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Monday, January 17, 2011

From Glasgow to Glocca Morra...a wee list of Ella Logan tunes...(this one's for you, Jim B.)

Ella Logan

Ella Logan (March 6, 1913 - May 1, 1969) was a Scottish-born actress and singer, who appeared on Broadway, recorded and had a nightclub career in the United States and internationally.

She was born as Georgina Allan in Glasgow, where she was raised. She began performing under the name Ella Allan as a child.

She went on to become a band singer in music halls. At the age of 17 in 1930, she made her debut in the West End of London in Darling! I Love You. She toured Europe in the early 1930s. Logan eventually emigrated to the U.S. and began to sing at various clubs and to record jazz on the British Columbia label (part of EMI).

She then appeared in several Hollywood films, including Flying Hostess (1936), 52nd Street (1937) and The Goldwyn Follies (1938). She appeared in several Broadway shows in the 1930s and early '40s but travelled to Europe and then Africa during World War II to entertain the troops. She also appeared on The Ed Wynn Show and The Colgate Comedy Hour in the 1940s and 1950s.

Logan returned to Broadway as Sharon McLonergan in the original production of Finian's Rainbow, singing the show's most famous song, How Are Things in Glocca Morra? but did not return to Broadway after that. In 1954, she was cast in a proposed animated film adaptation of Finian's Rainbow and re-recorded the score with Frank Sinatra, among others. But the film was canceled, and the recordings were not released until the 2002 box set Sinatra in Hollywood 1940-1964. She recorded the show's songs for a second time in 1954 for the LP Finian's Rainbow released by Capitol Records in 1955, the second of her two solo albums.
In the 1950s, she became an international nightclub performer, appearing at such venues as the Copacabana and the Waldorf-Astoria in New York as well as in London and Paris. She also appeared on television. In May 1956, she appeared in London with Louis Armstrong and His All-Stars. She continued to work occasionally in clubs, on television, and in theatrical stock productions, into the 1960s.

She was married to Fred Finklehoffe, a playwright and producer, from 1942 until the marriage dissolved in either 1954 or 1956. They had no children. Her niece is the actress/chanteuse Annie Ross (born as Annabelle McCauley Allan Short) and her nephews were Jimmy Logan, a Scottish TV star, and Allan Kemble, a Comedy Unicycle entertainer who was an international headline attraction on the continent and in world cabaret and stage venues.

Ella Logan died of cancer in Burlingame, California, aged 56.

Just a small list, tonight, folks.....none of her later stuff......but a few good ones, here :)

All of a sudden (4 April 1945  Mail Call radio show extract)
Blue bells of Scotland w/ The Perry Botkin Orch.
By the old oak tree w/ Al Bowlly
Come to the fair
Doin' the uptown lowdown w/ Abe Lyman and his Orch.
Frankie and Johnny blues w/ Al Bowlly
I wish I were twins
I'm an unemployed sweetheart w/ Ambrose and his Orch.
I'm through with love w/ Ambrose and his Orch. v=Ella, Sam Browne
It's a long long way to Tipperary
Jingle bingle bells w/ Bill Hardy Orch.
My bonnie lies over the ocean
Oh, dear, what can the matter be
Shoo the hoodoo away w/ Ambrose and his Orch. v=Ella, Sam Browne
There's a small hotel
There's nae luck about the house
Two sleepy people w/ Hoagy Carmichael


  1. Me again, back after a while away.
    This damned entry is exactly why I have to avoid blogs like yours. 8<) I get hung up researching the presented artist, then all the nifty little links. If I don't get out of here right away, I'll be here all morning.


  2. Your on a roll Barb....great stuff!

  3. I wish I had more of her earlier stuff :)

  4. If you don't have it.... here is From Glasgow to Broadway from my CD 320k. Thanks for all you've shared.

  5. OMG!! Thank You!!!! Love it!! I was looking for that!! :)

  6. Hi Barbarella, thanks for this. Ella certainly has an incredible, enchanting voice. I actually own an original of the picture closest to the bottom, signed "Aye yours, Ella Logan". She was one of a kind, as that "Glasgow to Broadway" CD will attest.

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