Has Anybody Here Seen Levy?
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Has Anybody Here Seen Levy?

Nora Bayes (1880-1928)

Listening recently to her sing “Has Anybody Here Seen Kelly?” I distinctly heard her substitute “Levy” at one point-before changing it back to Kelly. (This was a 1910 recording.)

All I knew about her was that she sang while a young George Gershwin played, and complained that he fiddled around too much at the piano.

I also knew that she co-wrote “Shine On Harvest Moon” with her then-husband, Jack Norworth, and was the first to sing his song, “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.” (He wrote just the lyrics.)

Didn’t know that her birthname was Dora (hence Nora) Goldberg, and that she took the name Bayes from the Hebrew letter “beis.”

George M. Cohen had persuaded her to change her name ““ and insisted that she introduce his song, “Over There.”

Member of the Ziegfeld Follies. Married five times. Adopted three children. Died at 47. One of the few women to have had a theater named after her.

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