Author Archives: Cheryl Spelts

The Star Machine and the Queen of the Musical Short

Released on January 6, 2009 by Vintage Books, The Star Machine by Jeanine Basinger features a short passage on why Ruth Etting didn’t become as big a star in Hollywood as she was on radio and records, and on Broadway. … Continue reading

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New Castle News / Wednesday, March 20, 1929

Penn Screen Metropolitan Presentations EDDIE CANTOR In That Party In Person And It’s Some Party RUTH ETTING In Blue Songs New Castle News / Wednesday, March 20, 1929

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Lawrence Journal-World | Ruth Etting And Myrl Alderman Are Wed As Trial Of Her Ex-husband for Shooting Goes On

Ruth Etting And Myrl Alderman Are Wed As Trial Of Her Ex-husband for Shooting Goes On Los Angeles, Dec. 14. (AP) – The trial of Martin (Col. Gimp) Snyder proceeded today while the two principal witnesses against him took time … Continue reading

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New York Times Crossword Puzzle

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15. Doris Day film with the song "Ten Cents a Dance" : LOVE ME OR LEAVE ME

Yet another fun little mention… This time in the New York Times crossword puzzle, from March 13, 2013. Across 15. Doris Day film with the song “Ten Cents a Dance” : LOVE ME OR LEAVE ME Ruth Etting wasn’t mentioned … Continue reading

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Clara Bow and Ruth Etting, on the same marquee?

Clara Bow and Ruth Etting, on the same marquee? It appears that Hollywood’s “It Girl” and “America’s Sweetheart of Song” made for an interesting evening at the landmark Chicago Theatre, back in March of 1928. Ruth, fresh off a run … Continue reading

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Love a mystery…

If you read the previous posts, it will become clear that I love a good mystery… When it comes to old photos that is! And it’s a good thing, because with vintage photos, all too often no one at the … Continue reading

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Ruth Etting as a Brinkley Girl!

Isn’t this drawing fun?! It’s by a very famous illustrator, Nell Brinkley, and shows the cast of the 1931 Ziegfeld Follies, including Ruth Etting. Ruth is dressed as a cigarette girl – one of her songs in that show was … Continue reading

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VIDEO | ‘Deed I Do, 1926

This video/slideshow has been on YouTube since 2009, but it’s new to me – and it has a LOT of really great images of Ruth Etting. There’s even a shot of Ruth I’ve never seen before, in a hat with … Continue reading

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Ruth Etting’s “Ten Cents a Dance,” a 2011 inductee to National Recording Registry

Ruth Etting rarely makes the news these days. In fact, it’s safe to say she hasn’t made the news on a regular basis since about 1955, when the movie of her life, Love Me or Leave Me, starring Doris Day … Continue reading

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Punk Rock Cover of a Ruth Etting Song by NOFX

In 1996 NOFX released a punk rock cover of a Ruth Etting song on their album, 45 or 46 Songs That Weren’t Good Enough to Go on Our Other Records and it’s kind of fun. It’s not a bit like … Continue reading

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