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This song has a special meaning for me because it is the only recording I have, or I think which exists, of my birth mother Patty Small Keeler’s voice. She recorded this song with her mother Mary probably in the 1960’s and it was released on Coral Records.

Vic Mizzy, Mary Small and other entertainers comfort a soldier injured on the battlefield in WWII. When we were putting this documentary together we had the chance to speak with Joe Frankin who gave me this quote: Eddie Cantor used to say you know, you go to a grocery store you gotta pay for the milk, you go to a meat market you gotta pay for the liver, but entertainers, they don’t get paid, they get asked all the time to do benefits…and anybody who called Eddie Cantor or Mary Small for a benefit… they were there!

I have had the pleasure of meeting a lot of great people during this journey and one of them is Glenn Santos who provided us with this great picture which I believe is from the New Jersey Steel Pier in the 1930’s. It shows Mary Small with Bobby Gilbert and Ralph Dumpke, but more importantly it shows Mary’s great and close friends, who gave her a huge break after she asked the for an autograph at the Hippodrome in Baltimore. Glenn, thanks for all of your support during this project and your own incredible research product, and hopefully soon we can hear the girls sing together again!

Here are two extremely rare photographs from the Paramount Theater, circa 1934, showing entertainers Milton Berle and Mary Small.  Along with Eddie Cantor and other Vaudevillians, these entertainers really brought down the house in the 1930′s and helped create the foundations of entertainment as we know it.

Thanks to Alan Eichler and the folks at Jasmine Records you can now hear many of Mary Small’s greatest hits compiled on their record, I Like It, I Like It. Thank you Alan for putting this amazing tribute together. You can get a copy of the CD simply by donating at our Kickstarter Campaign…

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/marysmall/the-little-girl-with-the-big-voice-documentary

Here’s a great picture of Paramount Pictures’s chief, the one and only Adolph Zukor with the Queen of England in the 1930’s. This kind of gives you an idea of how powerful this great business man was. The story of Adolph Zukor could be the basis for a great movie which I don’t think has ever been tried. I’ve shared this still from The Little Girl with the Big Voice because Adolph Zukor put Mary Small in a Fleischer Brother’s film after seeing her sell out his Paramount Theater in the 1930’s.