Annette Hanshaw whose career only lasted about 10 years was known as The Personality Girl. Her short-lived recording career produced upwards to 250 sides. Annette was often confused for the voice of Betty Boop - singer Helen Kane. This petite, shy, introverted girl chose retirement over fame. It is said that she was more comfortable in the recording studio amongst the musicians than public appearances. Unlike most performers of the day, Annette never toured or performed on stage after becoming famous.
Catherine Annette Hanshaw was born at her parent's residence in Manhattan on October 18, 1901. She started singing in 1926 on local radio a couple of known times while visiting in Florida with her family prior to making her first recording. Her first commercial recordings Black Bottom and Six Feet of Papa were made in New York on September of the same year.