In his final decade, by which time he was a multi-millionaire, without a trace of irony or even a hint that he recognized how ridiculous his denial might appear to many, my friend Bobby Short once commented "I have a living to make! I can't afford to march in the Gay-Pride Parade. Well the whole moving and nostalgic pageant put on to say farewell to Michael Jackson gives us at least a partial answer to this dogged conundrum.
September 15Died On : March 21 DanvilleIllinoisUnited States of America. Bobby Short was an American cabaret singer and pianist.
Bobby Short, the celebrated Manhattan cabaret singer-pianist who reigned at the Cafe Carlyle for more than three decades and became the elegantly clad symbol of a bygone era in classic American popular music, died Monday. He was Short, thinking that he had diverticulitis, had gone into the hospital last week, Wicks said.
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After his 36 seasons in that room, people were anything but tired of the year-old grandfather of cabaret. Short's cane was stashed away near the bar; under the spotlight, he showed no signs of the neuropathy that had left him with wobbly, aching legs. As for a singing voice worn down by 60 years of saloon work, he blustered through the gravel with such gusto that a New York Times headline of called him "ageless as springtime.
Gillespie, 42, was lounging sideways on a booth in a diner near the Carlyle, wearing a patterned, wide-knotted tie over a striped shirt and a blazer with aviator sunglasses peeking out of the breast pocket. Preparing for his evening set, he had ordered an open-faced tuna melt. In order to make his renditions memorable, he tries to emphasize the poetic dimensions of his choices.
Self-taught on the piano, he was just 9 years old when he began playing in a saloon, but also played at church and at school. On weekend nights, if he had no other engagement, a family friend would take him from tavern to tavern where Short passed the hat as he played and sang. At 10 years old, he played and sang for a private party at the Palmer House in Chicago.
Robert Waltrip " Bobby " Short September 15, — March 21, was an American cabaret singer and pianist, best known for his interpretations of songs by popular composers of the first half of the 20th century such as Rodgers and Hart, Cole Porter, Jerome Kern, Harold Arlen, Richard A. Johnson, Andy Razaf, Fats Waller, Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn, presenting their work not in a polemical way, but as simply the obvious equal of that of their white contemporaries. Short stated his favorite songwriters were Ellington, Arlen and Kern, and he was instrumental in spearheading the construction of the Ellington Memorial in New York City.
Melissa Block. Cole Porter at the piano. Irving Berlin once wrote a letter to Cole Porter in which he inverted his own song lyrics.