by Ethel WatersEthel Waters


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Ethel Waters was one of the very few Black performers who was able to keep working in music during the early years of the Depression; in fact her fame grew during the period covered by this excellent CD from Classics' Complete series. Among her backup musicians on these consistently excellent sides are violinist Joe Venuti, the Dorsey Brothers, trumpeter Bunny Berigan, trombonist Jack Teagarden, clarinetist Benny Goodman members of the Chick Webb big band and the entire Duke Ellington orchestra (the latter on "I Can't Give You Anything but Love" and "Porgy"). Highpoints include the Ellington tracks, "St. Louis Blues" (with The Cecil Mack Choir), the original version of "Stormy Weather," "A Hundred Years from Today" and a remake of "Dinah." Highly recommended as are all of the Ethel Waters Classics discs.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/19/1996
Label: Melodie Jazz Classic
UPC: 3307517073525
catalogNumber: 735
Rank: 10602


  1. River, Stay 'way from My Door
  2. Shine on Harvest Moon
  3. I Can't Give You Anything But Love
  4. Porgy
  5. St. Louis Blues
  6. Stormy Weather
  7. Love Is the Thing
  8. Don't Blame Me
  9. Shadows on the Swanee
  10. Heat Wave
  11. Harlem on My Mind
  12. I Just Couldn't Take It, Baby
  13. A Hundred Years from Today
  14. Come up and See Me Sometime
  15. You've Seen Harlem at Its Best
  16. Miss Otis Regrets
  17. Dinah
  18. When It's Sleepy Time Down South
  19. Moonglow
  20. Give Me a Heart to Sing To
  21. I Ain't Gonna Sin No More
  22. Trade Mark
  23. You're Going to Leave the Old Home, Jim

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ethel Waters   Primary Artist,Vocals
Bunny Berigan   Trumpet
Benny Goodman   Clarinet,Piano,Violin,Tenor Saxophone,Viola
John Kirby   Bass
Gene Krupa   Drums
Jack Teagarden   Trombone
Joe Venuti   Guitar,Piano,Violin
Cootie Williams   Trumpet
Lawrence Brown   Trombone
Taft Jordan   Trumpet
Edgar Sampson   Violin,Alto Saxophone
Joe Sullivan   Piano
Charlie Teagarden   Trumpet
Artie Bernstein   Bass
Larry Binyon   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Shirley Clay   Trumpet
Jimmy Dorsey   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Tommy Dorsey   Guitar,Piano,Trombone,Violin,Drums
Duke Ellington   Piano
Walter Edelstein   Violin
Freddie Jenkins   Trumpet
Stan King   Drums
Manny Klein   Clarinet,Trombone,Trumpet
Chauncey Morehouse   Drums
Joe "Tricky Sam" Nanton   Trombone
Joe Steele   Piano
John Trueheart   Guitar
Arthur Whetsol   Trumpet
Elmer "Skippy" Williams   Tenor Saxophone
Sterling Bose   Trumpet
Dick McDonough   Guitar
Art Karle   Tenor Saxophone
Harry Hoffman   Violin
Fulton McGrath   Piano
Sandy Williams   Trombone
Lou Kosloff   Violin
Joe Meresco   Piano

Technical Credits

Duke Ellington   Director
David Raksin   Composer
Victor Young   Director
Sam M. Lewis   Composer
Anatol Schenker   Liner Notes
Joe Young   Composer
Harry Akst   Composer
F. Wess   Composer

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