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Ethel Waters was one of the most popular African-American singers and actresses of the 1920s: Video

31.10. – Happy Birthday !!! She moved to New York in 1919 after touring in vaudeville shows as a singer and a dancer. She made her recording debut in 1921 on Cardinal records with “The New York Glide” and “At the New Jump Steady Ball”, but switched over to African-American owned Black Swan label, and recorded “Down Home Blues” and “Oh Daddy” the first Blues numbers for that company.

She frequently sang with Fletcher Henderson during the early 1920s, but by the mid-1920s Waters had became more of a pop singer. She performed in a number of musical revues throughout the rest of the decade and appeared a couple of films, including “Check and Double Check” with Amos ‘n’ Andy and Duke Ellington. By the end of the 1930s she was a big star on Broadway. In 1949, she was nominated for an Oscar for best supporting actress in the film “Pinky”, and the next year she won the New York Drama Critics Award for best actress. Waters got religion in the late Fifties and performed and toured with evangelist Billy Graham until her death in 1977.

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