Eddie Cantor

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Eddie Cantor (c. September 21, 1892 – October 10, 1964), born Edward Israel Iskowitz, was an American "illustrated song" performer, comedian, dancer, singer, actor and songwriter. Familiar to Broadway, radio, movie and early television audiences, this "Apostle of Pep" was regarded almost as a family member by millions because his top-rated radio shows revealed intimate stories and amusing anecdotes about his wife Ida and five daughters. Some of his hits include "Makin' Whoopee", "Ida", "Yes! We Have No Bananas", "If You Knew Susie", "Ma! He's Makin' Eyes at Me", "Baby", "Margie", and "How Ya Gonna Keep 'em Down on the Farm (After They've Seen Paree)?" He also wrote a few songs, including "Merrily We Roll Along", the Merrie Melodies Warner Bros. cartoon theme.

His eye-rolling song-and-dance routines eventually led to his nickname, "Banjo Eyes". In 1933, the artist Frederick J. Garner caricatured Cantor with large round eyes resembling the drum-like pot of a banjo. Cantor's eyes became his trademark, often exaggerated in illustrations, and leading to his appearance on Broadway in the musical Banjo Eyes (1941).

His charity and humanitarian work was extensive, and he is credited with coining the phrase, and helping to develop The March of Dimes. He was awarded an honorary Academy Award in 1956 for distinguished service to the film industry.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
The Eddie Cantor Radio Show 1942-1943 Eddie Cantor 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1994 The Columbia Years: 1922-1940 Eddie Cantor 1
2000 Whoopee! Eddie Cantor 1
2000 Makin' Whoopee With "Banjo Eyes" Eddie Cantor 1
The Best of Eddie Cantor Eddie Cantor 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1995 Carnegie Hall Concert Eddie Cantor 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1924 O, Gee, Georgie! / If You Do What You Do Eddie Cantor with The Georgians 1

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