07 May 2009

Moanin' Low

On this day in 1937, American torch singer, Libby Holman, was aboard the RMS Queen Mary, on her way to the coronation of King George VI. Holman, whose signature song was Moanin' Low, was scheduled to perform at a London nightspot.

At this time, she was the widow of Zachary Smith Reynolds, the R.J. Reynolds tobacco company heir who was known to have a volatile temper and whom Holman supposedly shot and killed in the course of an argument in 1932. Though she was initially arrested, the very private Reynolds family declined to press charges for fear of a scandal. 


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