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Jessica Dragonette

Known as early radio's "Star of Stars", the "Princess of Song", "Sweetheart of the Air" and "Queen of Radio", this diminutive soprano was one of the most popular voices in the early days of radio.

9 old time radio show recordings
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6 Audio CDs


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"Countess Maritza"



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About this Old Time Radio Show

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Jessica DragonetteShe was early radio's "Star of Stars", the "Princess of Song", "Sweetheart of the Air" and "Queen of Radio". Accolades like these sound like the work of an over-active public relations man. In the case of Jessica Dragonette, they are appropriate. The diminutive soprano was one of the most popular voices in the early days of radio.

Jessica's father was a construction engineer. She was born in Calcutta around 1900. She became an orphan at an early age and was raised in a convent. She later studied voice at the Georgian Court Convent and College at Lakewood, NJ. Jessica's records were lost in a fire at the orphanage, and there remained doubt as to her actual age.

Jessica DragonetteMiss Dragonette first sang on the radio in 1926. During her 22 years with NBC, she helped to popularize operetta and semi-classical music. From 1927 to 1930 she was the star of the Philco Show and was the featured soloist on the Cities Services Program for most of the thirties. In 1937, soprano Lucille Manners took over the Cities Services mike, and Jessica moved on to the final season of the Palmolive Beauty Box Theater.

Palmolive began sponsoring Beauty Box Theater in 1934 on NBC. For the 1937 season, the show was moved to CBS and reduced from an hour to a half hour. Even Miss Dragonette's talents were not enough to save it after cutting 30 minutes of music.

During the War, Jessica was tireless in entertaining the troops and soliciting War Bonds. The Army Air Corp made her an honorary Colonel for her efforts. She was also honored with a Pro Pontifice et Ecclesia Cross by Pope Pius VII.

In the mid-fifties, the Gottlieb Pinball Machine Company put Jessica on their payroll to help promote their Dragonette Pinball game. The machine had nothing to do with classical music or operetta, or even any music beyond the usual bells. Instead, the game was meant as a spoof on the cop show, Dragnet!

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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.



    9 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 5 hours, 20 min
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      9 shows - total playtime 5 hours 20 minutes
      1. Good News 391221 Jessica Dragonette.mp3
      2. Magic Key 351027 05 Navy Day.mp3
      3. Palmolive Beauty Box Theater 370127 099 Student Prince.mp3
      4. Palmolive Beauty Box Theater 370210 101 Countess Maritza.mp3
      5. Palmolive Beauty Box Theater 370414 110 Chocolate Soldier.mp3
      6. Palmolive Beauty Box Theater 370428 112 Lady In Ermine.mp3
      7. Palmolive Beauty Box Theater 370512 114 Eileen.mp3
      8. Palmolive Beauty Box Theater 370602 117 Only Girl.mp3
      9. Recollectat30 570220 35 Helen Hayesperry Comoal Jolson.mp3
  • MP3 downloads are available instantly after purchase!



    9 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    total playtime 5 hours, 20 min
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      9 shows - total playtime 5 hours 20 minutes
      1. Good News 391221 Jessica Dragonette.mp3
      2. Magic Key 351027 05 Navy Day.mp3
      3. Palmolive Beauty Box Theater 370127 099 Student Prince.mp3
      4. Palmolive Beauty Box Theater 370210 101 Countess Maritza.mp3
      5. Palmolive Beauty Box Theater 370414 110 Chocolate Soldier.mp3
      6. Palmolive Beauty Box Theater 370428 112 Lady In Ermine.mp3
      7. Palmolive Beauty Box Theater 370512 114 Eileen.mp3
      8. Palmolive Beauty Box Theater 370602 117 Only Girl.mp3
      9. Recollectat30 570220 35 Helen Hayesperry Comoal Jolson.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



    9 recordings on 6 Audio CDs
    total playtime 5 hours, 20 min

    Disc A001

    1. Magic Key 351027 05 Navy Day

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    Disc A002

    1. Palmolive Beauty Box Theater 370127 099 Student Prince
    2. Palmolive Beauty Box Theater 370210 101 Countess Maritza

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    Disc A003

    1. Palmolive Beauty Box Theater 370414 110 Chocolate Soldier
    2. Palmolive Beauty Box Theater 370428 112 Lady In Ermine

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    Disc A004

    1. Palmolive Beauty Box Theater 370512 114 Eileen
    2. Palmolive Beauty Box Theater 370602 117 Only Girl

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    Disc A005

    1. Good News 391221 Jessica Dragonette

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    Disc A006

    1. Recollectat30 570220 35 Helen Hayesperry Comoal Jolson

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