Leonore Vonderlieth, stage name Vaughn De Leath, (Mount Pulaski26 september 1894 - Buffalo28 may 1943) was an American singer who was popular in America in the 1920s. She was possibly the first vocalist that croonde and also the first to live sang on the radio. One of her hits was "Are You Lonesome Tonight?", later immortalized by Elvis Presley. Today, they're as good as forgotten.


[hide]*1 Biography


When she was twelve Leonore Vonderlieth moved with her mother and sister to Los Angeles. She attended Mills Collegehere, but she stopped it to start a singing career. She took to a stage name, Vaughn began in late 1910s De Leath, and singing in the new, emerging jazz-style that had fewer restrictions. Her voice ranged from soprano to contralto.

In January 1920 inventor and radiopioneer brought Lee DeForest her to his studio in New York City's World Tower, where they are in a full space sang "Swanee River". This action is sometimes cited as the first radio broadcast in which ' live ' was sung, although some historians this combat. According to some reports of this event retired the Leathe of soprano to contralto when her was said to be the high notes that they normally sang the fragile vacuum tubes could destroy her microphone amplifier. So she was perhaps the first that croonde, a singing style that was very popular in the decades.

She performed at in New York, but the radio was and remained her medium. She became a radio star at a time when there was a lot of air time to fill and few artists were available for this purpose. She sang, but also played various instruments with which they could accompany himself: pianobanjoukulele and guitar. She was also at home in different styles. She also wrote songs: she has about 500 songs to her credit.

Record Success[Edit]Edit

In 1921 she began to sing for WJZ and around that time also began her record career. She took in the 1920s on for pretty much all the record labels of that time: EdisonColumbiaOkeh,GennettVictor and Brunswick. Her records were released under her stage name, but also under other names like Gloria Geer, Mamie Lee, Sadie Green, Betty Brown, Nancy Foster and Marion Ross. Among the musicians who accompanied her at the recordings were some top musicians from the early jazz such as trumpeter Red Nichols, trombonist Miff Mole, guitarists Dick McDonough and Eddie LangFrankie Trumbauer, cornet player Bix Beiderbecke and Paul Whiteman Orchestra leader (e.g., "The Man I Love").

In 1923, she was also an executive officer in the radio world, the first female: they gave in the years until 1925 headed to several radio stations. In 1925 she went echterweer full-time singing. In 1928 she performed in experimental television broadcasts. She was the guest in the first broadcast of the Voice of Firestone Radio Hour and one of the first American entertainers that occurred in a transatlantic radio broadcast to Europe.

In 1931, she made her last recordings, for Crown Records and in that time she performed also in her last national network broadcasts: next, she was only active for local radio stations in New York.

In the years before her death she had a drinking problem and financial problems.


  • Original Radio Girl (Edison Laterals 5), Diamond Cut (City Hall), 1998
  • Dancing the Devil Away, paper, 2006
  • Ukulele Lady (recordings 1921-1929), Living Era, 2006