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Helen Morgan

Helen Morgan (August 2, 1900 – October 9, 1941) was an American singer and actress who worked in films and on the stage. A quintessential torch singer, she made a big splash in the Chicago club scene in the 1920s. She starred as Julie LaVerne in the original Broadway production of Hammerstein and Kern's musical Show Boat in 1927, as well as in the 1932 Broadway revival of the musical, and appeared in two film adaptations, a part-talkie made in 1929 (prologue only) and a full-sound version made in 1936, becoming firmly associated with the role. She suffered from bouts of alcoholism, and despite her notable success in the title role of another Hammerstein and Kern's Broadway musical, Sweet Adeline (1929), her stage career was relatively short. Helen Morgan died of cirrhosis of the liver at the age of 41. She was portrayed by Polly Bergen in the Playhouse 90 drama The Helen Morgan Story and by Ann Blyth in the 1957 biopic based on the television drama.

Birth and Death Data: Born 1900 (Danville), Died Chicago

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1927 - 1963

Roles Represented in DAHR: soprano vocal

Recordings (Results 26-29 of 29 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Brunswick [Br (U.K.) cat 104-a] 10-in. approximately June 1927 Me and my shadow Leslie Hutchinson ; Helen Morgan Female vocal duet, with piano vocalist, soprano vocal  
Brunswick [Br (U.K.) cat 104-b] 10-in. approximately June 1927 When I discover my man Helen Morgan Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, soprano vocal  
Decca NA 12459 4/3/1963 Just over the line Helen Morgan vocalist, soprano vocal  
Decca NA 12460 4/3/1963 Don't knock upon my door tonight Helen Morgan vocalist, soprano vocal  
(Results 26-29 of 29 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Morgan, Helen," accessed October 21, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/108933.

Morgan, Helen. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 21, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/108933.

"Morgan, Helen." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 21 October 2020.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/108933

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