"born to a wealthy and prominent Jewish family in Philadelphia. When Kurzman decided to go into show business she adopted the name "Bas Sheva" (i.e., the Biblical "Bathsheba") in order not to embarrass her family....and probably got her start singing in the socalled "Borscht Belt" of Catskill Mountains resorts.I love finding treasures like Bas Sheva. She was a talented performer who produced some amazing Jewish and non-Jewish material. It's sad to imagine what she might have accomplished if she'd lived longer.
In 1953 Bas Sheva was engaged by bandleader Hal Mooney as the principal voice on Soul of a People, a collection of traditional Jewish songs issued by Capitol. This was a very successful disc in the Jewish market, and Bas Sheva's brassy, no holds barred delivery of this familiar material was an important element in making Soul of a People appealing....Bas Sheva's performance on The Passions is quite amazing even 50 years on; she screams, wails, whimpers, howls, grunts, and even acts a little to the pulsating rhythms of Baxter's dark, gritty, and complex musical score...
In 1960 Bas Sheva died at age 34 from a diabetic reaction suffered while entertaining on board a cruise ship."
Bas Sheva - Jealousy
You can still get Bas Sheva's recording "Ritual of the Savage / Passion" from Amazon and her film 'Catskill Honeymoon' from the Israel Store. Unfortunately, her recording "Soul of a People" is long out-of-print. Even Ebay came up empty. I found one copy of a 10' Brazilian LP available from NetSoundMusic. I'll probably pass on that, but if anyone knows where I can find a CD or .mp3 copy, let me know.