PE0120. MABEL MERCER: Previously Unreleased Live Performances, incl. After you, who?; When the world was young; Lazy afternoon; More I cannot wish you; Ev’ry time we say goodbye; Merely marvelous; etc. Harbinger 2001. Long out-of-print, Final Sealed Copy! - 632433200124
“Mabel Mercer (3 February 1900 – 20 April 1984) was an English-born cabaret singer who performed in the United States, Britain, and Europe with the greats in jazz and cabaret. She was a featured performer at Chez Bricktop in Paris, owned by the hostess Bricktop, and performed in such clubs as Le Ruban Bleu, Tony's, the RSVP, the Carlyle, the St. Regis Hotel, and eventually her own room, the Byline Club. Among those who frequently attended Mercer's shows was Frank Sinatra, who made no secret of his emulating her phrasing and story-telling techniques.
Mabel Mercer was born on 3 February 1900 in Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire, England. Her mother was a young, white English music hall performer, and her father was a black American musician who died before she was born. At the age of 14, she left her convent school in Manchester, and toured Britain and Europe with her aunt in vaudeville and music hall engagements. Her precise vocal styling was believed to be the result of diction training while a student at the convent.
In 1928, she was an unknown member of the black chorus in the London production of SHOW BOAT, but she had become the toast of Paris by the 1930s, with admirers who included Ernest Hemingway, Gertrude Stein, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Cole Porter.
When World War II broke out, she travelled to America to sing in the finest supper clubs in New York City. Her recording career began in 1942, with an album of selections from PORGY AND BESS on the elite Liberty Music Shops label, featuring piano accompaniment by Cy Walter. Over the following decades, Mercer made many concert appearances across the U.S. In the late 1960s, she gave two concerts with Bobby Short at Town Hall in New York City. Both were released by Atlantic Records: Mabel Mercer & Bobby Short at Town Hall, in 1968, (Atlantic SD 2-604) and Mabel Mercer & Bobby Short Second Town Hall Concert, in 1969 (Atlantic SD 2-605). In 1969, she made two appearances on the television program MISTER ROGERS' NEIGHBORHOOD.
Her original and reissued albums are collector's items. Atlantic Records reissued four of her early LPs in a boxed set in 1975, in honor of her 75th birthday. She was awarded STEREO REVIEW Magazine's first Award for Merit, for her lifetime achievement and for ‘outstanding contributions to the quality of American musical life’. This award was officially renamed the Mabel Mercer Award in 1984.”