Sunday, October 18, 2009

Helen Kane the Original Boop Oop a Doop Girl

Helen Kane (August 4, 1904 – September 26, 1966) was an American popular singer, her signature song, "I Wanna Be Loved By You".
Fleischer Studios animator Grim Natwick used Kane—along with Clara Bow—as the model for his studio's most famous creation, Betty Boop.
Kane had excellent diction, intonation and timing, learned during her apprenticeship in vaudeville. Her songs have a strong word focus, and capitalize on her coquettish voice. She blended several fashionable styles of the late 1920s. These included scat singing, a kind of vocal improvisation, and also blending singing and speech. Sprechgesang ("speech-song") was fashionable at this time in Germany's Weimar Republic in both nightclubs and in serious music.

Kane recorded 22 songs between 1928 and 1930.As she took on the status of a singing sensation, there were Helen Kane dolls and Helen Kane look-alike contests, appearances on radio and in nightclubs. In late 1928 and early 1929 this cult following had reached its peak.

Kane's height (only 5 feet tall) and slightly plump figure attracted attention and fans. Her round face with big brown eyes was topped by black, curly hair; her voice was a baby squeak with a distinct Bronx dialect.

  • You Wouldn't Fool Me, Would You (1929)
  • Ain't Cha (1929)
  • Ain't cha Kind-a glad
  • Betty Boop Theme Song (1932)
  • Dangerous Nan McGrew
  • Do Something (1929)
"I just put it in at one of the rehearsals, a sort of interlude. It's hard to explain - I haven't explained it to myself yet. It's like vo-de-o-do, Crosby with boo-boo-boo, and Durante with cha-cha-cha." -Helen Kane, on the creation of her "boop-boop-a-doop"


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