Wendy Jane’s Weekend Sounds: Mabel Mercer – Once In A Blue Moon

10 Aug

Mabelmercer1As it often happens, I learned about artist Mabel Mercer via social media–this time a posting on Facebook.  The post came from Donald King, former founder/Executive Director of Providence Black Repertory Theater, and now co-founder/owner of Fete, a truly hip and gorgeous live music venue that according to its website is “dedicated to providing innovative music programming to an audience as diverse as New England itself.”

I learned a bit about Mabel Mercer via the website, The Mabel Mercer Foundation, which is dedicated to preserving the legacy of Mabel Mercer, as well as supporting the art of popular song and cabaret.   Ms. Mercer was born in 1900 in Staffordshire, England, and at 14 left her convent school to go with her aunt on tour of the vaudeville and music hall circuit in Britain and Europe.  After the tour, her career in song soon flourished.  She was held in the highest regard in Paris, and throughout much of Europe, and later in New York, where she held court in esteemed hotels like the St. Regis and the Carlyle.  Frank Sinatra was even known to have said that everything he knew about song phrasing he learned from Mabel.

Mabel Mercer was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom at the White House from President Reagan in 1983.  She passed away a year later on April 20, 1984.

So, without further ado, here is Mabel Mercer singing Once In A Blue Moon.

 

SOURCES:

 

www.mabelmercerfoundation.org

www.youtube.com, Mabel Mercer, Once In A Blue Moon, posted by MariaLauraIrene

 

Photo Credit:  www.en.wikipedia.org

2 Responses to “Wendy Jane’s Weekend Sounds: Mabel Mercer – Once In A Blue Moon”

  1. Sherry Gordon August 10, 2014 at 5:16 pm #

    Dear Wendy Jane,

    Hi, there, Wendy Jane! What a great and spectacular blog post article and contribution which you have made with this super blog post article, as well as your other marvelous ones! I had not heard of our Mabel Mercer. What a fantastic voice which she had! I felt so soothed and relaxed by her fabulous voice which was perfectly complemented by the superb instrumentation in the background! I have had yet more extraordinary music and singing to bless my Sunday afternoon from you and your special and superbly super website, Wendy Jane! This has just made my day, made my Sunday even brighter! I am so, so happy to have learned from you about our Mabel Mercer! I somehow had not heard of her before.

    I just so love and cherish your special love of us as black people and black music, entertainment, education, and black culture in general, Wendy Jane! This means so, so much to me and means the world to me, my white friend and sister who you are so, so very much, Wendy Jane! I cherish and value you, and I appreciate you so, so very much! Wendy Jane, you are so special and so cool and filled with Spirit and very soulful, too!

    Please have a very nice, special, relaxing, and a blessed Sunday my white sisterfriend who you are so, so very much, Wendy Jane! I loved our Mabel Mercer and her precious singing and the soulful music made me feel so serene and so relaxed! I am going to read even more of your fascinating archives as well, Wendy Jane!

    Very Warmly and Sincerely Always,

    Your lesbian black friend and sister, Sherry Gordon

    • Wendy Jane August 11, 2014 at 2:06 pm #

      Hi Sherry!

      I’m so glad that Mabel Mercer brought joy and relaxation to your Sunday. You and your support mean so much to me, too.

      Wendy Jane

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