 10-in. 9/18/1926 My special friend is back in town Ethel Waters Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano vocalist  
Columbia W142703 10-in. 9/29/1926 It takes a good woman Ethel Waters Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano vocalist  
Columbia W142704 10-in. 9/29/1926 Jersey walk Ethel Waters ; Pearl Wright Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano vocalist  
Columbia W144100 10-in. 5/6/1927 Weary feet Ethel Waters Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with instrumental trio vocalist  
Columbia W144101 10-in. 5/6/1927 Smile! Ethel Waters Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with instrumental trio vocalist  
Columbia W144102 10-in. 5/6/1927 Home Ethel Waters Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with instrumental trio vocalist  
Columbia W144103 10-in. 5/6/1927 Take your black bottom outside Ethel Waters Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with instrumental trio vocalist  
Columbia W144404 10-in. 6/28/1927 Big Ben Ethel Waters Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with cornet and piano vocalist  
Columbia W144405 10-in. 6/28/1927 Keep an eye on your man Ethel Waters Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with cornet and piano vocalist  
Columbia W144406 10-in. 6/28/1927 I want my sweet daddy now Ethel Waters Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano vocalist  
Columbia W144407 10-in. 6/28/1927 Clorinda Ethel Waters Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with cornet and piano vocalist  
Columbia W144863 10-in. 10/14/1927 One sweet letter from you Ethel Waters Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with instrumental trio vocalist  
Columbia W144864 10-in. 10/14/1927 Someday sweetheart Ethel Waters Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with instrumental trio vocalist  
Columbia W144867 10-in. 10/14/1927 Some of these days Ethel Waters Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with instrumental trio vocalist  
Columbia W144868 10-in. 10/14/1927 It hurts so good Ethel Waters Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with instrumental trio vocalist  
Columbia W146871 10-in. 8/21/1928 Lonesome swallow James P. Johnson ; Ethel Waters Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano vocalist  
Columbia W146872 10-in. 8/21/1928 Guess who's in town James P. Johnson ; Ethel Waters Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano vocalist  
Columbia W146873 10-in. 8/21/1928 My handy man James P. Johnson ; Ethel Waters Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano vocalist  
Columbia W146874 10-in. 8/21/1928 Do what you did last night James P. Johnson ; Ethel Waters Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano vocalist  
Columbia W146881 10-in. 8/23/1928 West End blues Ethel Waters ; Clarence Williams Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano vocalist  
(Results 51-75 of 120 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Waters, Ethel," accessed December 4, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104683.

Waters, Ethel. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 4, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104683.

"Waters, Ethel." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 4 December 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

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

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