BELLY BEATS: SURGAR MARY VARTANIAN
This week I made a really cool playlist for you guys of the legend Sugar Mary Vartanian! Make sure you listen – it’s some classic stuff!
We are always so interested to hear stories of 8th avenue back in the day. 8th avenue between 23rd to 40th streets in NYC used to be the place to be. The avenue was lined with clubs that played Turkish, Armenian, Greek, and Jewish music. One of the stars of 8th ave was Sugar Mary Vartanian – or as she was known – Seker (Shakar in Armenian) Mary. Seker is Turkish for Sugar.
Sugar Mary came from Istanbul. She played the mandolin in France and ended up as a cabaret singer in NYC. During the summer, she like many other Armenian musicians would perform in NY’s Catskills, in what was called the “Yogurt Belt”, because of all the Armenian resorts. She was known for the sultry tone of her voice and her wooden spoons that she would clap in each hand.
Click below to see a video of her performing when she was in her 90’s!
So freakin’ cool !!! ^^^^^^