Learn about the amazing Austrian singer, Greta Keller, as the inspiration of one of our idols.
Greta Keller – The Original Marlene Dietrich
Born today, 8th February, 1903 was the unique singer Greta Keller.
Revered throughout her native Austria, Greta Keller is often noted as the direct inspiration for Marlene Dietrich’s distinct vocal style. In fact, the two performed together onstage in New York throughout the run of the show, Broadway.
A hugely successful club singer, Greta Keller often sang songs with double entendres and sexual innuendo. She sang those written by men such as Cole Porter and Noel Coward in which her smoky, sultry tones made the words her own.
Greta Keller’s voice, heard by millions; was featured on the Oscar winning soundtrack for Cabaret in 1972. As the heartbroken Sally Bowles plays her gramophone in the movie, the cut song ‘Married’ from the Broadway musical is heard as sung by Greta Keller, six years before her death.
Listen to Greta Keller performing ‘Mad About The Boy’:
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