Saturday, February 13, 2010
RUTH ETTING- Singer
Ruth Etting , singing star and actress of the 1920s and 1930s, who had over sixty 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."
She became a famous vocalist at the Marigold Gardens nightclub, and married gangster Martin "Moe the Gimp" Snyder on July 12, 1922. He managed her career, booking radio performances, and had her signed a recording contract with Columbia Records. She made her Broadway debut in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1927. She went on to perform in Simple Simon and Whoopee!. In Hollywood, she made a series of movie shorts between 1929 and 1936, and three feature movies in 1933 and 1934. In 1936, she appeared in London in Ray Henderson's Transatlantic.
Her life was the basis for the film, Love Me or Leave Me (1955).