Here is a classic song performed by the legendary Mabel Mercer.
Frank Sinatra once said: "Everything I know, I learned from Mabel Mercer." Mabel Mercer has been called a living testament to the artfulness of American song, and a legend if there ever was one. Her talent, her elegance and her unique way with a lyric have gathered a devoted following all over the world. Her special style has influenced some of America's most famous performers, earning her the reputation of a singer's singer. Miss Mercer's career has spanned more than 60 years. With her incomparable talent she has helped shape and enrich American music.
Mabel Mercer (born Mabel Wadham, 1900 – 1984) was an English-born cabaret singer who performed in the United States, Britain, and Europe with the greats in jazz and cabaret. She was a featured performer at Chez Bricktop in Paris, owned by the legendary hostess Bricktop, and performed in such clubs as Le Ruban Bleu, Tony's, the RSVP, the Carlyle, the St. Regis Hotel, and eventually her own room, the Byline Club. Among those who frequently attended Mercer's shows was Frank Sinatra, who made no secret of his emulating her phrasing and story-telling techniques. She had become the toast of Paris by the 1930's, with admirers who included Ernest Hemingway, Gertrude Stein, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Cole Porter, and the Prince of Wales. When World War II broke out, she traveled to America to sing in the finest supper clubs in New York City. She also made many concert appearances across the U.S. In the late 1960's, she gave two legendary concerts with Bobby Short at Town Hall in New York City. When Mercer returned on July 4. 1977 for her first performance in England in 41 years, the BBC filmed three evenings' performances and later broadcast it in a week-long late-night television program, a BBC first for an entertainer. In 1978, "Midnight at Mabel Mercer's", her 1956 album on Atlantic, was praised as "one of the best recordings of the past twenty years" by Stereo Review. That same year, Mercer played at San Francisco's Club Mocambo to sold-out audiences, in celebration of her 78th birthday. In January 1981, she was honored by the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York with "An American Cabaret", the only musical event of its kind at that point in the museum's history. Mercer received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America’s highest civilian medal, in 1983. She was awarded Stereo Review Magazine's first Award for Merit, for her lifetime achievement and for "outstanding contributions to the quality of American musical life". This award was officially renamed the Mabel Mercer Award in 1984. She also received two honorary Doctor of Music degrees: one from Boston's Berklee College of Music, the other from the New England Conservatory of Music. In 1985, The Mabel Mercer Foundation was established. This not-for-profit arts organization was formed to keep Mercer's memory alive, and to contribute to the art of cabaret performing by supporting artists and providing information resources. Its international activities include the debut of the London Cabaret Convention in 2004. The Foundation produced the Noel Coward's 100th birthday celebration at Carnegie Hall, and has a Young Person's Series to introduce young people to "The Great American Songbook" of popular classics.
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