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Margaret Whiting

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Margaret Whiting was the voice behind many hits, like “Moonlight in Vermont,” “”It Might As Well be Spring,” “That Old Black Magic” – and, on duets, with Johnny Mercer (“Baby It’s Cold Outside”) and Jimmy Wakely (“Slippin’ Around”).  The daughter of famed songwriter Richard Whiting, she began singing as a teen, and was mentored by Johnny Mercer and Harold Arlen.  When first asked to sing “Moonlight in Vermont” at the age of 19, she said, “I’ve never been to Vermont.  How can I sing a song about a place I’ve never been to?  What is the significance of pennies in a stream?  What are ski tows?”  To which Mercer responded, “I don’t know.  I’m from Savannah.  We’ll use our imagination.”

She did.  Margaret Whiting died at the age of 86.  You can hear her interview with Leonard from February 10th, 1987.

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Comments [2]

David Welch from Cape Canaveral

I have some very beautiful memories of Margaret Whiting, dating back to 1940s radio."It Might As Well be Spring" tops my favorites list from that era, with "Moomlight In Vermont" a close second.

Since I can't, on most days (and I am attempting a personal memoir of the 1940s) tell you what I had for breakfast, I'd like to test, here and now, my long-ago memory:

Was Margaret a recurring guest on the Bob Hope Radio Program?
Did she, in fact, have her own radio program?

Even at such an early age, I was so charmed by this lady and her songs.When Margaret Whiting sang she brought Spring into my 10-year-old heart. And,"Moonlight in Vermont," really! Even though she had never been there, her rendition of this ballad drew me far away, to the scene described.

Feb. 20 2012 01:07 PM
Buzz from NYC

Speaking of Margaret Whiting, Yahoo's The Judy Garland Experience is paying tribute to her all this week. Along with the weekly uploading of ultra rare Garland tracks we also have several rarely heard and never released Margaret Whiting performances.
Included in the mix is a complete set recorded at Rainbow And Stars in the late 80's, highlights from Margaret's stint as 1946's Voice Of Continental Can Company, television appearances, other concert performances, out of print studio sessions, and more.
If you are a Whiting fan you will nit be disappointed:
http://movies.groups.yahoo.com/group/thejudygarlandexperience/

Jan. 20 2011 10:16 AM

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