African American News and Genealogy

This site was developed to provide you with news that relates to African American Genealogy, History and News. Please feel free to forward this link to others. I hope you enjoy this site and good luck with your research! Cheers, Kenyatta D. Berry Managing Director

Wednesday, March 30, 2005

BOBBY SHORT, 1924-2005

March 23, 2005 -- New York has lost an institution — and the world a little elegance and a lot of class — with the passing of Bobby Short. Short, the longtime mainstay at the Carlyle Hotel, succumbed to leukemia Monday; he was 80. Born in Danville, Ill., Robert Waltrip Short, a self-taught singer and pianist, was touring vaudeville by the age of 12. By 1948, he was a regular at the upscale Los Angeles hotspot, the Cafe Gala. A few years later, he abandoned America for Europe, where his growing popularity brought him an album contract with Atlantic Records. His breakthrough came in 1968: Two nights at Town Hall with singer Mabel Mercer put Short on the map. Later that year, a two-week engagement at the Carlyle Hotel led to a more steady gig. For six days a week, eight months a year — for 35 years — Bobby Short would be found playing the Carlyle, popularizing the songbooks of George Gershwin, Cole Porter and Rodgers & Hart for younger generations, all the while burnishing his reputation as the world's greatest cabaret singer. Full Story:


Post a Comment

<< Home