She was born Georgina Allan on 6th March 1913 in Glasgow, where she was brought up. She began performing under the name Ella Allan as a child. She went on to become a band singer in music halls. At the age of seventeen in 1930, she made her debut in the West End of London in Darling! I Love You. She toured Europe in the early 1930s. Logan eventually emigrated to the U.S. and began to sing at various clubs and to record jazz on the British Columbia label.
She then appeared in several Hollywood films, including Flying Hostess (1936), 52nd Street (1937), and The Goldwyn Follies (1938). She appeared in several Broadway shows in the 1930s and early 1940s, but travelled to Europe and then Africa during World War II to entertain the troops. She also appeared on The Ed Wynn Show and The Colgate Comedy Hour in the 1930s and 1940s.
Logan returned to Broadway as Sharon McLonergan in the original production of Finian’s Rainbow, singing the show’s most famous song, “How Are Things in Glocca Morra?” but did not return to Broadway after that. In 1954, she was cast in a proposed animated film adaptation of Finian’s Rainbow, and re-recorded the score with Frank Sinatra among others, but the film was cancelled, and the recordings were not released until the 2002 box set Sinatra in Hollywood 1940-1964. She recorded the show’s songs for a second time in 1954 for the LP Finian’s Rainbow released by Capitol Records in 1955, the second of her two solo albums.
In the 1950s she became an international nightclub performer, appearing at such venues as the Copacabana and the Waldorf-Astoria in New York as well as in London and Paris. She also appeared on television. In May 1956, she appeared in London with Louis Armstrong and His All-Stars. She continued to work occasionally in clubs, on television, and in theatrical stock productions, into the 1960s.
Ella Logan died of cancer on 1stMay 1969 in Burlingame, California, aged fifty-six.
Edited by Grosseteste on 6 Sep 2010, 12:02
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