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SMITH, ETHEL (1902-96)

Price: $50.00


American organist who played primarily in a pop or Latin style on the Hammond organ. She had a long recording career and appeared in many films.

ISP – Inscribed Signed Photo: 5”x7” b/w matte finish. Issued by MGM during the height of her film career.

Smith performed in several Hollywood films: Scandals, (1946) Melody Time (1948). In these appearances she was known for her colorful, elaborate costumes, especially hats. She was married to actor Ralph Bellamy from 1945-47. Her rendition of “Tico Tico” became her best-known hit.  She also performed in MGM’s Bathing Beauty, after which her recording reached the US pop charts in November 1944, peaked at #14 in January 1945 and sold nearly two million copies worldwide. She recorded 27 LPs in her lengthy career.

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