Ethel Nagy

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Ethel Nagy was born in Philadelphia back in 1921. She had planned on pursuing a forestry career while attending college, but at that time no university would accept a female to that major. So, she turned to music. She was a trombonist in the Philadelphia Women’s Orchestra from 1939-40.

While attending Temple University she worked for RCA Victor graduating in 1943. She must have liked working for RCA Victor because she stayed in 1984 after 44 years at RCA. She was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1967 and one in 1982 for the Best Historical Album category for The Tommy Dorsey/Frank Sinatra Sessions.

What you may not know about Ethel Nagy Garbiel that she was the first female record producer for a major label and the frist female A&R producer in the industry, one other fact she also produced six Grammy-winning albums. To the best of my knowledge is that she is still kicking, I just don’t know where.

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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray nice accomplishments including staying healthy enough to reach 99.... my mother will be 98 and "still kicking!!!"

Feb 11, 2020 02:40 AM #1
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this interesting story.

Have a great day!

Feb 11, 2020 02:51 AM #2
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James - wow.  A contemporary of my father.  She even went to my father's school -- Temple University.

Feb 11, 2020 03:29 AM #3
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

I have a very good friends who worked for RCA back in the day... will need to ask them if they knew Ethel.

Feb 11, 2020 03:38 AM #4
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. A really good one today James. I can relate and even went to Temple for a time.

Feb 11, 2020 04:02 AM #5
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

She seems to outpace even the current women in the industry today.

Feb 11, 2020 04:53 AM #6
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

One of the dilemmas that my older clients seem to have is that they are lonely because most of their friends have passed including loved ones...

Happy Tuesday James Dray 

Feb 11, 2020 05:35 AM #7
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - thanks for another introduction to a previously unknown-to-me person who played an important part of the music industry.  

Feb 11, 2020 05:58 AM #8
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I have never heard of her, but I am sure that I have heard some of the music that she produced.

Feb 11, 2020 06:01 AM #9
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I am sure Ethel paved the way for many wormen subsequently.  Happy Tuesday  to you.  A

Feb 11, 2020 07:22 AM #10
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

What a wonderful woman and she puts a song in my heart today.

Feb 11, 2020 07:34 AM #11
Gwen Fowler-CRS- 864-638-3599 SC Mountains & Lakes--
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc - Salem, SC
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc.

Such a great accomplishment, and a huge change from Forestry. I hope she is "Still Kicking". 

Feb 11, 2020 07:39 AM #12
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

I wonder if some of the old rubber in the basement was part of her work.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Feb 11, 2020 07:50 AM #13
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Interesting woman and quite a switch of careers, but she was loyal to her second choice.

Feb 11, 2020 08:24 AM #14
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- what an interesting life she is living, especially to be a part of an industry and watching it grow and change. 

Feb 11, 2020 09:40 AM #15
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

Great post James Dray . I love knowing the "behind the scenes" stuff related to music.

Feb 11, 2020 11:09 AM #16
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Sounds like she really excelled as a producer & was richly rewarded for her efforts. I'm sure there are many artists clambering to work with her even today.

Feb 11, 2020 01:21 PM #18
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi James,  Thanks for sharing the story of Ethel Nagy.   She had some diverse interests.  Luckily she was steered into the music career, and was very successful.

Feb 11, 2020 09:11 PM #19
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi James:

She certainly had an impressive career with RCA. And wow, producing 6 Grammy Award winning albums!

My Dad worked for RCA in his earlier career.


Feb 12, 2020 01:06 PM #20
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