Thursday, April 29, 2010

Little Jazz Bird

Blossom Dearie (1928-2009) was a singer, pianist and songwriter best known for her eponymous platinum pageboy and her halting little-girl voice. She's best known for the 6 albums she made for Verve Records in the late 1950's and early 1960's. I've had Blossom's version of Rhode Island is Famous For You running around in my head since I first heard it about a 100 years ago.

Even if you think you've never heard Blossom Dearie, you've heard her. Remember Schoolhouse Rock!? She was the voice of Unpack Your Adjectives and Figure Eight. Her New York Times Obituary states that Ms. Dearie didn’t suffer fools gladly and was unafraid to voice her disdain for music she didn’t like; the songs of Andrew Lloyd Webber were a particular pet peeve. How could you not love her?
Below is a link to Blossom singing The Surrey with the Fringe on Top.

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