The trio treated the audience to the ever popular Dinah by Harry Akst, lyrics by Sam M Lewis and introduced by Ethel Waters
to the Plantation Club on Broadway in 1925.
Often, to be able to perform in white establishments, black entertainers, in the early days of their careers, like Louis Armstrong, Ethel Waters
, Bessie Smith, Flip Wilson and countless others had to act out the stereotype of the blackface to be allowed to perform.
Couut Basie, Henry Mancini, Stuatra, Tony Bennett, Loui Prima Keely Smith, Steve and Eydie, Ethel Waters
The one-woman musical about the ground-breaking African-American performer Ethel Waters
, whose career took her from vaudeville and Harlem's Cotton Club to Hollywood, was as good as anything I've seen Off-Broadway.
Their collaboration resulted in this year's series of performances under the banner of "Fine and Dandy." The festival began last week with the 1928 musical "Whoopee!" - its last performances are Friday through Sunday - followed by a series of concerts that include "Rhapsody in Blue," billed as the best of the '20s, an evening of hot jazz called "Riverboat Shuffle" and a tribute called "Careless Love," in which guest artist Clairdee and local singers Marisa Frantz and Siri Vik honor jazz-and-blues era singers Ethel Waters
, Bessie Smith and Annette Hanshaw.
Looking like she's been there and done that, but was never actually convicted for it, Lenox rocks the house with two vulgar blues solos--"Go Back Where You Stayed Last Night" (by Sidney Easton and Ethel Waters
) and "Women Be Wise" (by Sippie Wallace, better known, perhaps, for "I'm a Mighty Tight Woman")--that offer a hint of gritty reality.
The actress appeared in the 1952 film version, too, with her original Broadway co-stars, Ethel Waters
and Brandon De Wilde, and received an Academy Award nomination.
Heat Wave: The Life and Career of Ethel Waters
. New York: HarperCollins, 2011.640 pp.
In November, Gay Marshall will release her second CD, titled “Go Back Where You Stayed Last Night,” a collection of 20's and 30's New Orleans style “foot stompin', hand clappin', good time blues.” With inspiration from Ethel Waters
, who wrote the title track with Sidney Easton, the CD repertoire includes titles like “Sweet Man,” “West End Blues” and “Brother You Got Me Wrong.” The CD was recorded in Cleveland and New York.
As he does with the rest of Minnelli's catalog of films, Griffin gives us the dope on the off-camera goings-on during the shooting, in this case a rivalry between Ethel Waters
and the exquisite Lena Home, whom the former felt was getting too much attention from the director.
Falling in love with a white doctor, she retreats to the South and the grandmother (Ethel Waters
) who raised her.
In 1916, Charles Gilpin will establish the Lafayette Players and set the stage for Bessie Smith, Ethel Waters
, Duke Ellington, Fletcher Henderson, Earl Hines, Stepin Fetchit and others.