Artist: Ethel Waters
Author: Harry Akst/Grant Clarke
In film On With The Show, the first one in Technicolor. Backed up by Ben Selvin (violin) and the Dorsey brothers. First black woman to headline at the Palace Theatre in New York, starred at the Plantation Club (where she introduced Dinah) and the Cotton Club before she went to Hollywood. For a time she was the best paid woman in showbizz, black or white. Since Ethel, black performers were not necessarily limited to the blues.
Hoagy Carmichael & Lauren Bacall [in film To Have And To Have Not]
Barbra Streisand [in film Funny Lady]
John Lone [in film The Last Emperor]
Composer Harry Akst also wrote Baby Face, coauthor Grant Clarke Second Hand Rose. Am I Blue as by George Strait (n°1 C&W in '87) is a different song.
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