The Amazing Story Of Harlem’s Esther Jones (videos)

baby esther by James VanDerZee

We originally ran The Story Of Harlem’s Baby “Betty Boop” Esther in 2016, and again in 2017, and received a number of emails asking if Baby Esther was the original “Betty Boop” voice? We suggest reading the story to decide for yourself.

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The Story Of Harlem’s Baby “Betty Boop” Esther (Updated)

Baby_ESther_JONEZEsther Jones (aka Gertrude Saunders), known by her stage name, “Baby Esther,” was an singer and entertainer of the late 1920s. Her “baby” singing style often included the phrase “Boop-oop-a-doop”. She performed regularly at the Cotton Club in Harlem. Continue Reading →


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