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Anita Ellis, singing the Gershwin’s “They Can’t Take That Away From Me.” From Wikipedia we learn that Ms. Ellis was the singing voice for film stars Rita Hayworth, Vera Ellen and Jeanne Crain. A more detailed biography for Ms. Ellis is available on Oldies.com. In Filmreference.com, you will find a listing of her major works in film and on records. James Gavin, in Intimate Nights, describes her as a cafe songbird of the 1950s (note in photos between pages 216 and 217), as well as offers several detailed mentions throughout his fascinating book. Boston.com Arts and Entertainment also includes a short reminisce about Ms. Ellis by Milton Babbit. Enjoy!
Thursday is the day of the week when McElrath Cabaret will feature some of our favorite cabaret blogs, websites or performers. Today we’re featuring a cabaret online group called Cabaretsingers@yahoogroups.com. It costs nothing to join the group; you simply set up an account with your email and password.
The purpose of the group, as listed on the home page of CabaretSingers, is:
For all cabaret singers & cabaret acts and for those who love to watch cabaret & cabaret-style performing–this List is for YOU! We have over 460 members!! The purpose of this list is to share with the list-members your act, where you’ll be performing, cabaret clubs in your area, new cd’s from cabaret performers, etc. It’s also to let others know of performers you have seen & recommend. Finally, an important feature of this List is to share our knowledge of this art-form….what we have learned, what we need to learn, etc . . . . The intent of the list is to “spread the word” of cabaret entertainment in this country and abroad, to educate..and to let others know about this incredible, magical art-form!
For a news source for cabaret events around the country, this is a good group. It is also helpful to use if you have an announcement about something to do with cabaret–460 cabaret enthusiasts will have the opportunity to read your post. Some recent posts include Stu Hamstra from Cabaret Hotline Online, which was featured at McElrath Cabaret– announcing the latest article from Sue Matsuki had been posted to his informative site, Gia Mora will be at Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret in Denver on June 24th, the announcement of a new Irving Berlin CD release by artists Ben and Brad, and a link to the latest (and fantastic if you have never seen it before) Life Is A Cabaret newsletter by Palm Springs-based cabaret artist, producer and promoter Les Michaels –we reviewed Les’s newsletter a few weeks ago, and this is just the tip of what is available on this ever-changing and updated Yahoo group. For the cabaret enthusiast, I recommend Cabaretsingers@yahoogroups.com.
Is there a cabaret blog, website or performer that you would like to see featured on McElrath Cabaret? Leave us a note in the comments below—we always love to hear from our readers!
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:
Tuesdays: Cabaret Tip Tuesday
Wednesdays: Ask A Cabaret Question
Thursdays: Featured Cabaret Blog, Website, Performer
Fridays: Cabaret Through Time