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
|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|
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.
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