Ruth Etting
American singer, vaudevillian, musical theatre performer and film actress
Ruth Etting
Ruth Etting was an American singing star and actress of the 1920s and 1930s, who had over 60 hit recordings and worked in stage, radio, and film. Her signature tunes were "Shine On Harvest Moon", "Ten Cents a Dance", and "Love Me or Leave Me". Her other popular recordings included "Button Up Your Overcoat", "Mean to Me", "Exactly Like You", and "Shaking the Blues Away".
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'Nannette & Her Hotsy Totsy Boys' - The Record Gazette
Google News - over 5 years
They put on a show featuring the songs of Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith, Ethel Waters, Fannie Brice, Cliff Edwards, Sophie Tucker, Ted Lewis, Ruth Etting and many more. For more information, contact the Edward Dean Museum & Gardens at (951) 845-2626 or
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Shaggy's Summer in Kingston tops the Billboard chart - Jamaica Observer
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It was later covered in 1933 by Ruth Etting and then Bing Crosby. Redding's version was recorded in 1966. Subsequent covers were recorded by Three Dog Night (in 1969), Ella Fitzgerald, Al Jarreau, Percy Sledge, Michael Bolton, Rod Stewart,
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Otis Redding's 'Tenderness' Fan Club: Kanye, Jay-Z, Shrek And More - MTV.com
Google News - over 5 years
Written by James Campbell and Reginald Connelly (under the pseudonym Irving King) and originally recorded in 1932 by the Ray Noble Orchestra, then again in 1933 by actress Ruth Etting and Bing Crosby, "Try a Little Tenderness" would go on to be covered
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ONLY $10 for $20 Worth of Award Winning Breakfast at The Omelette Parlor - Colorado Springs Gazette
Google News - almost 6 years
In 1893, 900 East Fillmore, now known as the Colorado Springs Omelette Parlor was purchased and built as a retirement home for movie star, Ruth Etting and her husband Merle Alderman, who also was a well-known pianist, singer and composer
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O miłości, przyjaźni i zwierzętach w czasach prohibicji - FilmWeb
Google News - almost 6 years
Cieszę się także, że na soundtracku znalazło się miejsce dla jazzowych kawałków Bessie Smith czy uwielbianej przez Marlenę, a zapomnianej już trochę, Ruth Etting. Jak wygląda narracja filmu? Cała historia Jacoba to snuta przez niego samego opowieść
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Photo Flash: Martha Lorin in 'Love Me or Leave Me' at Milford Theater - Broadway World
Google News - almost 6 years
It was the first preview of their new show "Love Me Or Leave Me - A Tribute to Ruth Etting" Directed by theater legend Larry Fuller. Written by Larry Fuller and Martha Lorin. Produced by Lampkin Music Group, Eric Bufano and Milford Theater
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Milford Theatre reopens Saturday - Pike County Courier
Google News - almost 6 years
Having heard her sing “Love Me or Leave Me” and “Get Happy” at Feinstein's in Manhattan, her Ruth Etting show should be a winner!” Admission is $20 (cash only) and seating is on a first come, first serve basis
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Martha Lorin Returns to LA's Gardenia With Love Me Or Leave Me May 21 - Broadway World
Google News - almost 6 years
Tome Rolla's Gardenia, Eric Bufano and Lampkin Music Group presents Martha Lorin in "Love Me Or Leave Me - A Tribute to Ruth Etting" ONE SHOW ONLY! Saturday, May 21st, 2011. Critically acclaimed jazz singer, Martha Lorin, returns to the LA nightclub
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San Francisco Jazz singer Amanda King is at the Rrazz Room this May - American Chronicle
Google News - almost 6 years
It was also the title of a movie about the life story of torch singer Ruth Etting, portrayed by another famous singer, Doris Day. Yet, again obscurity eclipses another. Ruth Etting is unknown to contemporary audiences today
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In search of Lee Morse - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Google News - almost 6 years
But she was replaced on opening night by Ruth Etting — Morse, the story goes, was hung over from a bender the night before. Etting rode the signature song from Simple Simon, "Ten Cents a Dance," to stardom. Morse continued on as a popular nightclub
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Water for Elephants - Filmmuziek
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De ene keer door sublieme mixage van een heel oud nummer van Ruth Etting met de score, de andere keer door stevige orkestrale tracks die op een aangename manier klassiek aandoen. Aan de andere kant laat James Newton Howard iets horen wat we niet van
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MUSIC REVIEW; Keeping Torch Songs Ablaze
NYTimes - over 6 years
Talk about wacky. When Andrea Marcovicci was 5, she recalls, her mother, Helen, a nightclub singer now in her 90s and still active, taught her to sing ''The Man I Love.'' In the Marcovicci home ''Stormy Weather'' was sung as a lullaby. What would that do to an impressionable little girl, you might ask? Decades later Ms. Marcovicci, who turned 62 on
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THE OSCARS; No More Que Será Será: Give Day Her Due
NYTimes - about 7 years
LIKE a lot of us, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has made its share of good decisions and its share of lulus. Unlike a lot of us, the academy is sometimes willing to admit the lulus. In recognition of the frailties of human judgment, so susceptible to emotion and hype, the academy early on began the awarding of special prizes
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Access Hollywood
NYTimes - over 11 years
THE GOLDEN WEST Hollywood Stories. By Daniel Fuchs. Selected by Christopher Carduff. Introduction by John Updike. 256 pp. A Black Sparrow Book/ David R. Godine. $24.95. This superb collection of Daniel Fuchs's fiction and essays about Hollywood, spanning half a century, records the vagaries of the film industry from the perspective of a
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SUMMER MOVIES: DVD'S; 'Love Me or Leave Me'
NYTimes - almost 12 years
This backstage biography of the singer Ruth Etting must be the most unusual MGM musical of the 50's. On the surface, ''Love Me or Leave Me'' is a big, satisfying CinemaScope melodrama, with Doris Day starring, about Etting's rise from dime-a-dance girl to headliner. James Cagney is the small-time Chicago hood she uses, marries and then leaves for
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Critic's Choice: New DVD's
NYTimes - almost 12 years
Andrzej Wajda: Three War Films The Polish filmmaker Andrzej Wajda earned his place in political history with his 1977 theatrical release ''Man of Marble,'' a harsh critique of Soviet ideology that was an important public act of dissent in Communist Poland. But his place in film history probably rests with his first three features, ''A Generation''
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MOVIES: CRITIC'S CHOICE
NYTimes - over 12 years
ONE day Bruce Nolan (Jim Carrey), the protagonist of Tom Shadyac's BRUCE ALMIGHTY (2003), is an unappreciated local television reporter in Buffalo, covering stories about giant cookies and tour boats and being passed over for promotions. The next, he can pull the moon closer to earth at will and walk on water. When he needs a big news story, he
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CABARET IN REVIEW; 'Shaking the Blues' -- 'A 1920's Cabaret'
NYTimes - almost 13 years
Danny's Skylight Room 346 West 46th Street, Clinton Mondays through May 3 The raciest of several obscurities performed by Maude Maggart in ''Shaking the Blues: A 1920's Cabaret'' is a 1925 novelty by A. P. Randolph that poses a leering question: ''How could Red Riding Hood have been so very good and still keep the wolf from the door?'' The comic
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NYC; The Feuding Of Celebrities Is Old News
NYTimes - almost 16 years
THIS is one of those never-told-before stories, the result of rummaging through newly discovered archives. Present events in New York make it timely. One night in 1936, Cole Porter walked up to a table at the Stork Club and threw a batch of worthless gold-mine stocks in George Gershwin's face. During the Depression, that was a way for popular
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Ruth Etting
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1978
    Age 80
    Ruth Etting died in Colorado Springs, Colorado in 1978, aged 81.
    More Details Hide Details She was survived by a stepson, John Alderman, and four grandchildren.
  • 1966
    Age 68
    Etting remained married to Myrl Alderman until his death on November 28, 1966; he was buried in Evergreen Cemetery in Colorado Springs.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1955
    Age 57
    Etting, Myrl Alderman and Moe Snyder all sold their rights to the story to MGM; Snyder was living in Chicago in 1955.
    More Details Hide Details Shortly before her death, Etting said she thought the screen portrayal of her was too tough and that Jane Powell would have been a better choice for the lead. Etting has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her work in films located on the north side of the 6500 block of Hollywood Boulevard. Note: All of the above were Columbia releases. The following four were non-Columbia releases: Ruth Etting's Broadway appearances are recorded at the Internet Broadway Database. BioShock 2 - 2010 Bioshock Infinite - 2013
    Her life was the basis for the fictionalized 1955 film, Love Me or Leave Me, which starred Doris Day (as Etting), James Cagney (as Snyder) and Cameron Mitchell (as Alderman).
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  • FORTIES
  • 1947
    Age 49
    She also accepted an engagement at New York's Copacabana in March 1947.
    More Details Hide Details Etting traveled alone to New York and during a newspaper interview, was asked if she had ever seen Moe Snyder again. She replied, "No, I hope I never do." and said that her husband never went to bed without a gun. The couple relocated to an eight acre farm outside of Colorado Springs in 1938. Alderman, who was raised in Colorado Springs, operated a restaurant there for a time.
    The scandal of the sensational trial in Los Angeles effectively ended Etting's career, though she briefly had a radio show on WHN in 1947.
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  • 1938
    Age 40
    Etting married Alderman, who was almost a decade her junior, on December 14, 1938 in Las Vegas, during Moe Snyder's trial for attempted murder.
    More Details Hide Details Snyder was convicted of attempted murder, but released on appeal after one year in jail. Snyder won a new trial but returned to jail in January 1940 in lieu of bail. Edith Snyder, Moe's daughter, remained with Ruth Etting. Edith died August 3, 1939 of heart disease at age 22.
    The testimony in both trials brought much personal information into the public eye. Snyder, who claimed to still be in love with his ex-wife, gave Etting a diamond and platinum bracelet which she accepted after Snyder's telephone threat in January 1938.
    More Details Hide Details Etting testified that she agreed with her ex-husband's statement to police that Snyder was either drunk or out of his mind when he threatened her by phone. During the trial, Snyder's attorney portrayed Ruth Etting as a calculating woman who had married Moe Snyder strictly for the benefit of her career, and that she divorced him in favor of being with another, younger man (Myrl Alderman). Snyder's attorney echoed his client's claim of self-defense and said his client never intended to kill Etting, his daughter, and Myrl Alderman. The attorney further claimed that if Snyder intended to kill the pianist, he had ample time to do so while he held a gun on Alderman during the drive from the radio station to the home where the shooting took place.
    Three days after the shooting of Myrl Alderman, the pianist's second wife, Alma, sued Ruth Etting for alienation of her husband's affections. Though Etting and Alderman claimed to have been married in Tijuana, Mexico in July 1938, Alma Alderman said any marriage was invalid, because her divorce from Myrl Alderman would not be final until December 1938.
    More Details Hide Details Police investigators could find no record of the couple's Mexican marriage. Ruth Etting testified that she was not married to Alderman and that she believed the reason for Alderman's neither denying nor confirming marriage rumors was that he thought they would be safe from Moe Snyder if it was believed they were now married. The second Mrs. Alderman also called Moe Snyder to the stand as a witness regarding an attraction between her husband and Etting. Alderman's first wife, Helen, also appeared in court, claiming that Alma Alderman had spirited Myrl away from her. Alma Alderman's lawsuit ended in December 1939, with the court finding that she was not entitled to damages from Ruth Etting.
    Snyder claimed Myrl Alderman pulled a gun and shot at him first and that his ex-wife would not file charges against him because she still loved him. He also claimed he was drunk when he made the telephone threats to Etting in January 1938, saying that at the time his intentions were to kill both his ex-wife and himself.
    More Details Hide Details Ruth Etting said that the only gun in the home belonged to her, and after the shooting of Alderman, she was able to go into her bedroom and get it. Upon seeing Etting's gun, Moe Snyder wrested it away from her; it landed on the floor. Snyder's daughter, Edith, picked it up and held it on her father, shooting at him but hitting the floor instead. During a police reenactment of the shooting three days later, Edith Snyder said that she fired at her father to save Ruth Etting, weeping as she continued, "I don't yet know whether I am sorry I missed my Dad or whether I am glad." Snyder was accused of attempting to murder his ex-wife, his daughter, and Etting's accompanist, Myrl Alderman, the kidnapping of Alderman, as well as California state gun law violations.
    Etting fell in love with her pianist, Myrl Alderman, who was separated from his wife. In January 1938, she began receiving threatening telephone calls from Snyder, who initially claimed Etting withheld assets from him when the divorce settlement was made.
    More Details Hide Details Though the couple was divorced, Snyder was also upset because of reports that she was seeing another man. Snyder told Etting that he would come out to California and kill her. Snyder's first threat was delivered to his daughter, Edith. When Snyder telephoned and found his ex-wife unavailable, Snyder told his daughter that he "would fix her ticket, too". He called again that evening; this time Etting took the call with her cousin, Arthur Etting, listening on an extension. Etting requested police protection after the telephone call and arranged for private protection. She believed the danger was over when Snyder did not appear soon after his telephone call and released her bodyguards. On October 15, 1938, Moe Snyder detained Myrl Alderman at a local radio station and forced the pianist to take him to the home of his former wife. In the house at the time were Etting, and Edith Snyder. Edith, Snyder's daughter by a previous marriage, worked for Etting and remained living with her after the divorce. Snyder held Etting and Alderman at gunpoint; when told his daughter was in another part of the house, he made Etting call her into the room. Snyder said he intended to kill all three, and told them to be quiet. When Myrl Alderman attempted to speak, Snyder shot him. Snyder then told his ex-wife, "I've had my revenge, so you can call the police."
  • THIRTIES
  • 1937
    Age 39
    Etting divorced Moe Snyder on the grounds of cruelty and abandonment on November 30, 1937.
    More Details Hide Details Snyder did not contest the divorce and received a settlement from his former wife. Etting gave her ex-husband half of her earnings at the time, $50,000, some securities and a half interest in a home in Beverly Hills, California. She deducted the gambling debts of Snyder she had paid and costs she had paid for a home for Snyder's mother.
    It is not clear why she did not go through with her announced plans, but she issued a second statement regarding retirement after filing for divorce from Snyder in November 1937.
    More Details Hide Details Etting saved some of her paycheck each week, regardless of the amount she was making at the time. Her friends said she invested in California real estate rather than the stock market.
  • 1936
    Age 38
    Etting returned to the US and signed with Decca in December 1936 and recorded until April 1937, when she basically retired from recording.
    More Details Hide Details Etting, who made many of her own clothes, did her own housekeeping and lived frugally, initially announced her retirement in 1935.
    After a solitary Brunswick session in March 1936, she signed with the British label Rex and recorded two sessions in August and September, 1936.
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  • 1934
    Age 36
    Etting then signed with Brunswick and remained there until May 1934, when she re-signed with Columbia through July 1935.
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  • 1931
    Age 33
    She remained at Columbia through June 1931, when she split her recording between ARC (Banner, Perfect, Romeo, Oriole, etc.) and Columbia through March 1933.
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  • 1929
    Age 31
    In Hollywood, Etting made a long series of movie shorts between 1929 and 1936, and three feature movies in 1933 and 1934.
    More Details Hide Details In 1936, she appeared in London in Ray Henderson's Transatlantic Rhythm. Etting also had her own twice weekly 15 minute radio show on CBS in the 1930s. By 1934, she was on NBC with sports announcer Ted Husing doing the announcing and Oldsmobile sponsoring her program. After an unissued test made by Victor on April 4, 1924, Etting was signed to Columbia Records in February 1926.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1927
    Age 29
    She made her Broadway debut in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1927.
    More Details Hide Details While the original plan for the show was for Etting to do a tap dance after singing "Shaking the Blues Away", she later remembered she was not a very good dancer. At the show's final rehearsal, Flo Ziegfeld told her, "Ruth, when you get through singing, just walk off the stage". Etting also appeared in Ziegfeld's last "Follies" in 1931. She later recalled, "I was no actress, and I knew it. But I could sell a song". She went on to appear in a number of other hit shows in rapid succession, including Simple Simon and Whoopee!
  • 1922
    Age 24
    Etting became a featured vocalist at the nightclub, and married gangster Martin "Moe the Gimp" Snyder on July 17, 1922 in Crown Point, Indiana.
    More Details Hide Details He managed her career, booking radio appearances and eventually had her signed to an exclusive recording contract with Columbia Records.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1897
    Born
    Etting was born in David City, Nebraska in 1897 to Alfred, a banker, and Winifred (née Kleinhan) Etting.
    More Details Hide Details Her mother died when she was five years old and she then went to live with her paternal grandparents, George and Hannah Etting. Alfred Etting remarried; he moved away from David City and was not a part of his daughter's life. Etting was interested in drawing at an early age and hoped to be able to draw illustrations for a newspaper. She left David City at the age of sixteen to attend art school in Chicago. Etting got a job designing costumes at the Marigold Gardens nightclub, which led to employment singing and dancing in the chorus there. While she enjoyed singing at school and in church, Etting never took voice lessons. She said that she had patterned her song styling after Marion Harris, but created her own unique style by alternating tempos and by varying some notes and phrases.
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