Chanteuse et actrice Country née Juliette Canova, le 20 Novembre 1916 à Jacksonville (Floride). Judy Canova est décédée le 5 Août 1983.
Canova is best remembered today as a comic actress, but she cut her share of
records from the early '30s and into the end of the '50s. As either actress or
singer, however, she was a most unlikely success story.
She was born Juliette Canova in Starke, FL, in 1916. By the time she was 12, she and her sister, Diane, and brother, Leon, were performing together and she had adopted the stage name Judy. The trio, known as the Three Georgia Crackers, told jokes and sang songs on the radio in Jacksonville, which led to bookings for nightclub performances in New York. The trio was signed to the American Record Company in 1931, cutting hillbilly novelty songs, and later appeared in a Broadway revue entitled Calling All Stars.
Judy Canova always stood out; she was very tall, with a wide-eyed expression seemingly impressed upon her face. This made her ideal as a future foil in comedy sketches, but not attractive in the conventional sense. She tried studying classical singing only to discover that she lacked the fundamental Vocals equipment needed for that repertory. She then decided to take advantage of the one gift she did have — a loud voice.
Following Calling All Stars, she made her debut onscreen as a Warner Bros. contract player, specializing in comedic material. The most notable of these early appearances was in the film In Caliente, doing a comical rendition of the then-current hit "The Lady in Red" under the direction of Busby Berkeley. Then it was back to Broadway to the Ziegfeld Follies, and then more work with her brother and sister. The trio even made it onto television before the decade was out. They were likely the first country group to perform in the new medium, courtesy of NBC's experimental broadcasting in 1939.
Canova had played bit parts in movies like Thrill of a Lifetime (starring Betty Grable and Dorothy Lamour) and Artists and Models (with Jack Benny and Ida Lupino). These were walk-ons, however, and nothing better came along from the major studios. Then in 1940, she received an offer of a contract from Republic Pictures, the biggest of Hollywood's "B" movie studios. Republic specialized in producing high-quality serials and entertaining low-budget comedies, Westerns, and action films.
Her first film for Republic, Scatterbrain, gave Canova star billing, and this was her breakthrough. She proved a sympathetic figure on the screen, the kind of persona audiences loved to root for. Sis Hopkins followed and was the movie that cemented her image. Canova played an innocent good-natured country waif new to the big city, whose honesty and fortitude allowed her to triumph over the more sophisticated people around her. She made 13 movies for Republic in 15 years, never veering from the role of the corn-fed Cinderella. She often worked opposite the likes of such then-popular comedians as Jerry Colonna and Joe E. Brown, and her co-stars included up-and-coming players like Susan Hayward.
Canova also took advantage of her singing voice and her yodelling, both onscreen and in the recording studio. During the early '40s, she was signed to RCA/Victor and she later also cut sides for the Okeh, Mercury, and Varsity labels. She also got her own radio program, The Judy Canova Show on CBS, beginning in 1943, which proved even more successful than her movies. In 1945, the program moved to NBC and became one of the Top Ten most popular radio shows in the country, drawing 18 million listeners at the peak of her career. A mix of country comedy and music, Canova's program was the forerunner to television series such as The Beverly Hillbillies. There was a serious, patriotic side to her work during World War II, when one of her most popular numbers was her show-closer, a version of the Patsy Montana song "Good Night Soldier." She also sold a lot of War Bonds and entertained thousands of soldiers.
Canova's radio show ended in 1953 and she never made the jump to television. She preferred doing guest appearances in the new medium, in between engagements in Las Vegas and other personal appearances. Her last film performance was in the 1960 feature Huckleberry Finn and she was seldom seen after that, apart from rare guest spots on shows such as Pistols 'N Petticoats in the 1960s, in which she again exploited her hillbilly persona. Her daughter Diana, born in 1953, emerged as an actress in the late '70s with appearances on shows like Happy Days, before getting starring roles in Soap and I'm a Big Girl Now.
Judy Canova died in 1983 after a long battle with cancer. Her movies aren't shown very much anymore, even on television, but there's no mistaking the tall, big-voiced country girl, a unique persona in movies and music for three decades.
Talents : Singer, Comedy, Actress
Style musical : Yodeling, Comedy, Country-Pop, Americana, Western Swing
STARS AND STRIPES
ON IWO JIMA
NEVER TRUST A MAN (1945)
Years in activity :
78 t. & Single
|1928||78 t. BRUNSWICK 264 (US)||I Wish I Was A Single Gal Again / The Frog Went Courting|
|1930||78 t. CHAMPION 16146 (US)||THREE CRACKERS - Hannah My Love / Reckless Love Champion|
|1930||78 t. CHAMPION 16188 (US)||THREE CRACKERS - I‘ve Been Hoodooed / Poor Little Thing Cried Mammy|
|1930||78 t. COLUMBIA 15630-D (US)||THREE GEORGIA CRACKERS - I've Been Hoodooed / Whoa Buck Whoa|
|1931||78 t. COLUMBIA 15653-D (US)||THREE GEORGIA CRACKERS - Poor Little Thing Cried Mammy / Hannah My Love|
|1931||78 t. BANNER 32126 (US)||CANOVA FAMILY - Whoa Black Buck / Hannah, My Love|
|1931||78 t. PERFECT 12684 (US)||CANOVA FAMILY - Whoa Black Buck / Hannah, My Love|
|1931||78 t. ORIOLE 8043 (US)||CANOVA FAMILY - Whoa Black Buck / Hannah, My Love|
|1931||78 t. ROMEO 5043 (US)||CANOVA FAMILY - Whoa Black Buck / Hannah, My Love|
|1931||78 t. BANNER 32127 (US)||CANOVA FAMILY - The Poor Little Thing Cried Mammy / Reckless Love|
|1931||78 t. PERFECT 12685 (US)||CANOVA FAMILY - The Poor Little Thing Cried Mammy / Reckless Love|
|1931||78 t. ORIOLE 8044 (US)||CANOVA FAMILY - The Poor Little Thing Cried Mammy / Reckless Love|
|1931||78 t. ROMEO 5044 (US)||CANOVA FAMILY - The Poor Little Thing Cried Mammy / Reckless Love|
|1931||78 t. BANNER 32137 (US)||CANOVA FAMILY - Snake Eyed Killing Dude / The Fatal Shot|
|1931||78 t. PERFECT 12700 (US)||CANOVA FAMILY - Snake Eyed Killing Dude / The Fatal Shot|
|1931||78 t. ORIOLE 8057 (US)||CANOVA FAMILY - Snake Eyed Killing Dude / The Fatal Shot|
|1931||78 t. ROMEO 5057 (US)||CANOVA FAMILY - Snake Eyed Killing Dude / The Fatal Shot|
|1934||78 t. OKEH 45576 (US)||ANNE, JUDY & PETE - When The Sun Goes Down Behind The Hill (And The Moon Begins To Rise) / Me And My Still|
|1934||78 t. OKEH 45578 (US)||ANNE, JUDY & ZEKE With PETE - Mississippi Waters / Don‘t Let My Mother Know|
|1942||78 t. OKEH 6683 (US)||Is It True / Some One|
|1942||78 t. COLUMBIA 36603 (US)||Is It True / Some One|
|1945||78 t. DECCA 23400 (US)||Good Night Soldier / A Tiny Little Voice|
|1945||78 t. DECCA 23447 (US)||Judy CANOVA & The RIDERS ON THE PURPLE SAGE - Stars And Stripes On Iwo Jima / You Don't Have To Say You're Sorry|
|1945||78 t. ARA 138 (US)||You Stole My Heart / It Couldn’t Be True|
|1945||78 t. ARA 4007 (US)||My Fickle Eye / Apple On A Sick|
|1945||78 t. ARA 4010 (US)||Go To Sleep, Little Baby / No Vacancy|
|1945 ?||78 t. VARSITY 8075 (US)||Never Trust A Man / ?|
|1946||78 t. VARSITY 8094 (US)||Judy CANOVA with Monte EASTER & his ORCHESTRA - St. Louis Blues / Time For Jokin|
|1946||78 t. STERLING 106 (US)||Judy CANOVA with Monte EASTER & his ORCHESTRA - St. Louis Blues / Time For Jokin|
|1946||78 t. VARSITY 8103 (US)||Smarty Pants / Down The Alley And Over The Fence|
|1947||78 t. DECCA 46082 (US)||I Was Wrong (Judy CANOVA & The RIDERS ON THE PURPLE SAGE) / You Sang My Love Song To Somebody Else|
|1962||SP CHANCELLOR 1119 (US)||Mr. Heartache And Mr. Blue / Fiddle Around|
|1950||LP 10" ROYALE 6108 (US)||FAVORITE SONGS BY JUDY CANOVA - Go To Sleepy Little Baby / I Ain't Got Nobody / Twenty-Five Chickens Thirty-Five Cows / Maw And Paw / Never Trust A Man / No Letter Today / Bananas Ain't Got No Bonies / Out On The Plains|
|1958||LP 12" TOPS L 1613 (US)||JUDY CANOVA IN HI-FI - Just Because / Wabash Blues; Ain't Gonna Grieve My Lord Anymore; Go To Sleepy Little Baby; The Butcher's Boy; Blow The Whistle; Wabash Cannon Ball; It's About Time; I Don't Know Why; Tons And Tons Of Love; Follow Me; I Was Wrong|
|1960||LP 12" RCA CAMDEN CAL 662 (US)||JUDY CANOVA WITH MEL BLANC, HANS CONRIED, VERNA FELTON, JOE KEARNS, SHELDON LEONARD|
|1962||LP 12" CHANCELLOR CW-109 (US)||FIDDLE AROUND MR. HEARTACHE AND MR. BLUE|
|1965||LP 12" CORONET CX-239 (US)||JUDY CANOVA COUTRY COUSIN SINGS - Wabash Blues / Just Because / Tons Of Love / Follow Me / It's About Time / Wabash Cannon Ball / Ain't Gonna Grieve My Lord / Butcher Boy / Lullaby / Blow Whistle Blow|
|196?||LP 12" SUTTON SU 296 (US)||FEATURING JUDY CANOVA SING COUNTRY FAVORITES WITH ESMERELDY- Wabash Blues / Tons Of Love / Follow Me / The Butcher's Boy / Wabash Cannon Ball / Skip To My Lou / Clementine / Billy Boy / On Top Of Old Smokey / Ain't Gonna Grieve My Lord No More|
|196?||LP 12" CRAFTSMEN C 8062 (US)||MISS COUNTRY USA - Just Because / Wabash Blues / Ain't Gonna Grieve My Lord Anymore / Go To Sleepy Little Baby / The Butcher's Boy / Blow The Whistle / Wabash Cannon Ball / It's About Time / Tons And Tons Of Love / Follow Me|
|19??||LP 12" HURRAH H-1051 (US)||JUDY CANOVA / HOOSIER HOT SHOTS - Just Because (Judy CANOVA) / Ain't Gonna Grieve My Lord Any More (Judy CANOVA) / Go To Sleep Little Baby (Judy CANOVA) / The Butcher's Boy (Judy CANOVA) / Tons Of Love (Judy CANOVA) / There's No Romance In You Soul (HOOSIER HOT SHOTS) / Meet Me By The Ice House, Lizzie (HOOSIER HOT SHOTS) / Them Hillbillies Are Mountain Willies Now (HOOSIER HOT SHOTS) / I Like Bananas (Because They Have No Bones) (HOOSIER HOT SHOTS) / Mister Sandman (HOOSIER HOT SHOTS)|
|02/1998||CD SIMITAR 5568 (US)||COLLECTORS EDITION - Just Because / Wabash Blues / Ain't Gonna Grieve My Lord Anymore / Got To Sleep Little Baby / Butcher Boy / Blow The Whistle / Wasbash Cannon Ball / It's About Time / I Don't Know Why (I Just Do) / Tons And Tons Of Love / Follow Me / I Was Wrong|
|05/2005||CD COLLECTOR'S CHOICE 1061 (US)||OZARK NIGHTINGALE - I Can't Give You Anything But Love, Baby / Lonely World / Too Late To Worry / Along The Navajo Trail / No Letter Today / Walking The Floor Over You / Stuff Like That There / You Are My Sunshine / Some Of These Days / Wabash Blues / Just Because / You'll Never Know / After You've Gone / Put Your Arms Around Me, Honey|
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