Carlotta Dale

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Philadelphia na­tive Carlotta Dale had her own CBS ra­dio pro­gram in 1935 be­fore join­ing Jan Savitts 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 Bradleys 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.