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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 were issued from this master. No recordings issued from other masters.

Recordings (Results 76-100 of 121 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia W146881 10-in. 8/23/1928 West End blues Ethel Waters ; Clarence Williams Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano vocalist  
Columbia W146882 10-in. 8/23/1928 Organ grinder blues Ethel Waters ; Clarence Williams Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano vocalist  
Columbia W146883 10-in. 8/23/1928 Get up off your knees Ethel Waters ; Clarence Williams Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano vocalist  
Columbia W146884 10-in. 8/23/1928 My baby sure knows how to love Ethel Waters Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano vocalist  
Columbia W148531 10-in. 5/14/1929 Birmingham Bertha Ethel Waters Female vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist  
Columbia W148532 10-in. 5/14/1929 Am I blue? Ethel Waters Female vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist  
Columbia W148670 10-in. 6/6/1929 Second handed man Ethel Waters Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, songwriter  
Columbia W148671 10-in. 6/7/1929 True blue Lou Ethel Waters Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
Columbia W148672 10-in. 6/7/1929 Do I know what I'm doing? Ethel Waters Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
Columbia W148673 10-in. 6/7/1929 Shoo shoo bogie boo Ethel Waters Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
Columbia W148734 10-in. 7/8/1929 Georgia blues Ethel Waters Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano vocalist  
Columbia W148735 10-in. 7/8/1929 I like the way he does it Ethel Waters Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano vocalist  
Columbia W148798 10-in. 7/11/1929 Waiting at the end of the road Ethel Waters Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist  
Columbia W148799 10-in. 7/11/1929 Trav'lin' all alone Ethel Waters Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist  
Columbia W148804 10-in. 7/11/1929 Long lean lanky mama Ethel Waters ; Pearl Wright Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano vocalist  
Columbia W148805 10-in. 7/11/1929 Better keep your eye on your man Ethel Waters ; Pearl Wright Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano vocalist  
Columbia W150159 10-in. 4/1/1930 Porgy Ethel Waters Female vocal solo vocalist  
Columbia W150160 10-in. 4/1/1930 (What did I do to be so) Black and blue Ethel Waters Female vocal solo vocalist  
Columbia W150562 10-in. 6/3/1930 My kind of a man Ethel Waters Female vocal solo vocalist  
Columbia W150563 10-in. 6/3/1930 You brought a new kind of love to me Ethel Waters Female vocal solo vocalist  
Columbia W150747 10-in. 8/29/1930 You're lucky to me Ethel Waters Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
Columbia W150748 10-in. 8/29/1930 Memories of you Ethel Waters Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
Columbia W150966 10-in. 11/18/1930 I got rhythm Ethel Waters Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist  
Columbia W150967 10-in. 11/18/1930 Three little words Ethel Waters Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist  
Columbia W151298 10-in. 2/10/1931 When your lover has gone Ethel Waters Female vocal solo vocalist  
(Results 76-100 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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