Cliff Nazarro

Cliff Nazarro (January 31, 1904 – February 18, 1961) was a popular double-talk comedian of the 1930s and 1940s who appeared in movies such as You'll Never Get Rich (1941) as Swivel Tongue with Fred Astaire and Rita Hayworth, In Old Colorado (1941) as Nosey Haskins with William Boyd, and Hillbilly Blitzkrieg (1942) as Barney Google.

A comment in a 1942 newspaper article summed up Nazarro's varied talents: "He played all sorts of roles in stock companies, was a versatile actor in musical comedy and vaudeville, is one of the top masters-of-ceremony in show business, and was a serious vocalist on the radio."

Nazarro was the voice of Warner Brothers cartoon character "Egghead." He made a few commercial recordings, including a 1932 date as vocalist with swing band Roane's Pennsylvanians and a 1942 comic recitation, "News of the World."

Birth and Death Data: Born January 31st, 1904 (New Haven)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1925 - 1939

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist, lyricist, composer

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BSHQ-72837 10-in. 6/2/1932 Is I in love? I is Cliff Nazarro ; Roane's Pennsylvanians ; Snowball Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solos and vocal chorus vocalist  
Victor BSHQ-72838 10-in. 6/2/1932 Good-bye blues Roane's Pennsylvanians Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solos and vocal chorus vocalist  
Victor BSHQ-72840 10-in. 6/2/1932 Charlie two-step Williams' Cotton Club Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Victor BSHQ-72841 10-in. 6/2/1932 Cast your sins away Roane's Pennsylvanians Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, lyricist, composer  
Victor BSHQ-72842 10-in. 6/2/1932 Sleep, come on and take me Williams' Cotton Club Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Victor BS-042675 10-in. 9/13/1939 I'll remember Cliff Nazarro Comic monologue, with organ vocalist  
Victor BS-042676 10-in. 9/13/1939 How to learn to tap dance Cliff Nazarro Comic monologue with piano vocalist  
Columbia W141210 10-in. 10/29/1925 Headin' for Louisville Cliff Nazarro Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist  
Columbia W141213 10-in. 10/29/1925 I wonder where my baby is to-night Cliff Nazarro Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist  
Columbia W141504 10-in. 1/16/1926 You ought to see what's waiting for me Cliff Nazarro Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist  
Columbia W141505 10-in. 1/16/1926 Why don't you marry the girl? Cliff Nazarro Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist  
Columbia W142661 10-in. 9/21/1926 Susie's "feller" Cliff Nazarro Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist  
Columbia W142662 10-in. 9/21/1926 Gone again gal Cliff Nazarro Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Nazarro, Cliff," accessed October 27, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/112640.

Nazarro, Cliff. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 27, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/112640.

"Nazarro, Cliff." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 27 October 2020.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/112640

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