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Cleona Jones, Marcia's Maid
Appeared (as "Petunia Jackson") in "Cabin in the Sky" on broadway
. Musical fantasy. Music by Vernon Duke
. Book by Lynn Root
(based on his story "Little Joe"). Lyrics by John La Touche
. Vocal arrangements by Hugh Martin. Musical Director: Max Meth. Music orchestrated by Domenico Savino
, Charles Cook, Fod Livingston and Nathan ...
Did You Know?
I just let singing out the way it comes to me. Once the orchestra gets used to letting themselves go, everything works out fine. The song is really the main thing, the song and the way you sing it.
Performed for the first time at the age of five in a children's church program; given the first chance to sing on an amateur night at a Philadelphia club on her 15th birthday and was hired on the spot and billed as "Sweet Mama Stringbean"; and made her vaudeville debut
in 1917 at the Lincoln Theater in Baltimore, Maryland.
Sweet Mama Stringbean