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Thursday, February 12, 2009

Blossom Dearie 1926-2009

Standard of the Day is saddened to report the passing last weekend of Marguerite Blossom Dearie, one of the most beloved cabaret singers of the second half of the 20th century.

Known for her whispery, little-girl voice, Blossom Dearie was a fixture in New York and London nightclubs from the 1950s right up to the earlier part of this decade.

The vocalist and pianist began her career shortly after World War II singing with the orchestras of Woody Herman and Alvino Rey. Embarking on a solo career, she recorded six landmark albums in the 1950s for Norman Granz and Verve Records, which helped establish her loyal cult following.

Ms. Dearie passed away in her sleep of natural causes in her Greenwich Village apartment. She was 82.

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