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Frances Langford sings Cole Porter - Easy To Love, 1936

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Published on Apr 3, 2008

Frances Newbern LANGFORD (b. 1913, Lakeland, Florida -- d. 2005, Jensen Beach, Florida) was an American singer and entertainer popular during the Golden Age of Radio and also made film appearances over two decades. She trained as an opera singer. While a young girl she required surgery on her throat, and as a result, she was forced to change her vocal style to a more contemporary big band style. While singing for radio during the early 1930s, she was heard by Rudy Vallee, who invited her to become a regular on his radio show. From 1935 until 1938 she was a regular guest in Dick Powell's radio show. With her film debut in Every Night at Eight (1935) she introduced what became her signature song: "I'm In The Mood for Love". She then began appearing in films such as Broadway Melody of 1936 (1935), Born to Dance (1936) and Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) with James Cagney, in which she performed the popular song "Over There." From 1941 she worked on Bob Hope's radio show and during WWII she performed with Hope's entertaining programs for the Army.




Her first husband (1934) was Jon Hall. Twenty years later she married Outboard Marine Corporation President Ralph Evinrude. They lived on her estate in Jensen Beach, Florida and opened a resort they named The Outrigger, where Langford frequently performed. He died in 1986, in 1994 she married Harold Stuart, who had been an assistant secretary of the United States Air Force under President Harry Truman.

Recording:
Frances Langford (vocal), Jimmy Dorsey & His Orch. - Easy To Love (Cole Porter), Decca 1936

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