BELLE BAKER was an American singer and actress who died in her sixties in 1957. She appeared on Broadway, on radio and television, and in nightclubs and films. Well known as The Ragtime Singer in the early 1920s, she took part in a Baltimore song competition with Catherine Calvert, the Hamilton Sisters and Jessie Fordyce. She was the first artist to record “All of Me,” one of the most recorded songs of its era and she was also the first person in the United States to do a radio broadcast from a moving train.
In 1925, fellow vaudevillian Sophie Tucker gave Baker a song that had been sent to her for consideration – “My Yiddishe Mama.” The song was a blatant tearjerker, but was immensely popular and became Baker’s signature song. In 1926, Baker had a title role in Broadway’s Betsy. She introduced Irving Berlin’s “Blue Skies” in the Forez Ziegfeld production, which ran 39 performances in 1926 and 1927.
Baker was a member of the Deborah Jewish Consumptive Relief Society, Hebrew Convalescent Home, Hebrew Home of the Aged of Harlem, Home of the Daughters of Jacob, Beth Abraham Home for Incurables, Hebrew Orphan Home and Temple Beth El and served on the council of the American Federation of Actors and the Jewish Theatrical Guild of America.
Offering a 6 pp, 9 x 12, song sheet for “I’m alone because I love you,” signed “Always Belle Baker.”
Cover rebound with archival tape. Chip to top left and bottom right corner. Would frame nicely.
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