Mabel Mercer Similar Artists

Lee Wiley - 47% match to Mabel Mercer

Genres: Jazz Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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9 October 1915, Fort Gibson, Oklahoma, USA, d. 11 December 1975, New York City, New York, USA. While still in her early teens, Wiley left home to begin a career singing with the Leo Reisman band. Her career was interrupted when, following a fall while horse-riding, she suffered temporary blindness. She recovered her sight and at the age of 19 was back with Reisman again. She Read more

Bobby Short - 42% match to Mabel Mercer

Genres: Jazz Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Robert Waltrip Short, 15 September 1924, Danville, Illinois, USA, d. 21 March 2005, New York, USA. A self-taught pianist, Short worked in vaudeville as a child and sang in clubs and on radio in Chicago, operating under the nickname of ‘the Miniature King of Swing’. In mid-1937 he went to New York where he played and sang for audiences unprepared for smart-suited so Read more

Connee Boswell - 42% match to Mabel Mercer

Genres: Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1990s 2000s
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3 December 1907, Kansas City, Missouri, USA, d. 11 October 1976, New York City, New York, USA. An outstanding singer with enormous but often uncredited influence, Boswell claimed to have been inspired by singers as diverse as Bessie Smith and Enrico Caruso. According to outside sources, Connee and her sisters, Martha and Helvetia, were both influenced and encouraged by the N Read more

Bernadette Peters - 41% match to Mabel Mercer

Genres: Soundtracks Vocals
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Bernadette Lazzara, 28 February 1948, Ozone Park, Queens, New York City, New York, USA. Often called ‘the finest singing actress since Barbra Streisand’, Bernadette Peters is certainly one of the few leading ladies of the last decade or so whose name on a Broadway marquee can cause box-office queues to form before the show has gone into previews. She was tap-dancin Read more

Barbara Cook - 38% match to Mabel Mercer

Genres: Easy Listening Holiday & Seasonal Soundtracks Vocals
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Sylvia Syms - 38% match to Mabel Mercer

Genres: Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Sylvia Blagman, 2 December 1917, Brooklyn, USA, d. 10 May 1992, New York City, New York, USA. One of America’s most distinguished cabaret and jazz singers with a profound appreciation of lyrics, Syms overcame polio as a child, and in her teens discovered the delights of jazz in the clubs of New York’s 52nd Street. Inspired and informally trained by Billie Holiday, Read more

Mary Martin - 34% match to Mabel Mercer

Genres: Soundtracks Vocals
Decades Active: 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Mary Virginia Martin, 1 December 1913, Weatherford, Texas, USA, d. 3 November 1990, Rancho Mirage, California, USA. A legendary star of the Broadway musical theatre during the 40s and 50s, and one of its most charming, vivacious and best-loved performers. Her father was a lawyer, and her mother a violin teacher. She took dancing and singing lessons from an early age, married Read more

Ruth Etting - 32% match to Mabel Mercer

Genres: Soundtracks Vocals
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23 November 1896, David City, Nebraska, USA, d. 24 September 1978, Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA. This famous torch singer sang on radio and in Chicago nightclubs before making her Broadway debut in Ziegfeld Follies Of 1927 in which she made a tremendous impact with ‘Shaking The Blues Away’. In her next show, Whoopee! (1928), she introduced ‘Love Me Or Leave Read more

Elaine Stritch - 29% match to Mabel Mercer

Genres: Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 2000s
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2 February 1925, Detroit, Michigan, USA. An inimitable actress and singer with a magnetic appeal, who has combined a career in the musical theatre with another in drama, films and on television. Stritch has been called caustic, sardonic, witty, tough, and much else besides. She is said to have sung for the first time on stage in the Long Island revue The Shape Of Things!, in Read more

June Christy - 29% match to Mabel Mercer

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Jazz Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Shirley Luster, 20 November 1925, Springfield, Illinois, USA, d. 21 June 1990, Sherman Oaks, California, USA. Christy first came to prominence with the bands of Boyd Raeburn and Stan Kenton, although her chirpy singing style sometimes sat oddly with the earnestly progressive experiments of her employers. Her bright, bubbling personality glowed through her performances and s Read more

Peggy Lee - 28% match to Mabel Mercer

Genres: Big Band & Swing Easy Listening Holiday & Seasonal Jazz Pop / Rock Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Norma Deloris Egstrom, 26 May 1920, Jamestown, North Dakota, USA, d. 21 January 2002, California, USA. Peggy Lee was of Scandinavian descent, her grandparents being Swedish and Norwegian immigrants. She endured a difficult childhood and her mother died when she was four; when her father remarried she experienced a decidedly unpleasant relationship with her stepmother. Her fa Read more

Jo Stafford - 27% match to Mabel Mercer

Genres: Easy Listening Holiday & Seasonal Jazz Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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12 November 1920, Coalinga, near Fresno, California, USA. Although the birth date above is the one that has been accepted for some time, the alternative year of 1917 is given in the booklet accompanying the 1991 CD in the Capitol Records Collectors Series.One of the most popular female singers of the 40s and 50s, while still at high school Stafford st Read more

Ethel Merman - 25% match to Mabel Mercer

Genres: Soundtracks Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Ethel Agnes Zimmermann, 16 January 1909, Astoria, New York, USA, d. 15 February 1984, New York, USA. One of the most celebrated ladies of the Broadway musical stage, a dynamic entertainer, with a loud, brash, theatrical singing style, flawless diction, and extravagant manner, who usually played a gutsy lady with a heart of gold. Merman worked first as a secretary, then sang Read more

Shlomo Carlebach - 25% match to Mabel Mercer

Genres: Folk World Music
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Rosemary Clooney - 23% match to Mabel Mercer

Genres: Easy Listening Holiday & Seasonal Jazz Vocals World Music
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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23 May 1928, Maysville, Kentucky, USA, d. 29 June 2002, Beverly Hills, California, USA. Although her heyday was back in the 50s, this popular singer and actress remained close to the peak of her powers well into the 90s. Rosemary and her sister Betty sang at political rallies in support of their paternal grandfather. When Rosemary was 13 the Clooney children moved to Cincinn Read more


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