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Fridays are the day when we at the McElrath Cabaret Blog present blog posts in our Cabaret Through Time series. We present historical cabaret singers, entertainers, venues, writers, and musicians, and often include cabaret videos. We hope that you find it informative!


Miss Jill Corey–A Pop Singer From the 1950s and 60s and Still Going Strong


Miss Jill Corey was a singer who, at the ripe old age of 17, was discovered by Mitch Miller and consequently signed by him to Columbia Records. She went on to perform on numerous television shows including Johnny Carson, Dave Garroway, Ed Sullivan and many others.  She was a popular singer who also appeared in film.  Miss Corey, whose original name was Norma Jean Speranza, performed at the noted nightclubs The Copacabana and The Blue Angel, Danny’s Skylight Room, The Algonquin Hotel, Carneige Hall in New York, Cinegrill in Hollywood, as well as many other nightclubs throughout the country.  She has several albums to her credit as well.  James Gavin, in his Intimate Nights, lists Corey’s 1958 album Sometimes I’m Happy, Sometimes I’m Blue as a significant album in terms of cafe style  or in her career, and it’s now available as a CD.  On her official website, Ms. Corey also lists some re-releases, including a 2009 compilation disc of four radio shows she did back in the 1950s called Jill Corey with Billy Maxted’s Manhattan Jazz Band–Let’s Go To Town, and a 2007 re-release entitled Little Girl Blue, which features songs she recorded from 1954-1958.


One of the best sources of information about Miss Jill Corey is her own official website; I highly recommend her biography, which was my main resource for the information stated above.  It also contains a great annotated photo gallery as well as discography.  She is also referenced in Wikipedia, IMDB, as well as several songs on You Tube.


Here is Jill Corey on Your Hit Parade, hosted by Richard Dawson:


And Jill Corey singing “Summer Nights,” set to photos from her stint in 1955-56 on The Johnny Carson Show:



What are your favorite entertainment moments by Jill Corey?  Which recordings of her songs do you like the most?  Let us know in the comments below–we love to hear from you!



Till next time, 


ps–The Cabaret Soiree Link Party will begin anew on Monday–you can visit anytime to click on the links and see what others have posted, or you can share your own recent cabaret blog or website link every Monday through Thursday.  Link is below.


Weekly Post Lineup At McElrath Cabaret:

Mondays:  Cabaret Soiree Cabaret Blog Link Party

Tuesdays:  Cabaret Tip Tuesday

Wednesdays:  Ask A Cabaret Question

Thursdays:  Featured Cabaret Blog, Website, Performer

Fridays:  Cabaret Through Time

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About Athena at McElrath Cabaret

Athena McElrath is an entertainer with a love for theatre and singing. She enjoys delving in the area of historical cabaret, researching the singers and clubs that were in business from before 1920 to the present, in New York and beyond.
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