Blossom Dearie dies at 82
Somewhat lost in the flurry of Grammy activity was the news that Blossom Dearie, the jazz-cabaret singer with a voice as sweet and precious as her name, died of natural causes in her Greenwich Village apartment Saturday.
With a breezy, gentle vocal style that echoed a little girl's innocence, Dearie's appeal as a vocalist lies beyond genre classifications. In fact, many Pop&Hiss readers may have unknowingly first become familiar with Dearie as the voice for a few "Schoolhouse Rock" cartoons in the 1970s, including the gorgeous "Figure Eight" and "Unpack Your Adjectives." (Watch a YouTube clip after the jump.)
Lend an ear to the rainy day-ready "Now at Last" from her self-titled debut backed by Ray Brown and Jo Jones, then have probably the most lovely experience possible while brushing up on your multiplication tables. Thanks, Blossom.
-- Chris Barton