David Weiner, Swing Era scholar and friend from ‘way back, sent along these pictures of Mildred Bailey — looking more sunny — and news that she did appear in a 1933 Universal Pictures musical short subject (not yet transferred from the negative) in which she sings IS THAT RELIGION in “full go-to-meeting garb,” happily. Waiting eagerly . . .
Until that surfaces on DVD, here are three photographs of Mildred — I’ve only seen the middle portrait study:
In the first, she’s in a CBS television studio. The pianist is Ellis Larkins. Can anyone identify the bassist?
I see Mildred’s Native American heritage in her facial structure here.
Here’s the more cheerful portrait, date unknown:
Finally, a publicity shot of Mildred and Benny Goodman — possibly 1939-40, when she recorded with the band for Columbia. Mildred is pointing at Benny’s tiepin. Readers are free to add their own subtexts.
Sometimes she’s happy . . . .