I think Blossom Dearie is one of those people who is famous in New York but not anywhere else.
I sometimes find myself mentioning people like Dearie to non-NYers thinking they will know their name and then realizing that she is a local phenomena.
The Mighty Sparrow, Elaine Strich, Reverb Motherfuckers, Jayne Atkinson, Janet McTeer---New Yorkers know them but get outside the five boroughs and pfft! (I think Strich has become known outside the city but only in the last decade or so.)
Thanks, Reno Sweeney.
I first heard her on the Simply Dusty set. She sang a song called "Dusty Springfield", which was included in the set. I imagine she wrote it as well. It's odd but kind of sweet.
r19 who'da thunk I would come across someone in a white site would know about the Mighty Sparrow or any Calypsonian
Janet McTeer isn't known outside of New York?!
I love Blossom Dearie. I love her 50s and 60s stuff. She had such a great sound and look.
Here's a great little number by Blossom, recorded live.
The song is "Bruce"
It just screams elder-gay! Yes, we can dispense with any more comments, it's been said.
Oh shut up, I'm 51 and love the tune.
The song at r2, link, "I'm Hip" was co-written by Dave Frishberg, most well known for "My Attorney Bernie". He also wrote and sang some of the schoolhouse rock songs.
Here's Blossom's version of My Attorney Bernie:
She had a regular gig for years at one NYC nightclub or another. She performed almost until the end of her life. I saw her several times and was delightful, most definitely not a Nazi.
They play her stuff on the Siriusly Sinatra channel on SiriusXM from time to time.
My attorney Bernie is a gas! I haven't heard that in years.
That was horrible OP.
You White folks will listen to anything.
What was horrible?
[quote]You White folks will listen to anything.
Except Rap which is shit.
She was such a vile person.
[quote]That was horrible OP. You White folks will listen to anything.
It needs a few plays and you'll find yourself, like me, singing it in the shower.
She's strangely wooden in the clip and the audience don't seem to know what to make of it.
But the song's v.cute or maybe it's just because I'm white.
I'll link it again for, R31.
Also, thanks everyone, very much for all the clips and info. I've really enjoyed myself reading the thread.
[quote] (I think Strich has become known outside the city but only in the last decade or so.)
Not known enough for people in the city to spell her name correctly though.
Blossom was a patron of Fedora Restaurant on West 4th Street for decades. One day she decided the television at the bar annoyed her. She never went back.
[quote](I think Strich has become known outside the city but only in the last decade or so.)
Stritch was also well known in England, where I grew up, due to the awful and extremely popular TV sitcom she made there in the '70s.
Check out the dreadful theme tune, which she sang + whole first episode @ link.
I always assumed from the name that she was a rather large African American woman.
She stayed with me a few days many years ago. Her adjectives took up several drawers, amazingly.
I have most of her albums, some autographed. Saw her live twice, about 15 years apart.
Until recently the OP would have been laughed off the site for his ignorance.
Her reputation as a tough, no-nonsense, suffer-no-fools person is belied by her clipped, brilliant little methods. Like a world in a champagne bubble.
One of the most annoying names of all time.
You're just jealous!
She was a unique song stylist and a great jazz pianist. In her obit, Stephen Holden called her a genre unto herself.
She wasn't everyone's cup of tea, but I loved her.
Played her music at my partner's funeral. She was a wonderful song stylist. Sorry, but if you don't get her then something's amiss in your gay sophisticate makeup.
People dining during an artist's performance is simply vile.
Sipping wine or cocktails is more appropriate.