Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Tuesday Trunk Tidbitz

This is the second trunk that I am featuring in my Tuesday Trunk Tidbitz. The seller claims that it comes from the estate of Hildegarde Loretta Sell, a very popular singer of her time. Her life reads like a who's who of the the recording industry. Born in Adell, Wisconsin, she grew up in Milwaukee and was discovered by Irving Berlin. She was the first singer in the business who had a female manager, Anna Sosenko. Through her manager's guidance and influence, Hildegarde started from a simple farm girl into a one-name, designer gown-wearing, continental chanteuse. I guess she was the precursor of the likes of Madonna and Cher. She is considered as the very first international artist, lending her voice to performances in Paris and London, and even had King Gustov of Sweden fall in LV oe with her. She is considered as the first TV star of the 20th century. Eleanor Roosevelt dubbed her as the "First Lady of Supper Clubs and George and Ira Gershwin wrote songs about her. ("My Cousin from Milwaukee"). Her circle of friends included Cole Porter, Rogers and Hammerstein and Liberace to name a few. She wrote her autobiography: Over 50...So What! in the 1960's. She died at the age of 99 in a hospital in New York in 2005. Truly, a colorful lady who is considered by many as the 4th most prolific recording artist of our time. To sample her music, visit amazon.com and click here to know more about the auction. Ended at $3050.00

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