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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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Ten Cents A Dance

Words by Lorenz Hart and Music by Richard Rodgers (1930) I work at the Palace Ballroom, but, gee that Palace is cheap; when I get back to my chilly hall room I’m much to tired to sleep I’m one of … Continue reading

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Notes from Joel Harris

Joel Harris is a fan of Miss Etting, and he sent me the following notes… Ten Cents A Dance As you probably know, this song was written by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart in 1930 for the Florenz Ziegfeld musical … Continue reading

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Simple Simon


After the success of Whoopee! with Eddie Cantor, Ruth Etting once again found herself in a hit show staring an avowed clown. According to musicalheaven.com, “This show was built around Ed Wynn, on the theory that three solid hours of The … Continue reading

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Love Me Or Leave Me by Ruth Etting, is a GRAMMY Hall Of Fame 2005 Inductee!

On February 8, 2005 the Recording Academy announced the newest additions to its GRAMMY Hall Of Fame, and Ruth Etting’s “Love Me Or Leave Me”, Columbia (1928), was one of 20 recordings added to a timeless list that now includes … Continue reading

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