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One of Broadway’s greatest torch singers, Ruth Etting was born on November 23, 1907 in David City, Nebraska.

She got her start in Chicago nightclubs and became a star as a featured vocalist in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1927.

Among the over 60 charted recordings include the top ten hits ‘Lonesome and Sorry’ (#3, 1926), ‘But I Do, You Know I Do’ (#10, 1926), ‘Thinking of You’ (#5, 1927), ‘It All Depends on You’ (#8, 1927), “‘Deed I Do” (#2, 1927), ‘Sam, the Old Accordion Man’ (#5, 1927), ‘Hoosier Sweetheart’ (#10, 1927), ‘Wistful and Blue’ (#10, 1927), ‘(What Do We Do) On a Dew-Dew-Dewy Day’ (#4, 1927), ‘Shaking the Blues Away’ (#4, 1927), ‘I’m Nobody’s Baby’ (#9, 1927), ‘The Song is Ended (But the Melody Lingers On)’ (#7, 1927), ‘Back in Your Own Back Yard’ (#5, 1928), ‘When You’re With Somebody Else’ (#10, 1928), ‘Keep Sweeping Cobwebs Off the Moon’ (with Ted Lewis & His Band, #9, 1928), ‘Ramona’ (#10, 1928), ‘Happy Days and Lonely Nights’ (#9, 1928), ‘Love Me or Leave Me’ (#2, 1929), ‘I’ll Get By As Long As I Have You’ (#3, 1929), ‘Mean to Me’ (#3, 1929), ‘Ten Cents A Dance’ (#5, 1929), ‘Guilty’ (#4, 1931) and ‘Life is a Song’ (#1, 1935).

Ruth Etting died on September 24, 1978. In 1955, Doris Day starred in Etting’s biopic Love Me or Leave Me.


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