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By host on 10/24/2010 3:00 AM
  Eva Taylor is one of the many forgotten singers of the 1920s despite all the many recordings she made. She was a child actor who came to Harlem, sang in nightclubs, married the great jazz pianist Clarence Williams (also pretty much forgotten) and had a long and successful career. This recording of West End Blues is my favorite version of the tune, performed with simplicity, directness, and plenty of feeling. ...
By host on 10/17/2010 3:00 AM
In the 1920s and early 1930s Ruth Etting was as big a singing star as ever existed. Here's a nice recording of her singing "I'm Happy". What a great scene - Ruth sharing the backseat of a limo with the chauffeur, listening to the newest technology -- car radio!

UPDATE: The lawyers win again.  The short excerpt from a 1930s film was removed from youtube for copyright violation.  Copyright laws have been extended to the point that just about nothing can be shown without paying someone.  Just another sign of the decline of our culture.  If you can't view this video, thank a lawyer.

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