Von De Leath
GIRL ION FAME BYCROONING OVER RADIOS Vaugh De Leath Unique Among Singers On National Broadcasting Broadcasting Chains. STARTED HIGHER Began As Lyric Soprano And Found Voice Registered Registered Best In Lower Ranges. By ISRAEL KLEIN NEA Service Writer New York, May 9—When Leonore Elizabeth von der Lieth was 12, back in her early school days at Riverside, Riverside, Cal., she became so inspired inspired by the daily salute to the ilag that she sat down one day and wrote a song. "Old Glory," a patriotic hymn. Jay back in the coffers of her memory, unsung, unpublished, for nearly a score of years. A year ago the sponsors of a program in which Vaughn de Leath crooned favorite negro melodies and sympathetic ballads wanted her to prepare a special hour for July 4. v "I've got it," she said. Thert half reproaching herself for being so rash, but going through with the idea nevertheless, she added, "I've a song I wrote when a little girl. A song to the flag. 'Old Glory.' I'll sing it for you." "Old Glory" was sung, it made a hit, and ever since then Vaughn de Leath, of the slow, dragging, crooning voice, has been called upon to repeat her first musical success. Is a Composer Packed closely in four drawers of a filing cabinet, in the kitchen of her apartment on West 55th street, only a block from the National Broadcasting Company's studios, are copies of between 300 and 400 songs which carry the name of Vaughn de Leath as their composer and author. Among these are songs she wrote with Irving Berlin, one of them in particular—"Drowsy Head" —a nation-wide hit. Among them also are numerous mountain ballads, ballads, pieces she composed under the name of Annabelle Lee. And there are others attributed to Leonore Leith and tj Aim Hampton—all, however, Vaughn de Leath. Leonore Elizabeth von der Lleth, of course, is her real" name. That is, her maiden name. She has been married a little over six years to Livingston Geer, an artist and painter. So you might take your choice of quite a variety of names, and attract her attention each time. Leaning close and almost affectionately affectionately toward the cold, cylindrical cylindrical microphone, Vaughn de -Leath moves her lips and sends her crooning crooning voice into it, hardly heard by the few onlookers in the studio. Fut that's all she needs to convey lo the fans back home a type of singing that has made her famous. RADIO STAR AND HUSBAND Vaushn de Leatb, famous radio star, is shown at right with her husband, Livingston Geer, artist, in the garden of their home at Westport, Connecticut. At left, an artist's sketch of Vaughn de Leath. Her full round face carries a smile fans to feel, through my voice, the that Is accentuated by the deep-set ^dimple in her chin. Her black hair, slicked backward, and her dark eyes, serve as striking contrast in a pic- ture'which is finished neatly by the long dangling earrings that she is so fond of wearing. Rather stout, Vaughn de Leath sterns to fit her crooning to her appearance. But while she has long accepted her physical state as such, she has never been able to get used to crooning—Vaughn de Leath, who perhaps is a pioneer in the crooning art. When she first decided to sing that way, back in the early days when radio was wireless, and only amateurs listened lo her programs, she didn't think of it as crooning. It was merely an octave range in the lower register, for her. But someone came along with that descriptive descriptive expression, and there you have it. "I • started as a lyric soprano," she says, "and had a range of three octaves. But I listened to my own records a great deal and \ dls- cc-vered that my voice seemed to register best only in the lower range. So I concentrated on that alone, and the result has been a sort of one-octave contralto—a crooning." Sitting alongside her on a comfortable comfortable divan in the studio-parlor of her New York apartment, you seem to feel that here might be the makings of a new comedienne —another Marie Dressier or Sophie Tucker, a crooning comic who might be to radio what the "other two have been to the stage and the movies. There is a naturally humorous humorous expression on her face, anc there are constant quips on her li Yet Vaughn de Leath rftill is serious. serious. She confesses it the moment anyone talks to her,about her. work. "I don't want just to entertain,' 1 she remarks wistfully. "I want my or/ von der Lleth, or Mrs. Geer, as you prefer, responds, "Mr. Geer Isn't just one of these sissy artists. He's a regular he-man. He likes to go home to Westport and chop wood, and hoe the garden, and I like to help him with the garden •too. "For, you know," she adds, "that garden of flowers and shrubs is developed from seeds sent to me fay fans in every state of the union." NAVAL RESERVISTS PLAN ANNUAL CRUISE "Xnd don't forget," Miss de Leath, unity of mankind that my music might convey to them. I want to make t people forget their worries and S their little wranglings and I want to give them a message that will help them go on living happily and successfully." And she goes" on to tell of the despondent girl who had been on ;he verge of culclde when she heard Vaughn de Leath's voice through the loud speaker. The crooning melody averted a tragedy. It's the same old story, but Vaughn has letters that* praise and thank her for just such benevolences through her singing. Her fan mall proves it "Original Radio Girl" One letter she prizes is dated January January 4, 1920. It recalls the days when she was the first woman to broadcast on the air, as early as 1919, when she had to climb three flights of rickety spiral stairs and sing into an old phonograph horn in a dingy tower room. Later she graduated to the more spacious, but long antiquated, studios of WJZ on VE2nd street, and now she has the freedom and advantages of a more scientifically appointed studio in the NBC building. "The Original Radio Girl," she calls herself, and most radio artists concede that title to her. "Of course," she reminds you, "I was also on the stage, and I'm still busy composing music. I was in tlje stage show of 'Laugh, Clown, Laugh' with Lionel Barrymore." "But we like now to go back to uur home near Westport, Conn.," her husband intervenes, "where we have a colorful old house on a seven-acre seven-acre tract, or to our little log, According to Miss F. Barry, secre- San Diego, Cal., May 9,—July 5 has been set as the date for the annual 15-day cruise, of naval reservists reservists of San Diego, with Puget Sound ports as their objective. Destroyer division 37, comprising six boats will be included in the annual midsummer training of the reservists. Los Angeles division will embark at San Pedro on the destroyers, Broome, Hovey arid Long. San Diego divisions will embark on the Chandler and Southard and the Santa Barbara division will utilize the U. S. S. Alden. The destroyers will arrive at the Puget Sound navy yard for refueling on July 8, July 10 to 13, enroute to and at Victoria and Vancouver. July 14, depart for home ports. WOMEN FIGHT BAN London — Several restaurants here which have banned women without escorts are in for a boycotting boycotting from the looks of the activity displayed by several -women clubs. cabin on a ten-acre plot nearby. There Vaughn likes to go back to her collection of earrings—and sht has a marvelous collection of them —or to-her cooking, which is her second hobby. "She hires a cook and learns all his recipes, or she gives him some of her own recipes. She always likes to putter around in her kitchen." tary of St. Joan's Social and Political Political Alliance, all tte leading women's women's organizations to the country country have agreed to join in removing this ban. Every time people kiss, a doctor says, they shorten their lives by two minutes. And judging from some of the'closeups we have seen on the screen it is a wonder why come movie folk don't drop dead.