Today is the birthday of Beatrice Kay (1907-1986) best known for repopularizing songs of the Gay 90s long after the fact. She got her start in vaudeville, radio, and Billy Rose’s Diamond Horseshoe, along with other night clubs. She appeared in the occasional motion picture but night clubs and radio were her real meat and potatoes. And records — like this one:
To find out more about the history of vaudeville, consult No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous, available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and wherever nutty books are sold.