"Why Was I Born" from the 1929 Broadway musical Sweet Adeline.
~Helen Morgan (1900-1941) was an American singer and actress who worked in films and on the stage.
She suffered from bouts of alcoholism, and despite her notable success in the title role of Addie in Hammerstein and Kern's Broadway musical,Sweet Adeline (1929), her stage career was relatively short. Helen Morgan died of cirrhosis of the liver at the age of 41. Helen was born as Helen Riggins in rural Danville, Illinois. Her father was a farmer and a schoolteacher. After her mother remarried, she changed her last name to Morgan. By the age of twenty Morgan had taken voice lessons and started singing in speakeasies in Chicago.
Helen Morgan's high, thin, and somewhat wobbly voice was not fashionable during the 1920s for the kind of songs that she specialized in, but nevertheless she became a wildly popular torch singer. A draped-over-the-piano look became her signature while performing at Billy Rose's Backstage Club in 1925.~