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Lee Morse
Leo Donnelly
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Vitaphone Production Reel #1004. See more »

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My Gal Sal
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Written by Paul Dresser
Performed by Lee Morse in the rehearsal room with piano accompaniment
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the melodious voice of Lee Morse
12 April 2009 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Lee Morse had the most exquisite and unusual voice of any female singer. She possessed an extremely powerful voice, despite being 5' tall and weighing under 100 pounds. The story is she developed her deep vocals by imitating her many brothers!!! Her years of great popularity spanned the early 20s to the early 30s. Unfortunately she was an alcoholic and that cost her the lead role in Ziegfeld's "Simple Simon" (1930). She showed up drunk for a last minute rehearsal, she was sacked and Ruth Etting was a last minute replacement. The song Ruth was given

  • "Ten Cents a Dance" became her signature tune. Lee's career never


really recovered. She was extremely shy and drank to rid herself of stage fright. She was also very beautiful and it is a pity that she only appeared in three short films, all released in 1930.

"The Mack Music Co. - where murdering a song is no offence!!!". Lee Donnelly plays a pushy manager and June Clayworth an untalented singer, but it is just an excuse to showcase Lee Morse in a couple of songs to show her different singing styles. "Mail Man Blues" was her signature tune and shows off her distinctive yodelling style. She is shown sitting in front of a little hut with her guitar (which she often used as accompaniment). "In the Middle of the Night" is a beautiful ballad that she first recorded in 1926.

Highly Recommended to see a rare glimpse of a unique vocalist.


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