Mercury Music Hall

Mercury Music Hall (U.S.A.) / c. 1945

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Design: Curtains are shown raised, evoking the music hall stage. Sophie Tucker ("The Red Hot Mama') was born in 1884 in Russia, but started her career as a blackface vaudeville entertainer in New York in the early 1900s. Possessed of a loud voice, and reveling in her obvious physical unattractiveness, she flaunted her unconventional personality and was loved for it. She died in 1966.

History: Launched in 1945 in Chicago, Mercury was bought out by the European giant Philips in the early 1960s. The label is still active in the U.K.

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