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Lena Corinne Taylor, 30 November 1897, Portland, Oregon, USA, d. 16 December 1954, New York, USA. A popular singer of the 20s and 30s, Morse sang a wide range of music in a pleasingly jazzy manner. Raised in rural Idaho, she married Elmer Morse in 1915 and after the birth of a son, began singing at local venues. In 1920 she sang on a show at the Democratic Convention in San Francisco where she was spotted by a producer of musical comedies. She left her husband and followed a career as a singer, mainly in vaudeville, first appearing on Broadway in 1923. A year later she began recording for Pathé Perfect Records including sides with her Blue Grass Boys, on which she also played kazoo. Her popularity at this time was such that four 1926 sides, on which Red Nichols and, probably, Miff Mole appear, were released under her name even though she neither sings nor plays on them. These tracks were reissued by Broadway International Records on Real Rare Red, Vol. 2. A...