The Afro American Newspaper (1934)Edit
In 1934 the Afro American newspaper stated:
Baby Esther originated the Boop-a-Doop style of singing, and Helen Kane white movie an radio star barefacedly swiped it and made a fortune from it a court trial reveals as Miss Kane sues imitators, "Mae Questel, Bonnie Poe, Little Ann Little, Kate Wright, Margie Hines of the Boop style. T'would be logical now for Baby Esther to sue Miss Kane to even things all around.
- Esther's manager also testified that Helen Kane & her manager saw baby's act somewhere between 1928-1929.
- Scholar Robert G.O' Meally said, Betty Boop herself had, as it were, a black grandmother in her backround.
- Baby Esther was presumed dead by 1934, just when the lawsuit had ended.
- Lou Bolton testified for the defense. Bolton testified that nine years ago in Chicago he taught Baby Esther a negro child under his management to interpolate "do-do-de-do-ho-de-wa-da-de-da" between the bars of music in popular songs, which means the scat lyrics produced wasn't actually Boo Boo Boo's & Doo Doo Doo, but later adapted to Boop.