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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

The Moonlight is Dimmed in Vermont

Just heard of the death of Margaret Whiting (seen here with Johnny Mercer) on Jan 10 aged 87. Maybe she was/wasn't a jazz singer but she could interpret a lyric along with the best of them and in the class, and I use the word advisedly, of popular singers 'Maggie' rates pretty high.
Her pedigree was of the thoroughbred variety - her father was Richard Whiting composer of My Blue Heaven, Too Marvelous for Words and many more.
Her first hit back in the mid forties - Moonlight in Vermont - seemed the obvious choice for this short remembrance but then I came across the Lies of Handsome Men which I find has a surprising contemporary 1970s feel to it and photo montage is brilliant even if they did miss me out! Also try Spotify for a hilarious duet with Bob Hope - Blind Date. Farewell.
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Lance.

3 comments :

Liz said...

I loved her! a straight ahead singer if ever I heard one, thanks Lance for this tribute
Liz

Miles said...

Sad to read about the death of Margaret Whiting. When I was a lad my brother had a very eclectic record collection and among it was one of her records, I forget what the A side was but the B side was The End Of A Love Affair which I nearly wore out. Maybe it was an omen but the lyric that sticks in my mind was " the tunes I request are not always the best but the ones where the trumpets blare".
Perhaps this is a song for Ruth or Zoe

Sue Parish said...

I didn't know about this wonderful singer, and have just been completely spellbound by her version of this lovely song. I'll check out more. Thanks.
Sue Parish

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