Adrienne Garblik

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A name such as Adrienne Garblik wouldn't seem to have much potential in show business, especially during the '40s when the common practice was to change such monikers into shorter and sweeter identities.…
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A name such as Adrienne Garblik wouldn't seem to have much potential in show business, especially during the '40s when the common practice was to change such monikers into shorter and sweeter identities. The existence of this female Garblik in certain songwriting and publishing credits during this period hardly is an indicator that some brave woman managed to triumph over this prejudice regarding ethnic or just plain weird-sounding names. No such person as Adrienne Garblik actually ever existed -- the name was one of many aliases taken on by Bertha Kapp.

Kapp's series of publishing masquerades also included the names Howard Richards, Glenn Gibson, and Billy Scott Jones, indicating a complete lack of sexual bias regarding these shams. She was also Rinky Scott Jones, Bert Kapp, Bert Davis, and Phoebe Snow, the latter name put into play decades before a real singer/songwriter appeared with this name. The amount of actual songwriting Kapp was involved is a subject for dispute. Like her brother Jack Kapp, she worked for the Decca label, then married the producer, publisher, composer, and record label manager Joe Davis. The relationship with Davis automatically causes eyebrows to be raised over any situation regarding publishing credits. Although Davis did actually collaborate on songwriting efforts over the years, he was also famous for publishing noncopyrighted material under various aliases, including the ridiculous E.V. Body. Arranging to have some publishing royalties credited to his wife would certainly have been a good way to avoid a variety of problems, some involving the taxman.