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Ella Logan


Scottish-born actress/singer Ella Logan achieved her biggest renown playing an Irishwoman, Sharon McLonergan, and singing “How Are Things in Glocca Morra?” within the Broadway musical Finian’s Rainbow in 1947. Before that, nevertheless, she got spent three years executing on-stage, in radio and saving studios, and on film models. Logan was created Ella Allan right into a theatrical family members in Glasgow, Scotland, on March 6, 1913. She produced her stage debut at age three on the Grand Movie theater in Paisley, Scotland, performing “THE FINISH of an ideal Day.” Through the 1920s, she fascinated attention being a music group vocalist, appearing in Britain and planing a trip to Germany and Holland. In 1929, she was ensemble in Open up Your Eye, a musical with music by Vernon Duke that opened up in Edinburgh, but shut before it might proceed to London. However, Logan herself surely got to London the next 12 months. She produced her documenting debut there, soon before her 17th birthday, on Feb 26, 1930, providing because the vocalist for the Jack port Hylton Orchestra around the tunes “Moanin’ Low” and “Can’t We Become Friends?” documented for HMV Information. She produced her first edges under her personal name in Apr, recording two tunes from your English version from the Folies Bergerie revue De La Folie Pure, “Keep Your Eyeglasses With Bottoms Up,” and “Larger and MUCH BETTER THAN Ever.” Also in 1930, she produced her Western End stage debut within the musical Darling! I REALLY LIKE You. Logan relocated to the U.S. in the first 1930s, getting with her her youthful niece, Annabelle McCauley Allan Brief, who continued to surface in the Our Gang film comedies among various other child jobs and, changing her name to Annie Ross, to become observed jazz vocalist as a grown-up. Logan worked being a vocalist for various rings; in 1933 and 1934, she documented with Abe Lyman’s California Orchestra, with Adrian’s Ramblers, led by Adrian Rollini. She produced her Broadway debut within the musical revue Contacting All Superstars, which opened up Dec 13, 1934, and went for 36 shows, shutting on January 12, 1935. She proved helpful in radio, after that got a film contract and visited Hollywood, where she made an appearance in some motion pictures in just a season: Traveling Hostess (Dec 1936), The surface of the City (March 1937), Girl Chases Man (June 1937), and 52nd Road (Oct 1937). Her following part emerged in The Goldwyn Follies, the film that George Gershwin was composing tracks when he passed away of a human brain tumor on July 11, 1937. The music as well as the film had been finished after Gershwin’s loss of life, and in expectation of its discharge in Feb 1938, Logan documented a program for Brunswick Information on Dec 30, 1937, that included the Gershwin tracks “I USED TO BE Doing FINE” and “Like Is Here to remain” from your film, in addition to “Oh Dear! SO WHAT CAN the Matter Become?” and “Jingle (Bingle) Bells.” The second option two tunes had been paired about the same, and “Oh Dear! SO WHAT CAN the Matter Become?” became popular in Feb 1938. This resulted in further Brunswick documenting sessions and additional strikes during 1938: “My Bonnie Lays Over the Sea” in August; “Arrive at the Good” in Oct; and “Two Sleepy People,” a duet using the song’s composer, Hoagy Carmichael, in November. Logan came back to Broadway within the musical revue George White’s Scandals, which opened up on August 29, 1939, and went 120 performances, shutting December 9. The initial Broadway cast recording had not turn into a well-known medium however, but on Sept 26, Logan documented four from the show’s tunes for Columbia Information, which had ingested Brunswick: “HAVE YOU BEEN Havin’ Any Fun?” “Waikiki,” “Goodnight, My Gorgeous,” and “Something I Dreamed YESTERDAY EVENING.” While employed in nightclubs, she continuing to do documenting periods for Columbia frequently over the following 2 yrs, including one which paired her using the Spirits of Tempo on a edition of “It’s quite a distance to Tipperary.” In nov 1940, she was section of a musical designed for Broadway known as Hello there Ya, Gentlemen that shut out of city in Hartford, CT. The show’s co-librettist was Fred Finklehoffe, whom Logan would continue to marry in 1942. The relationship would last 12 years and create a daughter; it could result in divorce in 1954. Logan been successful in time for Broadway in Sons o’ Fun, a revue starring the humor group of Olsen and Johnson that opened up Dec 1, 1941, and went 742 performances, shutting August 9, 1943. She didn’t stick with the display that long, nevertheless. On Sept 16, 1942, she relocated to some other Broadway revue, Display Time, made by Finklehoffe, whom she wedded seven days later. It went 342 shows, until Apr 3, 1943. Because the tide changed toward the Allies in Globe Battle II and it became easy for entertainers to go to visit the soldiers, Logan became a member of the USO and visited Africa and Italy to sing for the enlisted males. Her Columbia Information agreement having lapsed, she documented an recording at her personal expense supported by Frank DeVol and His Orchestra in 1945; it had been issued from the small Majestic Information label and experienced little distribution. Normally, she managed her nightclub profession until she was solid in Finian’s Rainbow, a musical dream and politics satire with lyrics by E.Con. Harburg (who co-wrote the libretto with Fred Saidy) and music by Burton Street. Logan starred because the daughter of the Irishman who, having taken a container of gold, involves America trailed from the leprechaun from whom he stole it. She sang the lion’s talk about from the show’s music: “How Are Factors in Glocca Morra?,” “Turn to the Rainbow,” “Aged Devil Moon,” “Something Type of Grandish,” “If THIS IS NOT Like,” “(That) Great Come-and-Get-It Time,” and “Once the Idle Poor End up being the Idle Full.” Starting on Broadway January 10, 1947, the present went 725 performances, shutting on Oct 2, 1948. Columbia Information issued the initial Broadway cast record, which Logan dominated. Regardless of the achievement of Finian’s Rainbow, Logan didn’t go back to the Broadway stage once again. In the 1950s, she became a high worldwide nightclub performer, showing up within the U.S. at such best venues because the Copacabana as well as the Waldorf-Astoria in NY in addition to in London and Paris. She also made an appearance on tv. In 1954, she was solid in a suggested animated film version of Finian’s Rainbow and re-recorded the rating with Frank Sinatra, amongst others. However the film was canceled, as well as the recordings didn’t see a genuine release before appearance from the package arranged Sinatra in Hollywood 1940-1964 in 2002. She documented the show’s tunes for another amount of time in 1954 for the LP Finian’s Rainbow released by Capitol Information in 1955, the next of her two single albums. IN-MAY 1956, she made an appearance in London with Louis Armstrong and His All-Stars. She continuing to operate occasionally in night clubs, on tv, and in theatrical share productions, in to the 1960s. She passed away of cancers at age group 56 on, may 1, 1969.

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Full Name Ella Logan
Date Of Birth March 6, 1913
Died May 1, 1969, Burlingame, California, United States
Profession Actor, Singer
Nationality British, American
Spouse Fred F. Finklehoffe
Awards Grammy Hall of Fame
Music Songs How Are Things in Glocca Morra?, Old Devil Moon, Look to the Rainbow, Love Is Here to Stay, If This Isn't Love, Oh Dear! What Can The Matter Be?, Finian's Rainbow: Old Devil Moon, My Bonnie Lies Over The Ocean, By The Old Oak Tree, Something Sort of Grandish, Adios Muchachos, Hold Your Glasses With Bottoms Up, Doin' the Uptown Lowdown, There's A Small Hotel, The Blue Bells of Scotland, When I'm Not Near the Girl I Love, Come To The Fair, Give My Regards To Broadway, Something I Dreamed Last Night, The Begat, Book At My Bedside, Two Sleepy People, I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles, It's a Long Long Way to Tipperary, Are You Havin' Any Fun, She Walked Right Up And Took My Man Away, 'Way Back Home, I'm Still At Your Beck And Call, Whispering Out Of The South, That Old Feeling, Follow A Star, Frankie and Johnnie Blues
Albums Swingin' Scots Lassie, Lane: Finian's Rainbow / Loewe: Brigadoon (Original Broadway Cast) (1947), Ella Logan Sings Favorites from "Finian's Rainbow", Finian's Rainbow, The Begat, From Glasgow To Broadway, Famous Hits by Ella Logan
Movies The Goldwyn Follies, 52nd Street, Top of the Town, Flying Hostess

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1 Began as a child star in music halls and performed at London's West End by the age of seventeen. Moved to the United States in the early 30's and became an even bigger star on Broadway (beginning with the 1939 edition of "George White's Scandals"). She also sang with various big bands of the period, including those led by Abe Lyman and Adrian Rollini. Logan eventually reached the peak of her popularity on the international nightclub circuit.
2 Best known for her rendition of "How Are Things in Glocca Morra?" and "Old Devil Moon" in the Broadway musical 'Finian's Rainbow' in 1947.
3 In the "Twilight Zone" episode '"Fever"' (1960), the name of Ella Logan appears on the marquee a Las Vegas nightclub.
4 Aunt of chanteuse/actress Annie Ross and James Logan.
5 Singer/actress.



The Red Skelton Hour 1954 TV Series Guest Vocalist
The Goldwyn Follies 1938 Glory Wood
52nd Street 1937 Betty
Woman Chases Man 1937 Judy
Top of the Town 1937 Dorine MacTavish
Flying Hostess 1936 Edna Mulcahy



The Goldwyn Follies 1938 performer: "I Was Doing All Right" 1937 - uncredited



The World Premiere of 'Finian's Rainbow' 1968 Short Herself
The Sammy Davis, Jr. Show 1966 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Jack Paar Tonight Show 1958-1960 TV Series Herself
The Big Record 1957 TV Series Herself - guest
The Saturday Night Revue with Jack Carter 1951 TV Series Herself
Showtime, U.S.A. 1950 TV Series Herself
The Colgate Comedy Hour 1950 TV Series Herself - Singer
Ford Star Revue 1950 TV Series Herself
The Ed Wynn Show 1950 TV Series Herself
Texaco Star Theatre 1948-1949 TV Series Herself / Herself - Singer / Actress
Cavalcade of Stars 1949 TV Series Herself
Screen Snapshots Series 21, No. 1 1941 Short Herself

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