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How would lounge singers in the 1920s to 1930s have lived?

How much money would they have been paid? Would they have lived lavishly or modestly? Would they have been respected? Thanks!

(I apologize if this is in the wrong category, this was the best fitting one I could find!)

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  • 8 years ago
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    Lounge singers have a lengthy history stretching back to the decades of the early twentieth century. The somewhat derisive term lounge lizard was coined then, and less well known lounge singers have often been ridiculed as dinosaurs of past eras[3] and parodied for their smarmy delivery of standards.[4] In any event, these lounge singers, perhaps performing in a hotel or cocktail bar, are usually accompanied by one or two other musicians, and they favor cover songs composed by others, especially pop standards, many deriving from the days of Tin Pan Alley.

    (this means they were not very respected)

    from wiki:

    So...basically they mostly lived VERY modestly. Wages were shockingly low compared to today's wages.

    You could get a steak dinner at a restaurant for a quarter.

    They probably got paid maybe $5 a night or less. Maybe $30-40 a week. Unless they were sponsored by a mobster or a rich person.

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