Ruby Hill (singer)

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BornDanville, Virginia

Ruby Hill (1922 - ?) was a singer. She starred in the 1946 Broadway production St. Louis Woman in which she performed the songs "Come Rain or Come Shine"[1] and Any Place I Hang My Hat Is Home[2] for more than 100 showings. Capitol Records recorded her singing the song.[3] She featured in the 1947 film Ebony Parade[3] made using archival clips. She performed at New York City's Cotton Club and the Ed Sullivan Show.[3]

She was born in Danville,Virginia.[4] The young singer who was a reportedly a high school student in Richmond, Virginia before being discovered and cast in the show[5] was fired in a reorganization, but Pearl Bailey led the St Louis Woman cast in a promised strike unless Hill was rehired.[6] After 113 performances the show closed. She left the bright lights of show business for 5 years, performing some smaller venues, eventuallt relating that her management was trying to shape her into a Lena Horne cast.[7][8] A film adaption of St. Louis Woman entered into production with Hill reprising her role, but was movie effort was scrapped.[8]

A different account of her life describes her moving to New York City in 1939 and marrying.[9]

The slight young singer who Jet described as doll like was married to Robert Turner.[7]


  1. Tyler, Don (April 2, 2007). "Hit Songs, 1900-1955: American Popular Music of the Pre-Rock Era". McFarland – via Google Books.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Ruby Hill Biography".
  5. Jablonski, Edward (September 23, 1998). "Harold Arlen: Rhythm, Rainbows, and Blues". UPNE – via Google Books.
  6. Lees, Gene (November 23, 2004). "Portrait of Johnny: The Life of John Herndon Mercer". Hal Leonard Corporation – via Google Books.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Company, Johnson Publishing (April 3, 1952). "Jet". Johnson Publishing Company – via Google Books.
  8. 8.0 8.1

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