|Birth: ||Oct. 18, 1901|
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA
|Death: ||Mar. 14, 1985|
New York, USA
"The life and musical career of Annette Hanshaw"
Monica Raney & Amy Land
Intro to Music: Tuesday 6:00 p.m. March 2, 2004
Annette Hanshaw. "The early years"
• Born in Manhattan on October 18, 1901. Annette came from a well to do family. Aunt Nellie McCoy and Cousin Bob "Uke" Hanshaw were well-known vaudeville performers. Her father Frank ran away to join circus but returned. Her family owned their own music store where she demo'ed sheet music. She sang for guest at hotels owned by her father.
• Started her singing career at the age of sixteen, when she would sing at society birthday parties in Greenwich, Round Hill, and Westchester Estates for money.
• Her first commercial recordings "Black Bottom" and "Six feet of Papa" were made in New York on September 12th and September 18th of 1926.
• Annette wanted to be a painter; the only education she had after high school was when she spent a year at the National Academy of Design.
Annette Hanshaw "The Life and Musical Career"
• Annette Hanshaw was a female jazz singer in the twenties and thirties; she never really liked performing in front of people. She recorded under the names, Gay Ellis, Dot Dare, and Patsy Young. She was most famous for her impersonations of Betty Boop. She preferred to sing alone and only appeared on two records "Say it isn't so" and "Happy days are here again" with someone else.
• It was recorded that between her singing and radio career Annette recorded over 780 songs.
• Annette Hanshaw married Herman Rose in 1929. She preferred a quiet life; she never really wanted to be a musician, and did not like her voice.
• Annette Hanshaw was a radio star as well as a musician; her first appearance on the radio was in 1929, although she had previsaly done her first commercial in 1926. In 1932 she started a two-year run on the show "Captain Henry's Maxwell House Show Boat" on NBC Radio. The show was the biggest production conceived for radio. Annette played Helen Morgan; this is what she is known mostly for doing.
• Annette Hanshaw was known as the "Personality Girl." She is most famous for using the line "that's all" after her recordings.
• Annette Hanshaw's favorite singers were Marion Harris, Sophie Tucker, and Blossom Seeley.
• At the age of twenty-four Annette quit singing, her last recordings were made February 3. 1934 but her actual last song was recorded on "The Chevrolet Musical Moments Revue" on December 6, 1937. She later appeared on the Canadian Broadcast Company radio show in the 1970's.
• Annette's husband Herman Rose died in 1954, and later she married Herb Kurtin. Annette died on March 14, 1985 in Hartsdale, New York.
Annette Hanshaw "Impact on music"
• Annette never had the desire to be a better musician, if she had, then she might have been more famous. She never won any awards, and most people do not know who she is but that does not mean she was not a remarkable singer. Annette Hanshaw's voice was like the voice of and angel. She is not known as a famous artist, and to her the most important aspects were her family and being a housewife. Annette is a unique and remarkable artist because she had a gift from god, but instead of sharing it with the world she choose to stay with her family and take care of them.
• Annette is most famous for her work on the radio shows "Captain Henry's Maxwell House Show Boat" and her line "that's all" after her recordings. She had fourteen records during her eleven-year career.
Ferncliff Cemetery and Mausoleum
New York, USA
Created by: Ginny M
Record added: May 23, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 111062834
Added: Jul. 28, 2014