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Monday, February 09, 2009

Farewell - Blossom Dearie

I feel sad - very sad - hearing of the death of Blossom Dearie on Feb 7. I vividly remember her gig at Newcastle's University Theatre back in the 1970's/80's. So much class, so much talent - charisma to spare. It was only a few months back that I was waxing eloquently in these columns over her version of "They Say It's Spring".
Never has such a small voice delivered so much.
And now she's gone and the world of jazz vocal is that much poorer.
She was 82.
Thank goodness we've got the recorded legacy.
I'm obliged to Russell for passing on this sad news.
Listen here. Listen again. (From John Taylor)
Lance

3 comments :

Anonymous said...

Yes - very sad. She was special. She had all the necessary attributes of an international class jazz artist, time, touch, feel etc. but possessed that extra ingredient that sets her apart - total uniqueness.
Roly

Hil said...

I remember hearing Blossom at Ronnie Scotts in the late 60's.

I just loved her, and her wonderful sweet voice.

RIP.

Anonymous said...

Hil mentioned hearing Blossom Dearie at Ronnie Scott's
My first "non trad" LP was Blossom Time at Ronnie Scott's. I now also have the official CD released a few years ago
Blossom voice was that of a female Chet Baker - a one off!

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