publication date: Tuesday, July 2, 2019 (part of Summer 2019)

category: Theater

clue: A lot of pop songs have been addressed to "baby," but she originated the fad of singing like a baby, which eventually led to a cartoon flapper by way of theft.

explanation: Baby Esther was a nightclub performer who often sang in a baby-like voice. Her routine was stolen by Helen Kane, who in turn had her act turned into the cartoon Betty Boop. more…

difficulty: medium

solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Steve West, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Matthew Preston, and Aaron Shurtleff


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