Midnight At Mabel's - The Mabel Mercer Story

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Cheney (Tesla: A Man Out of Time) here chronicles biracial cabaret singer Mercer (1900-84) in a breezy style. Spanning her early years in England, her years as a rising teenage star in Paris at Bricktop's Club, and her efforts to break the color barrier in New York from 1940 on, this work delves into Mercer's complicated personal lifeDher marriage to musician Kelsey Pharr, long-time relationship with manager Harry Beard, and search for the father she never knew. Her social life was just as twisted: she mingled with the Duke and Duchess of Windsor but had to tolerate racial slurs from New York City taxi drivers. Mercer was a strong influence on singers such as Frank Sinatra and received accolades such as the National Medal of Freedom but, sadly, is less remembered today. James Haskins's Mabel Mercer: A Life (Welcome Rain, 2000. reprint), which shares with Cheney's work a variety of stories and quotes, is a more matter-of-fact alternative. Cheney's work is recommended for libraries collecting 20th-century popular music or black studies that do not own Haskins's volume.DBarry Zaslow, Miami Univ. Libs, Oxford, OH
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Margaret Cheney has brought to life again the great cafe singer. Glory hallelujah! -- Bobby Short

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