Dinah Shore Biography

Frances Rose Shore, 29 February 1916, Winchester, Tennessee, USA, d. 24 February 1994, Los Angeles, California, USA. One of her country’s most enduring all-round entertainers, Shore staked her first claim to fame while still at school, on Nashville radio. Further broadcasting and theatre engagements in New York soon followed. She recorded with Xaviar Cugat and Ben Bernie, and sang on some of Cugat’s early 40s hits, such as ‘The Breeze And I’, ‘Whatever Happened To You?’, ‘The Rhumba-Cardi’ and ‘Quiereme Mucho’, initially under the name Dinah Shaw. Shore was one of the first vocalists to break free from the big bands (she had been rejected at auditions for Benny Goodman and Tommy Dorsey) and become a star in her own right. She became extremely popular on radio, and made her solo recording debut in 1939. Her smoky, low-pitched voice was especially attractive on slow ballads, and from 1940-57 she had a string of some 80 US chart hits, including ‘Yes, My Darling Daughter’, ‘Jim’, ‘Blues In The Night’, ‘Skylark’, ‘You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To’, ‘Murder, He Says’, ‘Candy’, ‘Laughing On The Outside (Crying On The Inside)’, ‘All That Glitters Is Not Gold’, ‘Doin’ What Comes Natur’lly’, ‘You Keep Coming Back Like A Song’, ‘I Wish I Didn’t Love You So’, ‘You Do’, ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’ (with Buddy Clark), ‘Dear Hearts And Gentle People’, ‘My Heart Cries For You’, ‘A Penny A Kiss’, ‘Sweet Violets’, and number 1s with ‘I’ll Walk Alone’, ‘The Gypsy’, ‘Anniversary Song’ and ‘Buttons And Bows’.

She made a number of film appearances, including Thank Your Lucky Stars (1943), Up In Arms (1944), Follow The Boys (1944), Belle Of The Yukon (1945), Till The Clouds Roll By (1946) andAaron Slick From Punkin Crick (1952). She also lent her voice to two Walt Disney animated features, Make Mine Music (1946) and Fun And Fancy Free (1957), and was last seen on the big screen in the George Burns comedy Oh God! (1977), and Robert Altman’s quirky political satire H.E.A.L.T.H. (1979). In 1951 Shore began appearing regularly on television, making several spectaculars. Later, it was her continuing success on the small screen that brought about a career change when she became host on a highly rated daytime talk show, a role she maintained into the 80s. Her popularity on television barely declined throughout this period, and she won no less than 10 Emmys in all. The late 80s saw her performing on stage once more, though she returned to the television format for Conversation With Dinah, which ran from 1989-91. Shore succumbed to cancer in 1994.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.