Saturday, December 3, 2016

Snappy, Snazzy, and Class to the Eye Teeth

 Annette Hanshaw,
one of the most popular radio stars of the 1930s.
In a 1934 poll,
she was voted "Best Popular Female Singer"
(Kate Smith was only Number 4!).
 Not sure what kind of pizza that is on her head,
but thank goodness it's a "personal size".

 Annette was known as "The Personality Girl", 
and her trademark was saying
"That's all!"
 at the end of many of her records.
She could also do a damn good imitation of 
Helen Kane, The Boop Boop A Doop gal,
singing under the pseudonym of Patsy Young.
After Annette was sued for her imitation
(yup, it was THAT good),
Helen said,
"Annette sounds more like me than I do!"
 Supposedly Annette disliked show business,
despite her success and popularity.
"I loved singing," she said.
 "You know, jamming with the musicians 
when it isn't important to do, 
but somehow or another I was terribly nervous when I sang."
She retired from the business in the late 1930s.

 Above the REAL Helen Kane,
mit "overcoat!"

 Above and below,
Eddie Cantor and Ethel Merman
in Kid Millions,
a star-studded movie musical from 1934.
Get a load of the cast:
Eddie, Ethel, Ann Southern, George Murphy,
The Nicholas Brothers,
and in the Goldwyn Girls chorus line,
Lucille Ball, and Paulette Goddard.
We'll hear "Mandy"... an Irving Berlin addition.

 This Is The Army, 1942,
with music by Mr. Berlin,
and a cast and crew of American soldiers.
 Berlin based it on his WWI show, 
Yip Yip Yaphank
(at top, with Berlin in the center),
filling even the female roles with privates and
 the odd staff sergeant!

 Above the quartet that sang
"What The Well Dressed Man In Harlem Will Wear,"
including Cpl. James Cross and 
Pvts. William Wyckoff and Marion "Spoons" Brown.
At Berlin's insistence,
this show had African Americans and whites 
performing on stage simultaneously, 
a first EVER on Broadway.
Below, a pic from the movie version,
made in 1943 with Ronald Reagan.

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