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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 101-121 of 121 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia W151299 10-in. 2/10/1931 Please don't talk about me when I'm gone Ethel Waters Female vocal solo vocalist  
Columbia W151613 10-in. 6/16/1931 You can't stop me from lovin' you Ethel Waters Female vocal solo vocalist  
Columbia W151614 10-in. 6/16/1931 Without that gal! Ethel Waters Female vocal solo vocalist  
Columbia W151718 10-in. 8/10/1931 River, stay 'way from my door Ethel Waters Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist  
Columbia W151719 10-in. 8/10/1931 Shine on, harvest moon Ethel Waters Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist  
Columbia W152521 10-in. 10/10/1933 Heat wave Ethel Waters Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
Columbia W152522 10-in. 10/10/1933 Harlem on my mind Ethel Waters Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
Columbia W152566 10-in. 11/27/1933 I just couldn't take it, baby Benny Goodman Orchestra ; Ethel Waters Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
Columbia W152567 10-in. 11/27/1933 A hundred years from today Benny Goodman Orchestra ; Ethel Waters Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
Brunswick 12689-12691 10-in. 3/11/1924 I ain’t gonna marry, ain’t gonna settle down Fletcher Henderson's Jazz Five ; Viola McCoy Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance quintet songwriter  
Decca 38349 10-in. 8/20/1934 Miss Otis regrets Ethel Waters vocalist  
Decca 38350 10-in. 8/20/1934 Dinah Ethel Waters vocalist  
Decca 38351 10-in. 8/20/1934 When it's sleepy time down South Ethel Waters vocalist  
Decca 38352 10-in. 8/20/1934 Moonglow Ethel Waters vocalist  
Decca 38548 10-in. 9/5/1934 Give me a heart to sing to Ethel Waters vocalist  
Decca 38549 10-in. 9/5/1934 I ain't gonna sin no more Ethel Waters vocalist  
Decca 38550 10-in. 9/5/1934 Trade mark Ethel Waters vocalist  
Decca 38551 10-in. 9/5/1934 You're going to leave the old home, Jim-1 Ethel Waters vocalist  
Decca 63130 10-in. 1/5/1938 You're a sweetheart Ethel Waters vocalist  
Decca 63131 10-in. 1/5/1938 How can I face this worried world alone? Ethel Waters vocalist  
Decca 63132 10-in. 1/5/1938 I'll get along somehow Ethel Waters vocalist  
(Results 101-121 of 121 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Waters, Ethel," accessed April 19, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104683.

Waters, Ethel. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 19, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104683.

"Waters, Ethel." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 19 April 2024.

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

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