Monday, February 9, 2009
Give Him The Ooh La La!
A moment of roguish, eye-dancing silence, please, for Blossom Dearie and her gamine crop, girlish voice and distinctive, sly delivery. I was online for ages earlier trying to find a good YouTube clip of her cabaret act, but sadly there's just crummy montages shown over her vocals, so you may as well just go whole-hog and download some of her better numbers. I'm partial to her "Thou Swell," not being one of your fanatical "Schoolhouse Rock" fans. But she puts everything over with elan; there's something especially effective about her little-girl voice taking on Rogers and Hart's jaded lyrics. They say she died in her sleep; 82. What a way to go!