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Blossom Dearie

Born 28 April 1928, East Durham, New York, USA. A singer, pianist and songwriter, with a “wispy, little-girlish” voice, Dearie is regarded as one of the great supper club singers. Her father was of Scottish and Irish descent; her mother emigrated from Oslo, Norway. Dearie is said to have been given her unusual first name after a neighbour brought peach blossoms to her house on the day she was born. She began taking piano lessons when she was five, and studied classical music until she was in her teens, when she played in her high school dance band and began to listen to jazz. Early influences included Art Tatum, Count Basie, Duke Ellington and Martha Tilton, who sang with the Benny Goodman band. Dearie graduated from high school in the mid-40s and moved to New York City to pursue a music career. She joined the Blue Flames, a vocal group within the Woody Herman big band, and then sang with the Blue Reys, a similar formation in the Alvino Rey band.

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Albums

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Four Classic Albums...
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2009
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I Like London In The...
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2009
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Blossom Time at Ronnie Scott's
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Verve Music Group
2007
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Manhattan
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2005
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From The Meticulous To The Sublime
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Daffodil Records
2005
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The Diva Series:...
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2003
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