Eva Tanguay, Queen of Vaudeville

by Elizabeth

I’ve just heard a wonderful radio program about Eva Tanguay, who was a sort of rock star before there was rock music. The show is an interview with Andrew Erdman, who recently published a biography of the diva. Highlights include a horribly scratchy 1922 recording of her voice, singer Bree Benton “channeling her inner Eva Tanguay” on a few songs, and finding out how Eva once jabbed John Philip Sousa in the buttocks with a large hatpin.

“Eva Tanguay: The Queen of Vaudeville” on Soundcheck (WNYC, stream-on-demand)
Queen of Vaudeville: The Story of Eva Tanguay (official book site, includes a sample chapter)