Margaret Eleanor Whiting

Description: Vocalist, USA

Known For: Baby, Its Cold Outside – (Hit Song)

Instruments: Voice

Music Styles: Easy Listening

Location: United States of America

Born: 22nd July 1924
Location Born: Detroit, Michigan, United States of America

Died: January 10, 2011
Lillian Booth Actors Home in Englewood, New Jersey.

Web Site:  Margaret Whiting at the Internet Movie Database

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Margaret Whiting

An American singer during the forties and fifties.

Margaret Whiting was born in Detroit, but her family moved to Los Angeles in 1929, when she was five years old. Her father, Richard, was a composer of popular songs, including the classics “Hooray for Hollywood”, “Ain’t We Got Fun?”, and “On the Good Ship Lollipop”. Her sister, Barbara Whiting, was an actress (Junior Miss, Beware, My Lovely) and singer.

An aunt, Margaret Young, was a singer and popular recording artist in the 1920s. In her childhood, Whiting’s singing ability had already been noticed, and at the age of only seven she sang for singer-lyricist Johnny Mercer, with whom her father had collaborated on some popular songs (“Too Marvelous for Words”). In 1942, Mercer co-founded Capitol Records and signed Margaret to one of Capitol’s first recording contracts.

Recording career

Whiting’s first recordings were as featured singer with various orchestras:
“That Old Black Magic”, with Freddie Slack and His Orchestra (1942)
“Moonlight in Vermont”, with Billy Butterfield’s Orchestra (1943)
“It Might as Well Be Spring”, with Paul Weston and His Orchestra (1945)

In 1945, Whiting began to record under her own name, making such recordings as:
“All Through the Day” (1945, becoming a bestseller in the spring of 1946)
“In Love in Vain” (1945)
(these two from the movie “Centennial Summer”) “Guilty” (1946)
“Oh, But I Do” (1946)
“A Tree in the Meadow” (a number 1 hit in the summer of 1948)
“Slippin’ Around”, a duet with country music star Jimmy Wakely (a number 1 hit in 1949)
“Baby, It’s Cold Outside” (duet with Johnny Mercer, 1949)
“Blind Date”, a novelty record with Bob Hope (1950)
“Faraway Places (With Strange Sounding Names)”
“Silver Bells” (duet with Jimmy Wakely, 1951)

Until the mid-1950s Whiting continued to record for Capitol, but as she ceased to record songs that charted as hits, she switched to Dot Records in 1957 and to Verve Records in 1960. Whiting returned to Capitol in the early 1960s and then signed with London Records in 1966. On London, Whiting landed one last major hit single in 1966, “The Wheel of Hurt”, which hit #1 on the Easy Listening singles chart. Her final solo albums were made for Audiophile (1980, 1982, 1985) and DRG Records (1991). Her distinguished conductors and musical arrangers through the years included Frank DeVol, Russell Garcia, Johnny Mandel, Billy May, Marty Paich, Nelson Riddle, Pete Rugolo, and Paul Weston.

Radio career

Whiting co-starred on the 15-minute musical programs The Jack Smith Show[3] and Club Fifteen. She also was a vocalist on The Eddie Cantor Show and was in the cast of The Philip Morris Follies of 1946 and The Railroad Hour.[4] Additionally, she was hostess on the Spotlight Revue and a featured singer on the transcribed Barry Wood Show

Television career

Margaret and Barbara Whiting starred as themselves in the situation comedy Those Whiting Girls. The show, produced by Desilu Productions, aired on CBS as a summer replacement series (in place of I Love Lucy) between July, 1955 and September, 1957.

Margaret Whiting was a regular guest on variety shows and talk shows throughout the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, including Faye Emerson’s Wonderful Town, when the musical series focused on Whiting’s hometown of Detroit; The Big Record, The Bob Hope Show, The Colgate Comedy Hour, The Tony Martin Show, The David Frost Show, The Ed Sullivan Show, The George Jessel Show, The Guy Mitchell Show, The Jonathan Winters Show, The Merv Griffin Show, The Mike Douglas Show, The Nat King Cole Show, Over Easy, The Pat Boone Chevy Showroom, The Patti Page Show, The Red Skelton Hour, The Steve Allen Show, The Ford Show Starring Tennessee Ernie Ford, The Texaco Star Theater, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, The Virginia Graham Show, and The Voice of Firestone.

In 1960, Whiting appeared as Vinnie Berkeley in one of the last episodes, “Martial Law”, of the ABC/Warner Brothers western series, Colt .45. Paul Picerni was cast in the same segment as Duke Blaine.

In 1984, Whiting appeared in the television musical movie Taking My Turn. It was basically a filmed version of the 1983 off-Broadway show in which she appeared. This ensemble show also included Marni Nixon, Tiger Haynes, and Cissy Houston among others. The music was composed by Gary William Friedman with lyrics by Will Holt. The revue was centered on issues regarding aging. The stage production opened at New York City’s Entermedia Theatre on June 9, 1983. It went on to win the 1984 Outer Critic’s Circle Award for Best Lyrics/Music and was nominated for the 1984 Drama Desk Award for Best Musical (losing to Stehpen Sondheim’s Sunday In the Park With George). A cast recording of the stage production was released and subsequently re-released on CD.

In the 2000s, Whiting was cast in several documentaries about singers and songwriters of her era, including Judy Garland: By Myself (2004), Fever: The Music of Peggy Lee (2004), Anita O’Day: The Life of a Jazz Singer (2007), Johnny Mercer: The Dream’s on Me (2009), The Andrews Sisters: Queens of the Music Machines (2009) and Michael Feinstein’s American Songbook (2010).

Whiting died on January 10, 2011, aged 86, from natural causes at the Lillian Booth Actors Home in Englewood, New Jersey.


“All Through The Day” (1945)
“In Love In Vain” (1945)
(these two from the movie “Centennial Summer” (1946)
“Oh, But I Do” (1946)
“A Tree In The Meadow” (1948)
“Slipping Around”, a duet with Jimmy Wakely (1949)
“Baby, It’s Cold Outside” (1949)
“Blind Date”,with Bob Hope (1950)
“Faraway Places (With Strange Sounding Names)”

LINKS:  Margaret Whiting at the Internet Movie Database

  1. ^ Margaret Whiting, Fresh-Faced Singer of Jazz and Pop Standards, Dies at 86
  2. Jump up ^ Vera, Billy (2000). From the Vaults Vol. 1: The Birth of a Label – the First Years (CD). Hollywood: Capitol Records. p. 7.
  3. Jump up ^ “photo caption”

    . St. Petersburg Times. August 28, 1949. Retrieved 23 August 2014.

  4. ^ Jump up to: a b Dunning, John. (1998). On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-507678-3.
  5. Jump up ^ Terrace, Vincent (1981), Radio’s Golden Years: The Encyclopedia of Radio Programs 1930-1960. A.S. Barnes & Company, Inc. ISBN 0-498-02393-1. P. 248.
  6. Jump up ^ Alicoate, Jack, Ed. (1946). The 1946 Radio Annual. Radio Daily Corp. P. 662.
  7. Jump up ^ directors playhouse radio%22 “Those Whiting Girls”

    (PDF). Broadcasting. July 11, 1955. Retrieved 2 September 2014.

  8. Jump up ^ Museum TV: Hubbell Robinson