Ethel Waters in New York - 1924

from His Eye Is On the Sparrow, page 184:

After I finished my own songs Harry Akst and Joe Howard asked if I'd try a new one they'd written. And they sang it themselves for me, doing it fast and corny. "Is that the way you want me to sing it?" I asked. Akst and Howard looked at each other. "Why not sing it your own way?" they said. "Take it home. Work it over, kid, then come back and let us hear your version." Now I've always had a strict rule about this. I'll do any new number the way I'm asked to sing it. But once you say, "Do it your way, kid," I sing it my way and won't try any other style that is second-guessed on…   more >>
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Charles Samuels and Ethel Waters, His Eye Is On the Sparrow (1950), p. 184. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1430310981888 accessed: 27 September, 2021

location of experience: New York

Listeners

Ethel Waters
dancer, Singing
1896-1977

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popular song performed by Harry Akst, Joe Howard

Experience Information

Date/Time 1924
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors

Originally submitted by Gill on Wed, 29 Apr 2015 13:36:22 +0100
Approved on Fri, 25 Sep 2015 20:51:52 +0100