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Ethel Waters

Ethel Waters had a long and varied career, and was one of the first true jazz singers to record. Defying racism with her talent and bravery, Waters became a stage and movie star in the 1930s and '40s without leaving the U.S. She grew up near Philadelphia and, unlike many of her contemporaries, developed a clear and easily understandable diction. Originally classified as a blues singer (and she could sing the blues almost on the level of a Bessie Smith), Waters' jazz-oriented recordings of 1921-1928 swung before that term was even coined. A star early on at theaters and nightclubs, Waters introduced such songs as "Dinah," "Am I Blue" (in a 1929 movie), and "Stormy Weather." She made a smooth transition from jazz singer of the 1920s to a pop music star of the '30s, and she was a strong influence on many vocalists including Mildred Bailey, Lee Wiley, and Connee Boswell. Waters spent the latter half of the 1930s touring with a group headed by her husband-trumpeter Eddie Mallory, and appeared on Broadway (Mamba's Daughter in 1939) and in the 1943 film Cabin in the Sky; in the latter she introduced "Taking a Chance on Love," "Good for Nothing Joe," and the title cut. In later years Waters was seen in nonmusical dramatic roles, and after 1960 she mostly confined her performances to religious work for the evangelist Billy Graham. The European Classics label has reissued all of Ethel Waters' prime recordings and they still sound fresh and lively today. ~ Scott Yanow
full bio

Selected Discography

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Track List: Greatest Years

Disc 1

1. Brother You've Got Me Wrong

2. Sweet Georgia Brown

3. Go Back Where You Stayed Last Night

4. You Can't Do What My Last Man Did

5. Sweet Man

6. Shake That Thing

7. I've Found A New Baby

8. Sugar, That Suar Baby O'Mine

9. Heebie Jeebies

10. My Special Friend Is Back In Town

11. Jersey Walk

12. Lonesome Swallow

13. Guess Who's In Town

14. My Handy Man

15. West End Blues

16. Organ Grinder Blues

Disc 2

1. My Baby Sure KNows How To Love

2. True Blue Lou

3. Waiting At The End Of The Road

4. Trav'lin All Alone

5. Porgy (1930 Columbia Version)

6. You Brought A New Kind Of Love To MeThree Little Words

7. Three Little Words

8. When Your Lover Has Gone

9. Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone

10. River, Stay 'Way From My Door

11. Love Is The Thing

12. Don't Blame Me

13. A Hundred Years From Today

14. I Just Couldn't Take It Baby

15. Come Up And See Me Sometime

16. You've Seen Harlem At It's Best

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Track List: Stormy Weather

1. His Eye Is On The Sparrow

2. Honey In The Honeycomb

3. Heat Wave

4. I've Found A New Baby

5. I Can't Give You Anything But Love

6. I Got Rhythm

7. I've Got A Right To Sing The Blues

8. Jeepers Creepers

10. Memories Of You

11. Miss Otis Regrets

12. Moonglow

13. My Baby Sure Knows How To Love

14. Old Man Harlem

15. Shine On Harvest Moon

16. Shoo Shoo Boogie Boo

17. Stormy Weather

18. Supper Time

21. True Blue Lou

22. West End Blues

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Track List: Moments

1. Shadows On The Swanee

2. True Blue Lou

3. His Eyes Is On The Sparrow

4. I Ain't Gonna Sin No More

5. Y'Had It Comin' To You

6. Get Up Off Your Knees

7. Do What You Did Last Night

8. You Can't Stop Me From Lovin' You

9. St. Louis Blues

10. I Can't Give You Anything But Love

11. Porgy

12. Trade Mark

13. Miss Otis Regrets

14. Moonglow

15. You're A Sweetheart

16. They Say

17. I'll Get Along Somehow

18. Georgia On My Mind

19. Trav'lin All Alone

20. Old Man Harlem

21. How Can I Face This Wearied World Alone?

22. Don't Blame Me

23. Love Is The Thing

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Track List: The Incomparable Ethel Waters

1. Heat Wave

2. I Just Couldn't Take It Baby

3. Harlem On My Mind

4. Hottentot Potentate

5. Stormy Weather (Keeps Rainin' All The Time)

6. Come Up And See Me Sometime

7. Shake That Thing

8. (What Did I Do To Be So) Black And Blue?

9. Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone

10. Maybe Not At All

11. Memories Of You

12. You Can't Stop Me From Loving You

13. You're Lucky To Me

14. Cabin In The Sky

15. Theif In The Night

16. Taking A Chance On Love

17. Honey In The Honeycomb

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Track List: Am I Blue

1. Heat Wave

2. Birmington Bertha

3. Candy Doll

4. Careless Love

5. Dinah

6. Am I Blue

7. Bread And Gravy

8. Did You Ever

9. Don't Blame Me

10. Happiness Is A Thing

11. I Got Rhythm

12. Jersey Walk

13. My Handy Man

14. Oh Daddy

15. One Man Nan

16. Shake That Thing

17. The New York Glide

18. Three Little Words

19. When It's Sleepy Time

20. Who Said Blackbirds Are Blue

21. Frankie And Johnny

22. Harlem On My Mind

23. At TheNew Jump

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Track List: Featuring Benny Goodman And Duke Ellington:1929-1939

1. Birmingham Bertha

2. Am I Blue?

3. True Blue Lou

4. Do I Know What I'm Doing?

5. Shoo Shoo Boogie Boo

6. Trav'lin All Alone

7. Porgy

8. (What Did I Do To Be So) Black And Blue?

9. Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone

10. You Can't Stop Me From Loving You

11. I Can't Give You Anything But Love

12. Porgy

13. Stormy Weather

14. Heat Wave

15. I Just Couldn't Take It Baby

16. A Hundred Years From Today

17. Come Up And See Me Sometime

18. I Ain't Gonna Sin No More

19. Trade Mark

20. Frankie And Johnny

21. Georgia On My Mind

22. Old Man Harlem

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Track List: Cabin In The Sky O.S.T.

15. Taking A Chance On Love

31. Taking A Chance On Love [Reprise]

32. Taking A Chance On Love [Full Reprise]

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Track List: Her Best Recordings (1921-1940)

1. There'll Be Some Changes Made

2. Ethel Sings 'Em

3. Sweet Georgia Brown

4. Dinah

5. Shake That Thing

6. I'm Coming Virginia

7. My Handy Man

8. West End Blues

9. Am I Blue

10. Memories Of You

11. You Can't Stop Me From Loving You

12. I Can't Give You Anything But Love

13. Porgy

14. Stormy Weather

15. Don't Blame Me

16. Heat Wave

17. Harlem On My Mind

18. Come Up And See Me Sometime

19. Miss Otis Regrets

20. Y' Had It Comin' To You

21. Bread And Gravy

22. Cabin In The Sky

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I use to listen to this amazing lady when I was a child & she sang in the Billy Graham crusades. I LOVE HER!!! His Eye Is On The Sparrow is one of all time favorites. I know the choir in heaven has got to be absolutely beautiful!!
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Beautiful lady inside & out. Fine actress & singer
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She is Way! Way! Way! ahead of my time! But Again! Her music! -Timeless!
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Her Eve was on the Sparrow all her life. Arguably one of the most caring, kind entertainers ever to come down the pike. She was truly one of a kind. How lucky we can still hear her voice and see her films. Truly one of the great ones. Rest in Peace Ms. Waters. You are missed.
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The Lady with the Heart of song! The Best!!!!!
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dave2650
I first saw Ethel Waters with the Billy Graham Crusades. Her music before she saw the light was much more interesting (IMO.)
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When i was child the last hour she sing , lot of nice songs
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beachgirls19 6 2 1
Wow wish could of seen that Tony
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tony89777
Over 40 years ago, I heard her sing Sparrow at a Billy Graham meeting... changed my life.
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beachgirls19 6 2 1
she was and is still great
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When I was 12 years old I picked up her bio, His Eye Is On The Sparrow, I read her book over and over. It was bliss whenever, I spied a drama show on the telly, with Ms Waters, I was and I am still glued to her, beautiful face and that voice... Nel
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Beautiful
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beachgirls19 6 2 1
love my ethel shes the greatest
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great song! she does it the best!! Love this version!
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where are the Ethel Waters fans ??????
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beachgirls19 6 2 1
soo much better then mae west
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beachgirls19 6 2 1
nobody does it better
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beachgirls19 6 2 1
What great woman
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carolaha06
I'm looking for Ethel Water's His Eye is on the Sparrow. Do you have that?
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Ethel Waters stage name was Sweet Mama String Bean :)
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pdllll
do you have any of her work done post 1960?

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