Ruth Etting had over 60 hit recordings between 1926 and 1937 – and I’ve added a new page to this site, detailing as many of those hit records as is possible, considering not all the charts from that era still survive.
If you know of a source to prove the peak chart positions of any songs that have been unintentionally excluded from the list, please contact me! I’d love to get ALL of her hit songs listed!
Billboard doesn’t have their entire database of charts online at this point – the 1920′s and 1930′s in particular seem to be missing. Ruth Etting’s listing currently states… “This artist hasn’t charted yet, but keep checking Billboard for the latest updates.” Maybe there’s hope that someday they’ll get their back-back-back catalog of charts online?
The Songwriter’s Hall of Fame has a partial list of Ruth Etting’s hits listed – but it’s just some of her top-ten chart toppers – so not a complete listing.
There are sometimes references to chart positions in vintage newspaper or magazine articles, and sometimes in books about the era, and I have no doubt that over time, as more of those references are cataloged, we’ll get a more accurate listing of Ruth Etting’s top hit songs.