Reading the weekend Globe & Mail newspaper, I see that Emma Knight has written “Read a book by a female author”. Here in Women’s History Month, I’d say that’s a good idea. But let me also suggest there’s value in broadening the concept to: “Read a book about a female hero”.
OK, I’ll confess to being biased because I’m the author of the new book “Until I Smile At You” (untilismileatyou.com) that reveals for the first time the life of Ruth Lowe. She’s a genuine Canadian hero who is one of the 20th century’s most enduring musical talents. She’s also one of the earliest liberated females who worked in a man's world (Tin Pan Alley) and never let her gender, nor her attractive good looks, get in the way of her outstanding talent. Pretty appropriate for Women’s History Month.
BTW, Ms. Lowe wrote the song that launched Frank Sinatra’s career,” I’ll Never Smile Again”, to which Nancy Sinatra writes in the Foreword to “Until I Smile At You”, “There’s a reason why 'I’ll Never Smile Again' has endured: it was a perfect song, interpreted by the perfect singer, at the perfect time.” Ruth also wrote Sinatra’s theme song “Put Your Dreams Away” and about 50 other tunes for Broadway and Hollywood.
A true Canadian hero, and one worth reading about, I’d say.
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