Ethel Waters in Chester County - early 20th Century

from His Eye Is On the Sparrow, page 13:

There was one emotional outlet my people always had when they had the blues. That was singing. I'd listen, fascinated by the stories told in the songs. Later, when I sang those same old songs, both folk songs and popular numbers, on the stage or on the radio, they gained nationwide attention. In 1949, when I appeared on the Tex and Jinx program, I sang some of those songs, humming the parts where I didn't remember the lines. I got letters from people all over the country who sent me the words I'd forgotten. They'd remembered the old songs all those years and kept them in their minds like …   more >>
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Charles Samuels and Ethel Waters, His Eye Is On the Sparrow (1950), p. 13. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1427369712730 accessed: 17 May, 2022

location of experience: Chester County

Listeners

Ethel Waters
dancer, Singing
1896-1977

Experience Information

Date/Time early 20th Century
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others

Originally submitted by Gill on Thu, 26 Mar 2015 11:35:12 +0000