Label: Capitol Records - ST-1279 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album, Stereo • Country: Canada • Genre: Jazz, Folk, World, & Country • Style: Space-Age
During her year career she distinguished herself as America's only professional zitherist, and, as a recording artist for Capitol Recordsproducing 18 albums and several singles. Welcome learned to play zither as a child, and was familiar with the instrument at age 8, when inher family emigrated to the United States and settled in New York City.
There she took lessons on piano and zither, and upon graduation from high school she was accepted at the Juilliard School of Musicwhere she studied piano and violin; she Me Know Everything About She Pum Pum - General Echo - 12 Of Pleasure taught piano at the School for several years. During the second world war she joined the USO and entertained troops overseas, finding the zither more portable than the piano, and more suitable for solo work than the violin.
After the war she continued to volunteer in military hospitals for several years. In Anton Karas' theme music for the British film noir The Third Man had Ruth Welcome - Zither Magic vogue in the United States, and reintroduced the sound of the zither to an American public which hadn't paid it much notice since the turn of the previous century.
The popularity of Karas' zither-based score helped set the stage for Welcome's professional debut as a zitherist, in Her performance, in Manhattan's famous Hampshire Housewas well-received, and she became a regular attraction there for the next five years.
At the end of her run at the Hampshire House, Welcome took her zither on the road, touring the US and Canada with such success, that Capitol Records signed her to an exclusive recording contract that same year She recorded eighteen zither albums for Capitol, which became popular all over the world, and started something of a "zither revival" in North America.
Her first album, Hi-Fi-Zitherwas released inand Window Panes - Mildsparrow - Suit Of Bone (CD, Album, Album) the next fifteen years she recorded seventeen zither albums for Capitol, as well as a number of singles. Her repertory consisted primarily of standards and showtunes, in a style that came to be known as "mood Ruth Welcome - Zither Magic or "easy listening" in the mids.
Welcome retired from touring and recording inand relocated from Connecticut to Sun City, Arizona, where she spent most of the remainder of her life. During her career, Welcome recorded more zither albums than any other zither player. While the zither has again waned in popularity since the s, Welcome's albums continue to sell briskly as collectors items, and several have been re-released on CD. In the Guardian released an article noting the continued popularity of her music on Ruth Welcome - Zither Magic sharing services such as Spotify.