Tamara Drasin

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Tamara
Birth name Tamara Drasin
Born c.1905
Sorochintsï, Imperial Russian
Died March 1943 (aged c37)
near Lisbon, Portugal
Genres jazz
Occupations Actress, singer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1927–1943

Tamara Drasin (c.1905 – March 1943), often credited as simply Tamara, was a singer and actress who introduced the song "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes"[1] in the 1933 Broadway musical Roberta.

Early life[edit]

Drasin was born sometime around 1905 in the Imperial Russian village of Sorochintsï, in what is modern-day Ukraine.

Stage career[edit]

With her dark, exotic looks and throbbing vocal style, Drasin was ideal casting material for European characters in musicals of the 1930s. In Free For All, she was Marishka Tarasov; in Roberta, she was Princess Stephanie of Russian nobility; and in Right This Way and Leave It to Me!, she portrayed Frenchwomen. In all, Drasin appeared in seven musicals, from 1927 to 1938.

Music career[edit]

Besides "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" and another ballad, "The Touch of Your Hand", in Roberta, Drasin introduced three other standards: "I Can Dream, Can't I?" and "I'll Be Seeing You" in Right This Way and "Get Out of Town" in Leave It to Me!.

Death and legacy[edit]

Ironically, as I'll Be Seeing You was becoming one of the homefront anthems of World War II, Drasin died in a USO plane crash near Lisbon, Portugal, in March 1943.

Her story was partially told in the Jane Froman biopic With a Song in My Heart (1952), as both were in the same plane crash.[2] Froman later said that she had given Drasin her seat, which bothered Froman for the rest of her life.

Tamara Drasin is sometimes confused with two other performers of the '30s musical era: the dancers Tamara Geva and Tamara Toumanova.

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes was later re-recorded by The Platters.

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