Ruth Etting – biography
Biography of the Forgotten Star Ruth Etting
The Great Depression during the late-’20s/early-’30s period had a negative effect on all fields including economy and culture. Those were the tough times for creative-minded people looking for the slightest chance to get noticed.
On the other hand, the jazzy era gave a birth to some new genres. Pop music has changed a lot adopting some features from other styles. Those were the times when Ruth Etting was one of the most recognizable pop singers. She managed to stand out from some proven jazz stars like Annette Hanshaw though Ruth had quite a different path to the pop culture Olympus.
Etting was not only a successful singer boasting over 200 songs recorded during 1926 and 1937. She was also a successful actress making 35+ appearances in short movies in addition to her several roles in full-length films as well including the iconic Love Me or Leave Me movie. She was the voice of millions during the live radio broadcasting. Her name did not deserve to be forgotten. This is why we are going to revise some key facts form her biography.
Unlike other popular actors and singers, Ruth hands nothing in her childhood to define the future career. Hailing from Nebraska, she was born on November 1896. Ruth spent much time on her family’s farm. However, parents were forced to move to San Diego seeking a milder climate for Etting mother to cope with her disease.
Unfortunately, Ruth’s mother died soon after they moved to San Diego. A future pop star had nothing but to go back to their farm in Nebraska. The father was a bank teller. He was searching for better financial opportunities. That is why he left the family with Ruth’s grandparents. From that time, she did not actually have a chance to see or talk to him, as her father remarried as was mainly focused on his new family.
It was the grandfather, who actually took care of Ruth and shared his life experience. He taught the future actress to be smart because only smart people know how not only to earn but also save money. Ruth started singing in the local choir in the church. Later she said that her voice sounded terrible due to high squeaky soprano. The problem was there was no one to show a little girl how to use other ranges to sing in a different manner.
Moving to Gangsters’ Chicago
After working in the local department store, Ruth eventually moved to Chicago where she started her education in Chicago Academy of Finest Arts. Fashion design was her main specialization from the start. It looked like a pretty strange choice considering the way Chicago looked like during the early ’20s. The city of wins turned into the city of shades, hats, Tommy Guns, and gangsters, of course.
Chicago was famous for its clubs. The problem was that most of them were run by mobsters. It was sometimes very risky and dangerous for singers to work especially if someone worked in several clubs at the same time. For example, when a comedian or pianist wants to put a show in another club simply to earn for a living, it means he or she switched the mob as well. Gangsters would never forgive such a betrayal. Luckily for Ruth Etting, she came across Moe “The Gimp” Snyder who actually helped her get into show business.
The Beauty and the Gangster
Moe was a well-known gangster who had some connections with bosses around Chicago. He helped Ruth to start her career as a singer. It all resulted in Ruth’s first ever recording contract in collaboration with Columbia Records. The record had a success.
Listeners appreciated the way Etting presented typical love songs in her own unique manner. Ruth could make you think of romantic things at the times of black shades that covered Chicago and the rest of the country. After gaining success, Ruth could finally go back home and apologize for quitting school so early in favor of show business. She tool Moe to introduce him to the family as well.
Welcome to the Big Apple
In 1972, Ruth decided to move to New York where she got a chance to team up with Whiteman and his band. When she arrived, Ruth got a call from Broadway producers. Florenz Ziegfeld invited Etting to take part in a series of musical entertainment shows. However, it did not work out because of Ruth’s ankles.
Luckily for her, Ruth did not get a part in Broadway musicals He got parts in numerous movies instead. At the same time, she could boast a huge track record of sings featuring 200+ musical compositions in different genres. Ruth hit the stage with numerous jazz and other pop starts. She played in several full-length films and wrote several iconic songs that will never be forgotten. She died on September 24, 19758 on Colorado.