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Nora Bayes

voc, 1880-1928 US, Joliet, Illinois
Singer of Pop
A.k.a. Eleanor Goldberg

Popular American singer, comedienne and actress of the early 20th century. (October 8, 1880 – March 19, 1928) Born Eleanor "Dora" Goldberg, with Dora being a pet or nickname, to a Jewish family in Joliet, Illinois, Bayes was performing professionally in vaudeville in Chicago by age 18. She toured from San Francisco, California to New York City and became a star both on the vaudeville circuit and the Broadway stage. In 1908, she married singer-songwriter Jack Norworth. The two toured together and were credited for collaborating on a number of compositions, including the immensely popular "Shine On, Harvest Moon," which the pair debuted in Florenz Ziegfeld's Follies of 1908. Bayes made many phonograph records (some with Norworth) for the Victor and Columbia labels. From 1924 through 1928, her accompanist was pianist Louis Alter, who later composed the popular songs "Manhattan Serenade," "Nina Never Knew" and "Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans?". Bayes established her own theater, The Nora Bayes Theater, on West 44th Street in New York. She was portrayed by Ann Sheridan in the 1944 musical biopic Shine On, Harvest Moon, which focused on her relationship with Norworth, played by Dennis Morgan (4), and ignored her other husbands.

  • Pop
  • Blues
  • Spoken Word
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Title Artist Year Type
You Know You Belong To Somebody Else / DearestNora Bayes1923Album
Oh Sing-a-Loo / Sing Song ManNora Bayes1922Album
Kindness / All Over Nothing At AllNora Bayes1922Album
Homesick / To-Morrow (I'll Be In My Dixie Home Again)Nora Bayes1922Album
Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep / Make BelieveNora Bayes1921Album
Love Nights / I Could Have Had YouNora Bayes1921Album
Why Worry / Just Snap Your Fingers At CareNora Bayes1921Album
Cherie / When You're In, You're In, In IndianaNora Bayes1921Album
Broken Moon / In A Little Front ParlorNora Bayes1921Album
Singin' The Blues / The Broadway BluesNora Bayes1921Album
Patches / Without YouNora Bayes1920Album
You're Just As Beautiful At Sixty As You Were At Sweet Sixteen / The Japanese SandmanNora Bayes1920Album
Sally Green / The Argentines, The Portuguese And The GreeksNora Bayes1920Album
Prohibition Blues / Taxation BluesNora Bayes1920Album
When Yankee Doodle Sails Upon The Good Ship Home, Sweet Home / How'Ya Gonna Keep 'Em Down On The Farm?Nora Bayes1919Album
Jerry / In MiamiNora Bayes1919Album
Freckles / Ev'rybody Calls Me HoneyNora Bayes1919Album
You Can't Get Lovin' Where There Ain't Any Love / Mammy's Pickaninny Don't You CryNora Bayes1919Album
My Barney Lies Over The Ocean / Good-Bye FranceNora Bayes1919Album
Snoops, The Lawyer / Oh, How I Laugh When I Think That I Cried Over YouNora Bayes1919Album
Some Day They're Coming Home Again / I May Stay Away A Little LongerNora Bayes1918Album
Pull The Cork Out Of Erin / Daniel In The Lion's DenNora Bayes1917Album
Broken Doll / Please Keep Out Of My DreamsNora Bayes1917Album
(Good Bye And Luck Be With You) Laddie Boy / Over ThereNora Bayes1917Album
When John McCormack Sings A Song / Hicki HoyNora Bayes1917Album
For Dixie And Uncle Sam / Homesickness BluesNora Bayes1916Album
Has Anybody Here Seen Kelly?Nora Bayes1910Album
DaffydilsNora Bayes1910Album
What Good Is Water When You're Dry?Nora Bayes1910Album
Rosa RosettaNora Bayes - Jack Norworth1910Album
Turn Off Your Light, Mr. Moon ManNora Bayes - Jack NorworthAlbum
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