Sally Sweetland

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Sally Sweetland
Born Sally Mueller
(1911-09-23)September 23, 1911
Los Angeles, California, United States
Died February 8, 2015(2015-02-08) (aged 103)
Banning, California, United States
Occupation Singer, educator
Years active 1940s–1950s
Spouse(s) Lee E. Sweetland (October 9, 1916–August 10, 2009)
m. 1939–2009; his death

Sally Sweetland (née Mueller; September 23, 1911 – February 8, 2015) was an American soprano singer and teacher.

Professional career[edit]

In the 1940s, Sweetland provided voice dubbing for singing voices in movies, notably for Joan Leslie in several films including Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) and Rhapsody in Blue (1945), as well as for Brenda Marshall, Martha Vickers and Joan Fontaine in other films of that era. She was featured as solo artist on television programs such as The Perry Como Show and The Ed Sullivan Show. She was the female soloist on Gaslight Gayeties on NBC Red in the mid-1940s[1] and on Top of the Evening, which debuted in 1944.[2]

In the early 1950s, Sweetland's backing vocals were featured on several early sessions by the young Tony Bennett,[3] and she also recorded and took part in numerous children's records. In 1953, Sweetland duetted on the song I'm Walking Behind You with Eddie Fisher, which reached number one on the UK Singles Chart.[4] Sweetland later worked as a vocal coach with her husband Lee, a baritone, who was Woody Woodpecker's singing voice on NBC radio.[5] Among their students were Seth MacFarlane, creator of Family Guy.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Sweetland was born in Los Angeles. She celebrated her 100th birthday in 2011, citing laughter as her secret to longevity. She was widowed in 2009[7] and, as of 2013, was a resident of Banning, California.[8] She died at her home there, on February 8, 2015, aged 103.

Soundtrack list (film dubbing)[edit]


  1. ^ Sies, Luther F. (2014). Encyclopedia of American Radio, 1920–1960, 2nd Edition, Volume 1. McFarland & Company, Inc.; ISBN 978-0-7864-5149-4. p. 250.
  2. ^ "Photo caption". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Brooklyn, New York City. March 8, 1944. p. 21. 
  3. ^
  4. ^ "UK Singles Chart – Number One". Retrieved June 17, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Animation Anecdotes". Cartoon Research. 2016-01-08. Retrieved 2016-12-10. 
  6. ^ Seth MacFarlane (2011-10-08). "Seth MacFarlane: A 'Family Guy' With A Musical Mind". NPR. Retrieved June 17, 2014. 
  7. ^ Nathan, Audrey (October 9, 2011). "A century to celebrate, for one Sun Lakes resident". Record Gazette. Banning, California. Retrieved June 17, 2014. 
  8. ^ "A century of wisdom etched in their faces: Poignant portraits of Americans who have lived to be over 100 years old". Daily Mail. London. June 22, 2013. Retrieved June 17, 2014. 

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