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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Death of a Legend. RIP Buddy Greco (August 14, 1926 - January 10, 2017)

Buddy Greco died yesterday.
Although he was 90, it seemed he would go on forever. A vocalist who could hold his head high alongside Sinatra, Tormé and Bennett he was also an outstanding pianist who, as a teenager, held down the piano chair with Benny Goodman.
It was when I purchased a record by the Goodman Sextet that I first encountered him. This was Benny's bop band and the tune was In the Land of Oo-Bla-Dee with Wardell Gray on tenor and Buddy on piano and vocals.
From then on I was hooked, buying the 45's Lady is a Tramp and Around the World as well as, among others, the LP Live at Mr. Kelly's. An album comparable with the best of any by his contemporaries. Apart from a choice selection of standards, there's a swinging instrumental duo feature reminiscent of Nat Cole.
Live, I saw him 3 times. At Ronnie Scott's in the '90s; with NYJO at Newcastle City Hall in 2006 and at the Gala Theatre, Durham, in 2008
He never failed to delight.
On each occasion, his current wife (pictured with Buddy signing autographs at Durham), Lezlie Anders, appeared alongside him and she too could sing.
Buddy Greco died in Las Vegas on January 10 aged 90.
May he rest in peace. Very sadly missed.
Lance.

3 comments :

Eric McKenzie Stutt (on F/b) said...

Superstar!! R.I.P.

Brian James White (on F/b) said...

RIP Buddy.

Polly Mullins (on F/b) said...

RIP saw him in vegas so long ago wonderful xx

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