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Ethel Waters Collection

Opportunities for female African American singers were few and far between when Ethel Waters started, but a strong heart and an even stronger voice shattered many glass ceilings.

13 old time radio show recordings
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1 MP3 CD
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3 Audio CDs


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"Ethel Waters on Kraft Music Hall"



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About this Old Time Radio Show

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Born October 31, 1896, in Chester, Pennsylvania, her eighty year life was a turbulent one filled with low valleys and high peaks. In her autobiography, "His Eye is on the Sparrow," she frankly detailed the nastiness of her childhood and early struggles. Ethel Waters publicity still circa 1939vaudeville, radio, films and television.After many amateur night performances in Philadelphia Ethel's singing career began. Then she slowly moved into the Black theater route, where she was nicknamed as "Sweet Mama String bean."

To attain the lofty position she reached as a headliner, Ethel Waters must have been the pacesetter who unfastened all the theatrical doors which were, until then, closed to African American entertainers of her day. She strived long and hard to accomplish solo star standing in the white world of Broadway Theater, night clubs, vaudeville, radio, films and television.

She began recording in 1921 for the Black Swan label, continuing with that company through 1924. When she introduced "Dinah" at the famous Plantation Club (Broadway and 50th Street) in New York City in 1925, she met with such success that she was signed by Columbia Records, for whom she was to make many of her most famous recordings during the next decade. At the same time, she became the first black to star in a sponsored coast-to-coast old time radio show, accompanied by the Jimmy Dorsey orchestra.Please note these recordings are also available in the larger chronological Divas of Old Time Radio Collection.To attain the lofty position she reached as a headliner, Ethel Waters must have been the pacesetter who unfastened all the theatrical doors which were, until then, closed to African American entertainers of her day. She strived long and hard to accomplish solo star standing in the white world of Broadway Theater, night clubs,

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These classic recordings are available in the following formats:
  • MP3 CDs are delivered by mail. These archival quality MP3 CDs are playable in your computer and many MP3 player devices.



    13 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 3 hours, 27 min
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      13 shows - total playtime 3 hours 27 minutes
      1. Big Show 510318 Fred Allen Ella Ethel Waters.mp3
      2. 1923Black SwanEthel Waters Aint Goin Marry.mp3
      3. 1923Black SwanEthel Waters All The Time.mp3
      4. 1923Black SwanEthel Waters Down Home Blues.mp3
      5. 1923Black SwanEthel Waters EthelSingsEm.mp3
      6. 1923Black SwanEthel Waters IfYouDon'tThink.mp3
      7. 1923Black SwanEthel Waters Oh Daddy.mp3
      8. 1923Black SwanEthel Waters SweetManBlues.mp3
      9. 1923Black SwanEthel Waters YouCantDoWhatMyLastManDid.mp3
      10. Ethel Waters Birmingham Bertah.mp3
      11. Ethel Waters My Special Friend Is Back In Town.mp3
      12. 421009 Duke Ellington, Ethel Waters, Rochester.mp3
      13. KMH 410612 Guest Ethel Waters.mp3
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    13 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    total playtime 3 hours, 27 min
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    Click here to see disc contents


      13 shows - total playtime 3 hours 27 minutes
      1. Big Show 510318 Fred Allen Ella Ethel Waters.mp3
      2. 1923Black SwanEthel Waters Aint Goin Marry.mp3
      3. 1923Black SwanEthel Waters All The Time.mp3
      4. 1923Black SwanEthel Waters Down Home Blues.mp3
      5. 1923Black SwanEthel Waters EthelSingsEm.mp3
      6. 1923Black SwanEthel Waters IfYouDon'tThink.mp3
      7. 1923Black SwanEthel Waters Oh Daddy.mp3
      8. 1923Black SwanEthel Waters SweetManBlues.mp3
      9. 1923Black SwanEthel Waters YouCantDoWhatMyLastManDid.mp3
      10. Ethel Waters Birmingham Bertah.mp3
      11. Ethel Waters My Special Friend Is Back In Town.mp3
      12. 421009 Duke Ellington, Ethel Waters, Rochester.mp3
      13. KMH 410612 Guest Ethel Waters.mp3
  • Standard Audio CDs are delivered by mail on archival quality media with up to 60 minutes on each CD and play in all CD players



    13 recordings on 3 Audio CDs
    total playtime 1 hours, 59 min

    Disc A001

    1. 1923Black SwanEthel Waters Aint Goin Marry
    2. 1923Black SwanEthel Waters All The Time
    3. 1923Black SwanEthel Waters Down Home Blues
    4. 1923Black SwanEthel Waters EthelSingsEm
    5. 1923Black SwanEthel Waters IfYouDon'tThink
    6. 1923Black SwanEthel Waters Oh Daddy
    7. 1923Black SwanEthel Waters SweetManBlues
    8. 1923Black SwanEthel Waters YouCantDoWhatMyLastManDid
    9. Ethel Waters Birmingham Bertah
    10. Ethel Waters My Special Friend Is Back In Town

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    Disc A002

    1. KMH 410612 Guest Ethel Waters

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    Disc A003

    1. 421009 Duke Ellington, Ethel Waters, Rochester

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