Original Radio Girl Won Fame With Crooning Voice

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MIAMI NE.WS-RECORD I 'Original Radio Girl' Won Fame With Crooning Voice Vaughn de Leath, famous radio star,.is shown at right with her husband, Livingston Geor, artist, in the garden of their home at Wcstport, Connecticut. At left, an artist's sketch of Vaughn de Leath. "She hires a cook and leavns all his recipes, or she gives • him some of her own recipes. She always always likes to putter around in her kitchen." "And don't forget," Miss do Leath -or von der Lieth, 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 witli the garden, too. "For, you know," she adds, "that garden of flowers and shrubs is developed from seeds sent to me by fans in ever state of the • By ISRAEL KLEIN ~ NEA Service Writer NEW YORK, May 13 — When Leonore Elizabeth von der Leith was 12, back in her early school days at Riverside, Cal., she became so inspired by the daily salute to the flag that she sat down one day and wrote a song. "Old Glory 1 ' a patriotic hymn, lay back in the coffers of her memory, unsung, unpublished, for nearly a score of years.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 sympathetic ballads wanted her to prepare a special hour for July 4. "I've got it," she said. Then, 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 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- particular- "Drowsy Head" —a na- or it always So tion-wide hit. Among them also are numerous mountain ballads, pieces she composed under the name of Annabelle Lee. And there are others Attributed to Leonora Lieth and to Ann Hampton—all, however, Vaughn de Leath. Leonora Elizabeth von der Lieth, of course, is her real name. That it, hpr maiden name. She has been married a little over six years to Livingston Goer, 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 voice into it, hardly heard by the few onlookers in the stu,dio. ; But that's all she needs to convey to the fans back home a type of singing that has made her famous. Her full round face carries a smile 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 picture which is finished finished neatly by the long dangling earrings that she is so fond of wearing. Rather stout, Vaughn de Leath seems 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 do Leatlt, who perhaps is a pioneer pioneer in the crooning art. When she first decided to sing that way, back in the early days when radio was wireless, and only aiViateiirs listened to her programs, programs, she didn't think of it as crooning. It was merely an octave range in the lower register, foi her. But someone came along with that -descriptive expression and there you have it. "I started as a lyric soprano,' she says, "and had a range, o 1 three octaves. But I listened U my own records a great deal am 1 discovered that my voice seemei to register best only in the lowe: ran.src. So 1 concentrated on tha iiliine. and the result has been a sort of one-octave contralto—a crooning." "1 lind that the microphone si-ems to accept Lin.- crooning range much more easily than the despondent girl wup had been on the verge of suicide when she heard Vaughn de Leath's voice through the loud speaker. The crooning melody averted . a tragedy. tragedy. It's the same old story, but Vaughn has letters that praise and thank her for just such benevolences benevolences through her singing. Her fan mail proves it. "Original Radio Girl" One letter she prizes is dated January 4, 1920. It recalls the days when she was the first woman woman to broadcast on the air, as early as 1919, when she had to climb three flights of rickety spiral spiral stair s and sing into'an old phonograph phonograph horn in a dingy tower room. Later she graduated to the more spacious, but long antiquated, antiquated, studio s of WJZ on 42nd 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 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 tho stage show of 'Laugh, Clown, Laugh, with Lionel Barrymore." Barrymore." "But we like now to go back to our home near Westport, Conn.," her husband intervenes, "where we have a colorful old house on a seven-acre tract, or to our little log cabin on a ten-acre plot nearby. nearby. There Vaughn likes to go back to her collection of earrings —and she has a marvelous collection collection of them—or to her cooking, which is her second hobby. HUD AC HE? Why suffer when, relief is prompt and harmless: Millions of people have learned to depend on Bayer Aspirin to relieve a sudden headache. They know it ease? the pain so quickly. And that it is so harmless. Genuine Bayer Aspirin nevci harms the heart. Look for the Bayei Cross stamped on every tablet. We wil your free- safe ! —Car Washing —Electric Service —Greasing- Firestone —Vulcanizing Tires 123 South Main Miami, Okla. higher notes, so I'm sticking . to th.it," fitting alongside, lu'r on a comfortable comfortable divan in the. studio-parlor -if her New York apartment, you sei-ni U< fiH'l that here might be. Uii> makings of a new comedienne — another Marie Dressier or So- pliio Tiu-ker, •'< crooning comic who might lie to radio what the other two have been to the stage ;-.-i.t the movies. There is a naturally naturally humorous expression on her face, ami there arc constant quips on her lip.-'. Yd .Vi.ughn do Leath still is .serious. Sin' confesses it the moment moment anvone talks to tier about her work. "I lU.n't want just to entertain," slic! remarks wistfully. "I want my fan.' to feel, through my voice, the unity of mankind that niV iirasic might Convey to them. I want to make people forget their worries and their little wranglings, and I want to give them a messnge that will help them go on living happily and successfully." And she goes on to tell of the, Over the Sea to You! WOVEN SANDALS Direct from Europel From busy craftsmen in far-away Czecho-Slovakia come these gay sandals . . . the favorite summer footwear of so many smart women. 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  1. Miami Daily News-Record,
  2. 13 May 1930, Tue,
  3. Page 10

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