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Does anyone here know who Blossom Dearie is?

She has a sort of lesbian of the 1960s look about her...and a nice, unusual singing voice. The audience don't seem to know what to make of her and her little song.

I'd never even heard of her before.

by Anonymousreply 4703/15/2013

She was one of my math teachers...

by Anonymousreply 103/14/2013

She's hip!

And a fantastic songwriter too.

by Anonymousreply 203/14/2013

Some friends of my parents introduced me to her.

I like her, but her voice is a bit twee.

I heard she is a uber-bitch in nightclubs. Don't you DARE let a fork hit a plate while she is singing.

by Anonymousreply 303/14/2013

She's been dead for four years.

by Anonymousreply 403/14/2013

I agree completely with R3. I can't take about two songs and then I want someone who sings with energy. I've also heard she's a cabaret nazi.

by Anonymousreply 503/14/2013

We had a Blossom Dearie thread here not six months ago. You could probably dig up all the information you want by using the search function.

by Anonymousreply 603/14/2013

Her voice is fantastic in mixes, it's a welcome after some "belters"!

by Anonymousreply 703/14/2013

Original thread:

by Anonymousreply 803/14/2013

"Blossom Dearie" sounds like a Cockney drag queen's name.

by Anonymousreply 903/14/2013

[quote]We had a Blossom Dearie thread here not six months ago.

I didn't even cross my mind to check and didn't expect anyone to have a clue who she was.

by Anonymousreply 1003/14/2013

^ I thought it was a stage name for the longest.

by Anonymousreply 1103/14/2013

R8 posted a thread from 2010, has some great info.

by Anonymousreply 1203/14/2013

[quote]I didn't even cross my mind to check and didn't expect anyone to have a clue who she was.

Are you kidding? Gay men live to know about this kind of stuff.

by Anonymousreply 1303/14/2013

I used to have several of her albums. "Albums" tells you I am old. I loved her music.

by Anonymousreply 1403/14/2013

The Brazilian Girls' remix of Blossom's "Just One of Those Things" was popular in the clubs a few years ago.

by Anonymousreply 1503/14/2013

Annoying to buy one of her CDs and discover that much of it is her piano playing -- I won't be cruel enough to call them "stylings."

Interesting, somewhat eclectic taste in music.

by Anonymousreply 1603/14/2013

Elliot Smith's cover of "Figure Eight".

by Anonymousreply 1703/14/2013

Blossom Dearie also sang the Schoolhouse Rock song where the girl and her pet turtle unpack their adjectives.

by Anonymousreply 1803/14/2013

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.)

by Anonymousreply 1903/14/2013

Thanks, Reno Sweeney.

by Anonymousreply 2003/14/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 2103/14/2013

r19 who'da thunk I would come across someone in a white site would know about the Mighty Sparrow or any Calypsonian

by Anonymousreply 2203/14/2013

Janet McTeer isn't known outside of New York?!

by Anonymousreply 2303/14/2013

I love Blossom Dearie. I love her 50s and 60s stuff. She had such a great sound and look.

by Anonymousreply 2403/14/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 2503/14/2013

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:

by Anonymousreply 2603/14/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 2703/14/2013

They play her stuff on the Siriusly Sinatra channel on SiriusXM from time to time.

by Anonymousreply 2803/14/2013

My attorney Bernie is a gas! I haven't heard that in years.

by Anonymousreply 2903/14/2013

That was horrible OP.

You White folks will listen to anything.

by Anonymousreply 3003/14/2013

What was horrible?

by Anonymousreply 3103/14/2013

[quote]You White folks will listen to anything.

Except Rap which is shit.

by Anonymousreply 3203/14/2013

She was such a vile person.

by Anonymousreply 3303/14/2013

[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.

by Anonymousreply 3403/14/2013

Oops, R34's me, OP.

I'll take this as an excuse to link another of her songs I've discovered that I like.

by Anonymousreply 3503/14/2013

[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.

by Anonymousreply 3603/14/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 3703/14/2013

[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.

by Anonymousreply 3803/14/2013

I always assumed from the name that she was a rather large African American woman.

by Anonymousreply 3903/14/2013

She stayed with me a few days many years ago. Her adjectives took up several drawers, amazingly.

by Anonymousreply 4003/14/2013

I have most of her albums, some autographed. Saw her live twice, about 15 years apart.

Love her.

by Anonymousreply 4103/14/2013

Until recently the OP would have been laughed off the site for his ignorance.

But now....

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.

by Anonymousreply 4203/15/2013

One of the most annoying names of all time.

by Anonymousreply 4303/15/2013

You're just jealous!

by Anonymousreply 4403/15/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 4503/15/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 4603/15/2013

People dining during an artist's performance is simply vile.

Sipping wine or cocktails is more appropriate.

by Anonymousreply 4703/15/2013
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