Marilyn Monroe Was Not The First Woman To Sing For The President On His Birthday
I found two mentions of Mary performing at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Birthday Ball and March of Dimes celebration in 1942. Mary took the stage after Glenn Miller who performed a song for Irving Berlin. Mary’s song was called “Thank you, Mr. President.” I hope to have a copy of this fairly soon… Here it is described b J. David Goldin of RadioGoldIndex.com.
9021. President Franklin Roosevelt. January 30, 1942. Mutual net. Sponsored by: March Of Dimes fund appeal. At the President’s Birthday Ball, Mr. Roosevelt speaks on behalf of The March Of Dimes. The national anthem is sung by Bob Emery’s Rainbow Children’s Choir. Mary Small sings her own song, “Thank You, Mr. President.” Glenn Miller and His Orchestra play, “At The President’s Birthday Ball” and “Chattanooga Choo Choo,” from the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. A remote from the actual party is Massachusetts follows. Franklin Roosevelt, Bob Emery’s Rainbow Children Choir, Kay Reed (director), Mary Small, Martin Block, Glenn Miller and His Orchestra, Tex Beneke (vocal), Billy Boyle and His Orchestra. 22:18. Audio condition: Excellent. Incomplete.
A full, very rare recording of the Hollywood version can be found HERE. Registration is free for a priceless piece of recording history.
This may be Mary’s voice on the track below but I’m not 100% sure.