|Genres:||Comedy Movies Musicals & The Arts Television Vocals|
|Tags:||swing jazz 1920s music hall all big band 20s male vocalists 30s|
|Decades:||1980s 1990s 2000s|
Edward Israel Iskowitz, 31 January 1892, New York City, New York, USA, d. 10 October 1964, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA. An extremely popular comedian, singer and dancer who was prominent in several areas of showbusiness from the 20s through to the 50s. Cantors performances were highly animated, seeing him jumping up and down, with hands gesticulating and his eyes popping and swivelling, giving rise to his nickname Banjo Eyes. The son of Russian immigrants, Cantor was orphaned at an early age and reared by his grandmother. He sang on street corners before joining composer Gus Edwards group of youngsters, and appearing in blackface for Kid Cabaret in 1912. George Jessel, another big star of the future, was in the same troupe. Cantor became a top performer in vaudeville before breaking into Broadway in Florenz Ziegfelds Midnight Frolics (1916), leading to starring roles in the Ziegfeld Follies 1917-19. In the latter show,...