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Born in Chicago, Dolores Gray lived her earlier years in California. At the age of fifteen, she was discovered by Rudy Vallee who introduced her as a singer on his nationwide radio show. However, it was in England that Ms.Gray attained outstanding personal attention as the star in the musical comedy "Annie Get Your Gun." The London engagement opened on her 21st birthday. Along with her nightclub and recording career, Dolores had appeared on television shows like Ed Sullivan, Steve Allen, Perry Como and the Bell Telephone Hour. In 1955, she would begin her film career co-starring in "Kismet".

Tips on Tables - Robert W. Dana - January 22, 1954

Dolores Gray Mixes Her Singing Moods

Dolores Gray was very young but very mature when she made her New York night-club debut nine and a dolores grayhalf years ago at the Copacabana. Now still young and ever so much more experienced through theater triumphs and cafe appearances elsewhere, she's magnificent in the Empire Room of the Waldorf Astoria.

Miss Gray is a forceful individualist, an actress with a voice that can be and do many things, from sweet to hot, from nostalgic femininity to deep and lowdown.

She's stunningly dressed by Michael Spaeth, a young American designer, who provided her with such creations as her opening night gown of black peau de sole and tulle, with 170 yards of material in the skirt, and a white jeweled sheath of oyster and champagne tulle, train in back, sort in front.

Own Accompanists.

In addition to Nat Brandywine's band, Miss Gray has a personal accompanist, the well-known Hal Hastings, also Teddy Charles on vibraphone and bongos, Sandy Block on bass and Tommy Lucas on guitar.

Such was the careful planning for the return to actressNew York of a girl who appeared on Broadway in "The Seven Lively Arts" and "Are You With It" and starred for three years in the London production of "Annie Get Your Gun."

She's an individualist, but as she sings you immediately picture two other individualists who would look good with her in a trio: Ethel Merman and Gertrude Nielson.

12 Songs a Show.

Dolores sings about 12 songs a show. A typical opener is "Shall I Be Sweet or Hot?" She answers it in her program by being both. She closes appropriately with a little story about coming home from London on a little boat and singing the poignant, endearing song from "Annie" called "I Got Lost in His Arms."

Andrews Sisters - Latin Quarter 1957
Desi Arnaz - w/Diosa Costello 1948
Count Basie - Lincoln 1943
Tony Bennett - Copacabana 1958
Milton Berle - Latin Quarter 1948
Joey Bishop - w/Andy Williams 1959
Ray Bolger - Wizard of Oz Scarecrow, Empire Room 1956
Cab Calloway - Greenwich Inn 1949
Diahann Carroll - Persian Room 1961
Betty Clooney - Waldorf Astoria 1954
Nat King Cole - Copacabana 1958
Perry Como - Versailles 1944
Copacabana - famous night club restaurant is reviewed 1953
Crosby Brothers - Latin Quarter 1961
Xavier Cugat - Waldorf Astoria 1951
Vic Damone - Riviera 1953
Billy Daniels - Copacabana 1952
Sammy Davis Jr. - Copacabana 1959
Phyllis Diller - w/Bobby Short 1958
Nancy Donovan - Copacabana 1952
Jimmy Durante - Copacabana 1951
Billy Eckstine - Copacabana 1951
Duke Ellington - Basin St. East 1961
Eddie Fisher - Empire Room 1959
Judy Garland -Town & Country 1958
Jackie Gleason - La Vie en Rose 1953
Benny Goodman - Empire Room 1956
Dolores Gray - Waldorf Astoria 1954
Buddy Hackett - Copacabana 1956
Connie Haines - Terrace Room 1951
Dick Haymes - Versailles 1956
Horace Heidt - 30th Anniversary 1954
Florence Henderson w/Bill Hayes 1958
Hildegarde - Pierre 1953
Celeste Holm - Plaza 1958
Eddy Howard - Roosevelt 1955
Burl Ives w/Wally Cox - Persian Room
Lisa Kirk - Persion Room 1958
Frankie Laine - Latin Quarter 1955
Julius La Rosa - Romanian 1958
Peggy Lee - Copacabana 1958
Jerry Lewis - Town & Country 1957
Joe E. Lewis - Copacabana 1945
Ted Lewis - Latin Quarter 1953
Liberace - Persian Room 1947
Guy Lombardo - Roosevelt 1957
Vincent Lopez - Grill Room 1954
Tony Martin - Riviera 1953
Martin and Lewis - Copacabana 1950
Ray McKinley - Glenn Miller Band 1957
Mills Brothers - Latin Quarter 1956
Vaughn Monroe - Astor 1955
Constance Moore - St. Regis 1958
Johnnie Ray - Copacabana 1953
Della Reese - Copacabana 1961
Sugar Ray Robinson - French Casino
Dorothy Shay - St. Regis 1961
Frank Sinatra - Wedgewood 1943
Danny Thomas - Copacabana 1949
Sophie Tucker - Latin Quarter 1950
Mae West - Latin Quarter 1956
Julie Wilson - Persian Room 1954
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