Eddie Cantor
Eddie Cantor was an American
United States
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 "illustrated song
Illustrated songs
An illustrated song is a type of performance art and was a popular form of entertainment in the early 20th century in the United States.Live performers and music recordings were both used by different venues to accompany still images projected from glass slides...

" performer, comedian
A comedian or comic is a person who seeks to entertain an audience, primarily by making them laugh. This might be through jokes or amusing situations, or acting a fool, as in slapstick, or employing prop comedy...

, dancer, singer, actor
An actor is a person who acts in a dramatic production and who works in film, television, theatre, or radio in that capacity...

 and songwriter
A songwriter is an individual who writes both the lyrics and music to a song. Someone who solely writes lyrics may be called a lyricist, and someone who only writes music may be called a composer...

. Familiar to Broadway
Broadway theatre
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, radio
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, movie and early television
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 audiences, this "Apostle of Pep" was regarded almost as a family member by millions because his top-rated radio shows revealed intimate stories and amusing anecdotes about his wife Ida and five daughters. Some of his hits include "Makin' Whoopee", "Ida", "If You Knew Susie
If You Knew Susie
"If You Knew Susie" is the title of a popular song from the 1920s written by Buddy DeSylva and Joseph Meyer.With a name immortally linked with many hits, Eddie Cantor's best-known 1920s success was undoubtedly "If You Knew Susie", which was a U.S...

", "Ma! He's Makin' Eyes at Me
Lena Zavaroni
Lena Hilda Zavaroni was a Scottish child singer and a television show host. With her album Ma! He's Making Eyes At Me at ten years of age, she is the youngest person in history to have an album in the UK album chart top ten. Later in life she hosted TV shows and appeared on stage...

", "Margie" and "How Ya Gonna Keep 'Em Down on the Farm
Reuben and Rachel
Reuben and Rachel is a traditional song written by Harry Birch and William Gooch . Originally published in Boston in 1871, the song has regained popularity as a children's song....

 (After They've Seen Paree?)" He also wrote a few songs, including "Merrily We Roll Along"
Merrily We Roll Along (song)
"Merrily We Roll Along" is a song loosely based on the 1847 song "Goodnight, Ladies" by E. P. Christy. Written by Charlie Tobias, Murray Mencher, and Eddie Cantor in 1935, and used in the Warner Bros cartoon Billboard Frolics that same year, it is best known as the theme of Warner Bros.' Merrie...

, the Merrie Melodies
Merrie Melodies
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Warner Bros. cartoon
Looney Tunes
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His eye-rolling song-and-dance routines eventually led to his nickname, "Banjo Eyes".