was one of the first singers to appear on the radio and she was at the height of her popularity during the late 1920s, the period of time covered by this 1997 CD of mostly previously unissued material. There are times on these 21 diverse selections that DeLeath
hints at Annette Hanshaw
and the better jazz singers of the era. However she also indulges in dated dialects on a few numbers, gets overly sentimental in places and hints at her background in opera music. As much a personality as a singer (one can hear touches of Al Jolson's
dramatic delivery in some spots), DeLeath
was very much of the time period and some of her performances have dated better than others. The dialects aside, the music on this CD should interest 1920's collectors.