Cabaret Through Time Fridays at McElrath Cabaret–Teddi King–Join Us!


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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!


Teddi King–A Cabaret Artist


Teddi King, whose full name was Theodora King, was a jazz singer and pop artist who was active in music from 1949 to 1977.  I found information about Ms. King on Wikipedia, from James Gavin’s Intimate Nights, as well as a brief biography and discography at Allmusic.  Author Nat Hentoff wrote an article for Village Voice entitled, “Remembering Teddi King.”


She toured with George Shearing for two years starting in 1952, after which she spent time recording several wonderful albums.  They, according to the Wikipedia entry on Ms. King, include:


  • Storyville Presents Teddi King (1954, Storyville)
  • Now in Vogue (1955, Storyville)
  • Bidin’ My Time (1956, RCA)
  • A Girl and Her Songs (1957, RCA)
  • To You From Teddi King (1957, RCA)
  • All the King’s Songs (1959, Coral)
  • This is New (1977, Inner City)
  • Lovers and Losers (1978, Audiophile)
  • Someone to Light Up Your Life (1979, Audiophile)
  • In the Beginning, 1949-1954 (2000 compilation, Baldwin Street Music)
  • Round Midnight (2008, Flare)
James Gavin, in Intimate Nights, selects the albums Now In Vogue and A Girl and Her Songs as “Releases that, in the author’s judgement, endure as outstanding achievements in the genre [of cabaret] and provide lasting pleasure”  (361).  The Wikipedia entry goes on to say that Lee Wiley, Mildred Bailey and Mabel Mercer were some of Teddi King’s musical influences.  Born in 1929, Ms. King died of lupus in 1977.  She was 48 years old.

Gavin goes on to describe Teddi King’s voice as “a rich, honeyed contralto [which] was characterized by a fast vibrato and a throb that lent it a uniquely moving quality” (316).

Not only does she have a glorious voice, but she is also a superb actor of the lyrics.  See if you don’t agree–here is Teddi King singing the satiric “Tennessee Williams Blues”:



And Ms. King with “I’m In The Market For You,” from her album Now In Vogue:



 Did you ever have the pleasure of seeing Teddi King perform in person?  Which recordings of her songs do you like the most and why?  Let us know in the comments below–we love to hear from you!


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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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