Free event! Join us for the unveiling of a newly placed memorial at the gravesite of Woodlawn notable, Nora Bayes.
Legendary Pop/Vaudeville/Broadway entertainer and humanitarian, Nora Bayes was buried in an unmarked grave at Woodlawn Cemetery in 1946; 18 years after she died in 1928!
Singer, actress and comedienne Nora Bayes was a mega-celebrity 100 years ago. "Shine On Harvest Moon," written by Nora and her second husband Jack Norworth, is still sung today. Her rendition of “Over There” (George M. Cohan chose HER to sing it) became THE anthem for World War One. She appeared in The Ziegfeld Follies numerous times and after many Broadway smashes, was the first woman to have a Broadway theatre named for her. Her music lives on through her wonderful 100 year old 78rpm records.
Nora was also was an astute businesswoman, using her clout and asserting herself with a fierce reputation of getting what she wanted. She was also known for generously donating her time and money to charitable causes including entertaining at rescue missions and tours for WWI troops.
A horned gramophone will be playing Nora’s records and a memorial will be provided by Phonograph DJ MAC (aka Michael Cumella). Tamar Korn will perform “Over There” with Peter Minton accompanying on keys and they will lead us through a sing-along of Shine On Harvest Moon.
Come as you are or in your 1917 best.
We are excited to share this once in a lifetime event with you.
3800 Jerome Avenue
Bronx, NY 10467