Annette Hanshaw
Annette Hanshaw

Annette Hanshaw

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Annette Hanshaw was a popular jazz artist of the 20's she recorded as Dot Dare & Patsy Young for her Helen Kane impersonations. Her singing style was relaxed and suited to the new jazz-influenced pop music of the late 1920s. Although she had a low opinion of her own singing, she continued to have fans because she combined the voice of an ingenue with the spirit of a flapper. Hanshaw was known as "The Personality Girl," and her trademark was saying "That's all" in a cheery voice at the end of many of her records. Between September 1926 and February 1934, she recorded prolifically. From 1926 to 1928 she recorded for Pathé (her sides were released on both the Pathé and Perfect labels). Starting in June 1928, she recorded for Columbia; most of these were issued on their dime store labels Harmony, Diva, Clarion and Velvet Tone. A handful were also released on their regular price Columbia and OKeh. Although most were released under her own name, she was renamed Gay Ellis (for sentimental numbers) and Dot Dare or Patsy Young (for her Helen Kane impersonations). Annette recorded under a number of other pseudonyms, which included Ethel Bingham, Marion Lee, Janet Shaw, and Lelia Sandford. Starting in August 1932, she began recording for the ARC with her recordings issued on their Melotone, Perfect, Conqueror, Oriole and Romeo. Her final session, February 3, 1934, was placed on ARC's Vocalion label. Collections of Hanshaw's recordings were released on Audio CD in 1999 by Sensation Records. Another revival of interest occurred in 2008 with the use of Hanshaw's music throughout the full-length indie animated feature Sita Sings the Blues, which retells the Indian epic poem the Ramayana from Sita's perspective by setting scenes from it to performances by Hanshaw. More recently, her 1929 song "Daddy Won't You Please Come Home" was featured in the video game Bioshock 2 in 2010. Following Annette's song being featured in the game franchise Helen Kane was also featured in  followed with "Button Up Your Overcoat" in Bioshock Infinite in 2013.


Annette Hanshaw recorded a total of 8 Helen Kane Impersonations:

1. I Wanna Be Loved By You

2. Is There Anything Wrong in That?

3. Button Up Your Overcoat

4. I Want to Be Bad

5.He's So Unusual

6. Don't Be Like That

7.I Faw Down & Go Boom

8. You Wouldn't Fool Me Would You


  • When record executives at Victor heard the Helen Kane imitations by Annette they sued Helen Kane for breach of contract because they believed that Annette was really in fact Helen Kane singing under a pseudonym for another record company.
  • Helen Kane is reported as saying that "Annette sounds more like me that I do!" (From The Entertainers"-A CBC special broadcast)
  • Annette stated in a 1970's interview that her competition in the recording business was Ruth Etting & Helen Kane and that's about it.


  • Annette Hanshaw died at the age of 83 in 1985.

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