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Carroll, Diahann

  • n86102661
  • Personne
  • 1935-07-17-2019-10-04

Diahann Carroll (1935-2019) was an American singer and actress. She was born in the Bronx and grew up in Harlem. She began singing at the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem at age six and soon started taking piano and voice lessons. In high school she began modeling for Ebony magazine and entering television contests. In 1954 she won “Chance of a Lifetime” three weeks in a row, winning $1000 each week and an engagement at a Manhattan nightclub called the Latin Quarter.

At age 19 she debuted on Broadway as Ottilie in House of Flowers, drawing the attention of Richard Rodgers. Later in 1962 she starred in Richard Rodgers’s No Strings, winning a Tony award. On Television she played the title role in Julia, which was the first show to depict a person of color not in a domestic role. She continued to perform widely in film and television until in the 1980s she starred in Dynasty, an ABC prime-time soap opera. In the 1990s she was the first African-American to play Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard.

In addition to her acting career she was a talented and active singer, recording numerous albums.

Besoyan, Rick

  • n85812823
  • Personne
  • 1924-07-2-1970-03-13

Richard Besoyan (July 2, 1924 – March 13, 1970) was a singer, actor, playwright, composer and director especially of operetta and musicals. He is best remembered for writing the successful satirical musical Little Mary Sunshine.

Astaire, Adele

  • n85030144
  • Personne
  • 1897-09-10-1981-01-25

Adele Astaire Douglass (born Adele Marie Austerlitz, later known as Lady Charles Cavendish; September 10, 1896 – January 25, 1981), was an American dancer, stage actress, and singer. After beginning work as a dancer and vaudeville performer at the age of nine, Astaire built a successful performance career with her younger brother, Fred Astaire.

Cahn, Sammy, 1913-1993

  • n82096094
  • Personne
  • 1913-06-18-1993-01-15

Samuel Cohen (June 18, 1913 – January 15, 1993), known professionally as Sammy Cahn, was an American lyricist, songwriter, and musician. He is best known for his romantic lyrics to films and Broadway songs, as well as stand-alone songs premiered by recording companies in the Greater Los Angeles Area. He and his collaborators had a series of hit recordings with Frank Sinatra during the singer's tenure at Capitol Records, but also enjoyed hits with Dean Martin, Doris Day and many others. He played the piano and violin, and won an Oscar four times for his songs, including the popular hit "Three Coins in the Fountain". Among his most enduring songs is "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!", cowritten with Jule Styne in 1945.

Cohn, Al

  • n 81071193
  • Personne
  • 1925-11-24-198802-15

Saxon, Joyce Mauer

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  • Personne
  • 1928-02-14 - 2015-11-16

Joyce Mauer was born in Chicago, Illinois to Bill and Cleo Mauer. At the age of five, a bout of tonsillitis spread to her eyes, damaging her vision. Childhood glaucoma caused additional damage to her vision and she became legally blind. Bedridden until the age of ten, Mauer began listening to music on the radio, especially swing, jazz, and classical. When she recovered her health, she began to play the piano. Her parents insisted that she hide her blindness and enrolled her in drama classes. As a teen she had some small parts on local radio. After high school, she began performing in local clubs around Chicago such as the Sherman House, Acorn on Oak, Danny's Hideaway, and Como Inn. She married and divorced Jack Reiling, then married Marty Saxon who managed her career. At 62, she began playing the piano at Nordstrom Department Store.

Sawicki, Richard D.

  • SF2018RSRK
  • Personne
  • 1927-2017

Richard Sawicki (1927-2017) was born in Ranshaw, Pennsylvania. He was Cole Porter’s physical therapist and a musician. He served in the US Army during World War II.

Grimes, Robert

  • SF2018RGRK
  • Personne
  • 1922-02-18 - 2011-10-08

Robert “Bob” Grimes (February 18, 1922 – October 8, 2011) was born one of six children in Longview, Texas. Grimes served the Army during World War II, and later worked as a salesman for Patrick & Co. Stationery Firm in San Francisco. Grimes adopted three children, and received several honors during his lifetime, including having a Bob Grimes Day dedicated to him in San Francisco and receiving a Certificate of Honor.

During his lifetime, Grimes amassed one of the largest sheet music collections in the United States. From his early teens, when he bought his first piece of sheet music, "All My Life" from the little-seen 1936 musical "Laughing Irish Eyes," Grimes was an avid collector. Not only did he collect sheet music, he also collected books and LPs.

Goodelle, Niela

  • SF2018NGRK
  • Personne
  • 1910-09-08 - 1988-05-26

Niela Goodelle Hartz (September 8, 1910 – May 26, 1988) was born Helen Goodelle in New York. In the 1920s, she worked as an accompanist for Burton Thatcher in exchange for vocal lessons. By the 1930s she was a budding Hollywood starlet, performing in Perfect Thirty Sixes, Rhythm of Paree, and Spring is Here. She was part of the touring production of Ziegfeld Follies of 1934. She is perhaps most famous for turning down a marriage proposal from Rudy Vallee in 1937.
In 1940, Goodelle retired at what was arguably the peak of her career and married Minton Hartz. She moved to Evansville, Indiana where she and Minton raised three children.

Sautter, Margaret Ann

  • SF2018MSRK
  • Personne
  • 1924-04-04 - 2009-12-27

Margaret taught for 35 years in the Detroit Public School System and was considered an excellent and dedicated teacher. In addition to giving her very best to her students, parents and colleagues, nothing gave her more pleasure than providing others with entertainment and happy memories through singing, skits and plays. She belonged to First Bethany United Church of Christ and was active in the choir and other church activities. She was also a lifetime member of Wayne State University Alumni Association and Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority, and a regular contributor to many worthwhile charities. After retiring from teaching, she moved to California in 1985 to take care of her brother, Morey, Jr.

Helford, Irwin

  • SF2018IHRK
  • Personne
  • 1934 -

Helford served as the Chairman of the Board of the Great American Songbook Foundation from 2007 - 2012.

Glenn, Albert "Al" Vincent

  • SF2018AGRK
  • Personne
  • 1912 - 2008

Albert “Al” Vincent Glenn (1912-2008) was born and raised in Brockton, MA. He had his own orchestra called the Hotel Van Ness Orchestra that played at the Hotel Van Ness in Burlington, Vermont on Lake Champlain for about eighteen months in 1934-35. He also played at other hotels and resorts on the east coast and wrote many of his own arrangements. He moved to Berkley, California where he attended the University of California. There, he played with orchestras including Pete Dragon & His Orchestra in Oakland, CA. While in Oakland, he changed his last name from Getchie to Glenn. He graduated in 1941 as an optometrist and married Katharine (Kay) Wilson (a Berkley native); they had one daughter, Gay-Leigh Ann. During World War II he was stationed at Letterman Hospital at the Presidio in San Francisco.

Deutsch, Didier C.,

  • LC97082686
  • Personne
  • 1937 -

Didier Deutsch is a French-born record producer who has produced more than 600 titles in fields as varied as pop, jazz, big bands, classical, soundtracks and Broadway shows. He was nominated for a Grammy in 1995 for his production of the 12-CD “Frank Sinatra: The Columbia Years (1943–1952) – The Complete Recordings,” and again in 2001 or the Columbia/Legacy 26-CD set, “Soundtrack For A Century.”
Deutsch was born in 1937 in Arcachon, France, and arrived in New York City in 1962. Initially after his arrival, he wrote professionally for a wide range of magazines and newspapers, including After Dark, Essence, and The New York Times, with a special emphasis on the theater, movies, and music. In 1973, following some years in public relations in the private sector, Deutsch became publicity director at CTI Records, the jazz label created by producer Creed Taylor. After that Deutsch held various publicity and managerial positions at Tappan Zee, RCA, WEA International, and Atlantic. During this time Deustch simultaneously began working for Legacy, the reissue label controlled by Columbia Records, now Sony Music.
Over the years, Deutsch has produced recordings by many artists signed to both Columbia and Epic (Tony Bennett, Johnny Mathis, Doris Day, Jerry Vale, Rosemary Clooney, Harry James, Benny Goodman, Louis Armstrong, etc.). On many of those, he wrote the liner notes that helped put these recordings into their proper historical perspective.
Among his many other achievements, Deutsch lists “The Great American Composers,” a 28-volume collection of the classic tunes written by the best Tin Pan Alley songwriters – Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Duke Ellington, Hoagy Carmichael, Rodgers and Hart, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Johnny Mercer, and the Gershwins, among many others, representing more than 800 selections, for Columbia House and “The Best Of Broadway,” a multi-volume series surveying the songs written for the stage and screen, for Time-Life.
In addition to his activities as a record producer, Deutsch continues to be a presence on Broadway, each season reviewing the new musical productions for the German publication “Musicals” and for the French-language “Opérette/Théâtre Musical.” A recognized theater critic, he has been covering the Broadway musical scene for more than 45 years.

Murphy, Rose

  • LC95034322
  • Personne
  • 1913 - 1989-11-16

Sandler & Young

  • LC95014379
  • Collectivité
  • 1963 - 1982

Singing duo Sandler & Young performed internationally from 1963-1982.

Sherman, Joe

  • LC94075463
  • Personne
  • 1926-09-25 -
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