Jazz History Quiz #61 — The “White Christmas” vocal dub

December 15th, 2014

The correct answer is Martha Mears!


(Biography from Wikipedia)

Martha Mears was a radio and film singer, active from the 1930s to 1950s. She sang on such programs as The Colgate House Party, The Old Gold Program, The General Foods Show, Bob Ripley, Joe Penner, Phillip Morris, Radio Rodeo, and the Dr. Pepper 10-2-4 Ranch program, with the Sons of the Pioneers.

She was also the singing voice of many film actresses, notably singing for Marjorie Reynolds in the debut of “White Christmas” in the movie Holiday Inn (1942), for Rita Hayworth in Cover Girl and for two of Lucille Ball’s songs in DuBarry Was a Lady (1943). Her other movie credits include dubbing the singing voices of actresses such as Claudette Colbert, Loretta Young, Hedy Lamarr, Veronica Lake, and Eva Gabor.

Half Angel (1951) (“Castle In The Sand” for Loretta Young)
My Favorite Spy (1951) (“Just A Moment More” for Hedy Lamarr)
Under The Gun (1951) (“I Cried For You” for Audrey Totter)
My Foolish Heart (1949) (performer: “My Foolish Heart”)
The Countess of Monte Cristo (1948) (“Count Your Blessings”, “Who Believes in Santa Claus” for Sonja Henie)
Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid (1948) (“The Caribee” for Andrea King)
The Saxon Charm (1948) (“I’m In The Mood For Love” for Audrey Totter)
The Gangster (1947) (“Paradise” for Belita)
Isn’t It Romantic? (1948) (“Miss Julie July”, “Indiana Dinner”, “At the Nickolodeon” for Veronica Lake)
Nocturne (1946) (“Nocturne”, “Why Pretend”, “A Little Bit is Better than None” for Virginia Huston)
Meet Me On Broadway (1946) (“Fifth Avenue” for Marjorie Reynolds)
Bring on the Girls (1945) (“You Moved Right In” for Marjorie Reynolds)
Tonight and Every Night (1945) (“Tonight and Every Night”, “What Does an English Girl Think of a Yank?”, “You Excite Me”, “The Boy I Left Behind”, “Cry and You Cry Alone” for Rita Hayworth)
Cover Girl (1944) (“The Show Must Go On”, “Sure Thing”, “Make Way for Tomorrow”, “Long Ago (and Far Away)”, “Poor John” for Rita Hayworth)
DuBarry Was a Lady (1943) (“DuBarry Was a Lady”, “Madame, I Like Your Crepe Suzettes” for Lucille Ball)
Higher and Higher (1943) (“It’s a Most Important Affair”, “Today I’m a Debutante”, “You’re On Your Own”, “Minuet in Boogie” for Michèle Morgan)
Action in the North Atlantic (1943) (“Night and Day” for Julie Bishop)
Silver Skates (1943) (“A Girl Like You, A Boy Like Me” for Patricia Morison)
Two Tickets to London (1943) (“You Don’t Know What Love Is” for Michèle Morgan)
The Fallen Sparrow (1943) for Martha O’Driscoll
They Got Me Covered (1943) (“Palsy Walsy” for Marion Martin)
The Big Street (1942) (“Who Knows?” for Lucille Ball)
Holiday Inn (1942) (performer: “White Christmas”, “(Come To) Holiday Inn”, “Happy Holidays”, “Abraham” for Marjorie Reynolds)
Star Spangled Rhythm (1942) (“A Sweater, a Sarong, and a Peek-a-Boo Bang” for Veronica Lake)
This Gun for Hire (1942) (“I’ve Got You”, “Now You See It, Now You Don’t” for Veronica Lake)
Call Out the Marines (1942) (“The Light of My Life”, “Hands Across the Border” for Dorothy Lovett)
Four Jacks and a Jill (1942) (“Karanina”, “You Go Your Way”, “Wherever You Go” for Anne Shirley)
South of Tahiti (1941) (“Melahi” for Maria Montez)
The Parson of Panamint (1941) (“My Sweetheart’s the Man in the Moon”, “It’s in the Cards”, “Merry-Go-Round”, “Rock of Ages” for Ellen Drew)
Pacific Blackout (1941) (“I Met Him in Paris” for Eva Gabor)
I Wanted Wings (1941) (“Born to Love” for Veronica Lake)
Road Show (1941) (“I Should Have Known You Years Ago” for Carole Landis)
Zaza (1938) (“Hello, My Darling” for Claudette Colbert)





Bing Crosby and Marjorie Reynolds in the film Holiday Inn

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