Carlotta Dale

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Philadelphia native Carlotta Dale had her own CBS radio program in 1935 before joining Jan Savitt’s KYW studio orchestra in 1937. She remained with Savitt when he took the band national in 1938. An exceptional vocalist, she once sang on the band’s radio program from a hospital room while the musicians circled above Philadelphia in an airplane.

Dale left Savitt in 1939 and then sang with Will Bradley’s orchestra through at least March 1940. In 1942, she began her own local radio program on Philadelphia radio station WIP as a build-up to a national show on the Mutual network.

In 1938, Dale’s husband, Pearson Lessy, identified by Billboard magazine as a radio singer and by the local newspaper as a furniture salesman, divorced her, stating that she preferred a career to marriage. In May 1942, she married Edwin G. Delheim, who was not associated with the entertainment industry, and faded from the public eye.


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  • Love of My Life
    Jan Savitt (Carlotta Dale), Bluebird (1938)
  • I Won't Tell a Soul (That I Love You)
    Jan Savitt (Carlotta Dale), Radio (1938)
  • I'm in a Fog About You
    Jan Savitt (Carlotta Dale), Radio (1938)
  • You Go to My Head
    Jan Savitt (Carlotta Dale), Bluebird (1938)
  • Moonlight Serenade
    Jan Savitt (Carlotta Dale), Decca (1939)
  • Mean to Me
    Will Bradley (Carlotta Dale), Vocalion (1939)
  • This Is the Beginning of the End
    Will Bradley (Carlotta Dale), Columbia (1940)

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  2. Radio Schedule. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 25 May 1935: 28.
  3. Radio Schedule. The Lewiston Daily Sun 28 Nov. 1935: 13.
  4. “Savitt Top-Hatters Will Play at Roton.” The Norwalk Hour 12 Mar. 1937: 11.
  5. McIver, Ernest D Jr. “'Round the Radio Dial.” The Free Lance-Star [Fredericksburg, VA] 28 Apr. 1937: 7.
  6. “Notes for Coming Week.” The Montreal Gazette 20 May 1938: 10.
  7. “On the Stage.” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 11 Aug. 1938: 9. Print
  8. “Advertisers.” Billboard 17 Jan. 1942: 8.
  9. “Program Reviews: Chorus by Carlotta.” Billboard 21 Feb. 1942: 8.
  10. “Salesman Slain.” Reading Eagle 30 Mar. 1942: 1.
  11. “Marriages.” Billboard 9 May 1942: 30.