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Pearl Bailey

Pearl Mae Bailey (March 29, 1918 – August 17, 1990) was an American actress and singer. After appearing in vaudeville she made her Broadway debut in St. Louis Woman in 1946. She won a Tony Award for the title role in the all-black production of Hello, Dolly! in 1968. In 1986, she won a Daytime Emmy award for her performance as a fairy godmother in the ABC Afterschool Special, Cindy Eller: A Modern Fairy Tale.

Her rendition of "Takes Two to Tango" hit the top ten in 1952. She received the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award in 1976 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom on October 17, 1988.

Birth and Death Data: Born 1918 (Newport News), Died August 17th, 1990 (Philadelphia)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1950 - 1964

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 44 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 75897 2/27/1950 Nothin' for nothin' Pearl Bailey vocalist  
Decca 75899 2/27/1950 There must be somethin' ; better than love ; Curtain music Pearl Bailey vocalist  
Decca 82045 12/28/1951 8th Street association Pearl Bailey vocalist  
Decca 82046 12/28/1951 The birth of the blues Pearl Bailey vocalist  
Decca 82047 12/28/1951 Nothing, nothing baby Pearl Bailey vocalist  
Decca 82048 12/28/1951 I heard Pearl Bailey vocalist  
Decca 83150 7/24/1952 My ideal Pearl Bailey vocalist  
Decca 83151 7/24/1952 Let there be love Pearl Bailey vocalist  
Decca 83152 7/24/1952 Takes two to tango Pearl Bailey vocalist  
Decca 83153 7/24/1952 Toot, toot, tootsie goodbye Pearl Bailey vocalist  
Decca 83913 2/6/1953 Hug me a hug (Kiss me a kiss) Pearl Bailey vocalist  
Decca 83914 2/6/1953 I always shake the tree Pearl Bailey vocalist  
Decca 83915 2/6/1953 As long as I live Pearl Bailey vocalist  
Decca 83916 2/6/1953 Big words Pearl Bailey vocalist  
Decca 83966 2/18/1953 Drunk with love Pearl Bailey vocalist  
Decca 83967 2/18/1953 Changeable you Pearl Bailey vocalist  
Decca 83968 2/18/1953 World weary Pearl Bailey vocalist  
Decca 83969 2/18/1953 Ain't nothin' nothin' baby (without you) Pearl Bailey vocalist  
Decca 85200 9/10/1953 I love my Argentine Pearl Bailey vocalist  
Decca 85201 9/10/1953 Me and my shadow Pearl Bailey vocalist  
Decca 85202 9/10/1953 She's something Spanish Pearl Bailey vocalist  
Decca 85804 2/1/1954 Come rain or come shine Pearl Bailey vocalist  
Decca 85805 2/1/1954 Alla en el rancho grande Pearl Bailey vocalist  
Decca 85806 2/1/1954 What happened to the hair (on the head of the man I love) Pearl Bailey vocalist  
Decca 85807 2/1/1954 I wouldn't walk across the street Pearl Bailey vocalist  
(Results 1-25 of 44 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Bailey, Pearl," accessed March 1, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/302559.

Bailey, Pearl. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved March 1, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/302559.

"Bailey, Pearl." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 1 March 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/302559

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