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Some Sad News

Well. Here it is the Fifth already, and it’s back to work for us. We had an alternately relaxing and productive weekend and a very quiet Fourth, starting with the local parade, which while tiny, included both fire trucks and a Scottish pipe band, so I was happy.

Later in the day, I learned via email that a fine jazz singer and pianist I used to work with died Monday night. He had been in poor health for years and had ceased performing. The email came from his singing partner, and by the end of the day, I had heard the news from several other people. When they were still performing together, they called themselves “52nd Street” after the street in Manhattan that used to be lined with jazz clubs. For those of you who never had the chance to hear him sing, I can’t think of a better way of honoring his memory than letting his talent speak for itself. Here’s “Oh-Shoo-Be-Doo-Be” from an album we made in 1985. I’m sure he’s swingin’ still.


Sorry to hear the news, Tony. On the flip side, good song; I especially dig the scat.

(Also, for what it's worth on an unrelated note, you were nominated for the featured blog poll this weekend.)

Glad you enjoyed the song. Eric was a master scatologist. Wait, that’s not a good thing, is it?
I was nominated for featured blog? Who would do such a thing? Ah, I found the thread... it looks like Yoko did it. How very nice! What a pleasant surprise. Since she’s been one of my favorite reads for over a year now, I’m voting for her. 100 Records is new to me but looks good, too. Now I don’t have to feel guilty for liking Yes.

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