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Bobby Short

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Nightclub entertainer Bobby Brief performed in the 1930s towards the 2000s, primarily performing the songs from the experts of pre-rock popular melody, especially Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Zeroël Coward, and Rodgers & Hart, even though accompanying himself on piano. The quintessential cabaret musician, the dapper Brief, who often produced best-dressed lists, properly articulated the lyrics within a husky baritone, delighting his well-heeled clients, particularly on the ritzy Cafe Carlyle from the Carlyle Resort on the Top East Aspect of Manhattan, where he is at home from 1968 to 2004. Live show was his métier, but he also produced some recordings for Atlantic Information, Telarc, along with other labels, alongside periodic forays into film and tv acting along with the musical theatre. The ninth of ten kids created to Rodman Jacob Brief, a coal miner, and Myrtle (Render) Brief, a home, in Danville, IL, Robert Waltrip Brief, nicknamed Bobby, got an early fascination with the family members piano and, despite several lessons, was essentially self-taught. He started playing appropriately in regional roadhouses at age eight or nine. Quickly, he was carrying out at society celebrations inside a white tuxedo. In July 1936, when he was 11, he captivated the eye of booking providers who, along with his mother’s authorization, got him to Chicago to execute in vaudeville and on radio. In June 1937, after completing grade college, he journeyed to times in Cleveland and Toledo, after that moved to NEW YORK, where he made an appearance in the Frolics Cafe in Oct with La Grande Pomme, in addition to at other night clubs and theaters around the united states. He came back to Danville in the summertime of 1938 to wait to senior high school and performed just in local locations over the following many years. But after graduating in 1942 he returned showing business permanently, starting on the Capitol Lounge in Chicago that July, accompanied by engagements in Cleveland, Omaha, and LA, where he resolved in 1943. By the next year, nevertheless, he was employed in Milwaukee and St. Louis, and in the springtime of 1945 he was an starting action on the Blue Angel in NEW YORK for a month. He then came back to California, by method of an appearance in Phoenix, where he performed on the Haig as well as the Café Gala on the next couple of years. While he was on the Haig, in the past due ’40s or early ’50s, he produced a record which was marketed at the membership. He also made an appearance without credit within the film musical Contact Me Mister, released in January 1951, performing “Going Home Teach.” In 1952, Brief transferred to Paris, where he made an appearance in the Mars Golf club and Spivy’s, also playing in the Embassy Golf club in London during the period of the entire year. He came back towards the U.S. for an engagement in the Dark Orchid in Chicago, after that returned to LA as well as the Café Gala, and produced a 10″ record, Bobby Brief Loves Cole Porter, released by Atlantic Information. His initial full-length LP, Music by Bobby Brief, documented in March 1955, highlighted seven music (away from 13) constructed by Vernon Duke, who composed its liner records when it had been released by Atlantic afterwards that calendar year. In Feb 1956, he started an 18-week engagement on the Beverly Golf club in NEW YORK, which became his house. From Might 9 to Might 27, 1956, he produced his Broadway debut in the town Center’s limited-run revival from the Cole Porter musical Kiss Me, Kate, carrying out “Too Darn Popular” in the beginning of the second work. His second 12″ LP for Atlantic, Bobby Brief, premiered in 1957, with the same classes in the past due summer season and fall of 1956, he documented materials for his third recording, Speaking of Like, released in 1958. In the wintertime of 1956-1957, he made an appearance on the Crimson Carpet in NY, accompanied by an engagement at Le Cupidon. Through the summer months of 1957, Atlantic employed a horn section for that which was intended to be considered a two-LP established, but only 1 disk, Sing Me a Golf swing Song, made an appearance as his 4th record in 1958. (All of those other material was released in 1971 because the LP No one Else But Me.) Brief came back towards the Blue Angel with best billing and an income of just one 1,000 dollars weekly on November 14, 1957, carrying on to appear on the club on / off until 1963. In past due 1958 and early 1959, he documented his 5th full-length Atlantic LP, The Mad Twenties, an record of songs through the 1920s. In the meantime, he appeared on the Living Room, after that on the Weylin Resort, where, in March 1959, he documented the live record Bobby Brief for the East Aspect before shifting towards the Arpeggio. He also proved helpful in California, Florida, and Chicago through the summer time in the first ’60s. In March 1962, alongside LaVern Baker and Chris Connor, he documented an recording from the rating of Richard Rodgers’ Broadway musical No Strings, billed as “An After Theater Edition.” In June 1963, he documented My Personal House, an recording of songs made up by pop and Broadway songwriter Cy Coleman. He offered his last performance in the Blue Angel on July 10, 1963, after that relocated to the Café Ambassador from the Sheraton East Resort. In early 1964, he committed to a French cafe, the Caprice, with Blue Angel co-owner Herbert Jacoby and started showing up there. It lasted just 15 weeks, and in 1965, having dropped his savings within the endeavor, Brief faced a profession crisis due to the rise of tv and rock and roll & roll, styles that resulted in a decline within the nightclub business. He performed where he could around the united states, including stints in Provincetown, MA, and Chicago, and in the wintertime of 1965-1966 made an appearance in the next release of Ben Bagley’s off-Broadway revue, The Decrease and Fall of the whole planet as Seen With the Eye of Cole Porter, at Square East in Greenwich Community. (The present was documented live by Painted Smiles Information, and Brief, temporarily free from his Atlantic Information contract, also produced recordings for Bagley’s group of various-artists composer choices, including Cole Porter Revisited, George Gershwin Revisited, Irving Berlin Revisited, Jerome Kern Revisited, and Rodgers and Hart Revisited, Vol. 2.) Then went into L’Intrigue, a membership on Western world 56th Street, afterwards time for the FAMILY ROOM. He made an appearance at Paul’s Shopping mall in Boston and spent ten weeks through the summertime of 1966 on the Playboy Membership in London. Also in 1966, he made an appearance in a tv production from the musical revue Pins and Fine needles. Short’s good fortune finally changed in the springtime of 1968. The Carlyle Resort, buying replacement for pianist George Feyer, who experienced lengthy reigned at its 120-chair Cafe Carlyle and was heading on vacation, required the guidance of Atlantic chief executive Ahmet Ertegun and employed Brief within the interim. He demonstrated so well-known that, when Feyer’s agreement expired, the Carlyle employed him like a long term replacement, carrying out three displays a night time eight months annually. (Later on, it became two displays a night time and two three-month stints within the fall and springtime.) In the mean time, he was second-billed to Mabel Mercer in concerts kept at City Hall in NY in-may 1968 and documented for a dual LP by Atlantic, Mabel Mercer and Bobby Brief at City Hall. The displays were so effective that these were repeated the next year, producing a another two-LP established, Second City Hall Concert. Atlantic restored its association with Brief and commissioned a fresh solo studio record, Jump for Pleasure, released in 1969. The 13-year-old No one Else But Me implemented, and in 1972 Brief took another split at Cole Porter, this time around documenting a dual LP that repeated the name of his two-decades-old 10″ record, Bobby Brief Adores Cole Porter. Amazingly, the recording, supported by way of a concert appearance at New York’s Avery Fisher Hall, reached the Billboard pop graph, and Atlantic adopted with some two-disc selections: Bobby Brief Is definitely Mad About Noël Coward (1972); Bobby Brief Is definitely K-RA-ZY About Gershwin (1973); Live in the Cafe Carlyle (1974); and Bobby Brief Celebrates Rodgers & Hart (1975). In the mean time, he released a memoir of his youngsters, Monochrome Baby (1971). Over time, Brief found represent the style and style of NY along with his tuxedoed appearance and repertoire of criteria. Because of this, he became appealing to marketers, who frequently highlighted him in tv commercials and printing advertisements for such items as perfume and developer skinny jeans. He also got various other opportunities to execute. In Feb 1979, he acted within the ABC tv mini-series Origins: ANOTHER Generations, and in-may 1980 he was a maker and participant within the Broadway revue Dark Broadway, which got a brief operate at City Hall. His additional TV guest looks included the series The Like Motorboat, Tattingers, In heat of the night time, Central Park Western, Frasier, and 7th Heaven. There have been also movies. He was noticed and noticed as himself, executing Cole Porter’s “I’m in Like Again” on the Cafe Carlyle in Woody Allen’s Hannah and Her Sisters in 1989, and his documenting of Porter’s “I Eventually Like NY” was noticed over the game titles of Allen’s Manhattan Murder Secret in 1993. (Various other soundtrack-only performances included Savages [1972] and ROMANCE [1994].) He also made an appearance in the movies For Like or Cash (1993) and Guy from the Hundred years (1999), and in it films Hardhat and Hip and legs (1980), A Night time out (1983), and Blue Snow (1992). He released another memoir, Bobby Brief: THE LIFE SPAN and Instances of a Saloon Vocalist, created with Robert Mackintosh, in 1995. On information, Brief shifted to Elektra/Asylum for 1982’s Occasions SUCH AS THIS (which reached the jazz graphs), but came back to Atlantic for Think Who’s around: Bobby Brief Performs the Music of Andy Razaf (1987), a tribute towards the little-known wordsmith who caused Fatty acids Waller and Eubie Blake. He didn’t cut any brand-new records for quite some time, but in the first ’90s he agreed upon with Telarc for some CDs you start with the live record Late Night on the Cafe Carlyle (March 1992), which reached the jazz graphs and was nominated for the 1992 Grammy Prize for Greatest Traditional Pop Vocal Functionality, and including Golf swing That Music (August 1993), documented using the Howard Alden-Dan Barrett Quartet; the live Music of NY (1995); another jazz-chart admittance, Celebrating 30 Years in the Cafe Carlyle (January 1998); How’s Your Love (January 1999); and You’re the very best: The Like Music of Cole Porter (June 1999). He turned towards the audiophile Encircled by Entertainment label for 2001’s Piano, an record which he performed mainly piano instrumentals. He sang the name melody on clarinetist Ken Peplowski’s 2004 record Easy to Keep in mind. Brief announced his pension in the Cafe Carlyle along with his last appearance on New Year’s Eve 2004, but later on agreed to come back in-may 2005 to tag the club’s 50th wedding anniversary. Instead, he passed away of leukemia at age 80 on March 21, 2005. Inside a profile in THE BRAND NEW Yorker journal in Dec 1970, Whitney Balliett got described Brief as “among the last example (and indubitably the very best) from the cafe vocalist or the supper-club vocalist or ‘troubadour.'” Thirty-five years later on, other good examples had emerged, notably Michael Feinstein, Harry Connick, Jr., and Peter Cincotti. But Balliett’s evaluation that Brief was the very best of his period remained inarguable.

Quick Facts


Full Name Bobby Short
Died March 21, 2005, New York City, New York, United States
Profession Actor, Singer, Jazz Pianist
Nationality American
Children Ronald Bell
Siblings Reginald Short
Music Songs Guess Who's in Town, You're the Top, I'm in Love Again, So Near and Yet So Far, Moments Like This, I Love You, Samantha, I Like the Likes of You, I Happen To Like New York, My Personal Property, Nobody Else but Me, You've Got That Thing, Love Is Here To Stay, Sand In My Shoes, Rap Tap on Wood, You Are Not My First Love, Just One of Those Things, By Candlelight, At Long Last Love, Tan Manhattan, Isn't It Romantic, Katie Went to Haiti, How's Your Romance, You Do Something to Me, Don't Bring Lulu, The Sidewalks of New York, At the Moving Picture Ball, Island In The West Indies, Heebie Jeebies, Embraceable You, I Hate You, Darling, She's a Latin From Manhattan, The Most Beautiful Girl in the World
Albums Late Night At The Cafe Carlyle, Live At The Café Carlyle, The Mad Twenties, 50 by Bobby Short, Sing Me A Swing Song, Celebrating 30 Years at the Cafe Carlyle, Songs of New York: Live at the Cafe Carlyle, You're the Top: Love Songs of Cole Porter, Bobby Short Is K-RA-ZY for Gershwin, Bobby Short On The East Side, Jump for Joy, Speaking Of Love, Bobby Short Is Mad About Noel Coward, Live At The Cafe Carlyle, Nobody Else But Me, Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz Featuring Bobby Short, Bobby Short Celebrates Rodgers & Hart, Songs By Bobby Short, Guess Who's In Town: Bobby Short Performs the Songs of Andy Razaf, My Personal Property, Bobby Short, Swing That Music, Bobby Short Loves Cole Porter, Bobby, Noel & Cole, How's Your Romance?, The Cafe Carlyle Presents Bobby Short: You're The Top, Rhino Hi-Five: Bobby Short, Moments Like This, At Town Hall / Second Town Hall Cencert, Bobby Short Loves Cole Porter & Guess Who's In Town: The Songs of Andy Razaf
Nominations Grammy Award for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
Movies Man of the Century, For Love or Money, Blue Ice, Savages, You're the Top: The Cole Porter Story, Bobby Short at the Cafe Carlyle


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#Fact
1 Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume 7, 2003-2005, pages 511-513. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2007.
2 Touring in vaudeville from the age of 12 he was billed as the 'miniature king of swing'. As an adult he described himself as a saloon pianist.
3 In the 1950s, Cole Porter heard Short play his work, and - although badly crippled - made his way across the room at the Carlyle to thank him personally. On the 100th anniversary of Porter's birth, the family presented Short with their 'You're the Top Award' for his outstanding contributions to the composer's legend.
4 Born 9th of 10 children
5 Wrote two memoirs, "Black and White Baby" (1971) and "Bobby Short: The Life and Times of a Saloon Singer" (1995).
6 Performed at the White House for decades, entertaining the Nixon, Carter, Reagan and Clinton administrations.
7 Close friends included the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Gloria Vanderbilt, Jacqueline Kennedy, Henry Fonda, Jack Lemmon, Merv Griffin and Stephen Sondheim.
8 He was instrumental in spearheading the construction of the Ellington Memorial in his beloved New York City.
9 Considered his favorite songwriters to be Duke Ellington, Harold Arlen and Jerome Kern.
10 Born at 10:30pm-CDT


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Argo 2012 performer: "Charlie's Tune"
Paris-Manhattan 2012 performer: "I'm In Love Again"
7th Heaven 2003 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Man of the Century 1999 performer: "Nagasaki"
Love Affair 1994 performer: "Changes"
In the Heat of the Night 1991-1994 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
For Love or Money 1993 performer: "In Your Eyes"
Manhattan Murder Mystery 1993 performer: "I Happen to Like New York" 1930
Wild Blade 1991 performer: "Bye Bye Blackbird"
Superstar: The Life and Times of Andy Warhol 1990 Documentary performer: "Manhattan"
In Performance at the White House: A Tribute to American Music - Rodgers and Hart 1987 TV Movie performer: "Manhattan"
Hannah and Her Sisters 1986 performer: "I'm in Love Again"
Savages 1972 performer: "Savages"
Call Me Mister 1951 performer: "GOIN' HOME TRAIN"

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Frasier 2001 TV Series Warren
Man of the Century 1999 Chester
In the Heat of the Night 1991-1994 TV Series Ches Collins
Blue Ice 1992 Buddy
American Masters 1990 TV Series documentary Narrator
Paper Dolls 1984 TV Series
A Night on the Town 1983 TV Movie
The Love Boat 1981 TV Series Bobby Short
Bobby Short at the Cafe Carlyle 1979 Performer
Roots: The Next Generations 1979 TV Mini-Series Pianist
Call Me Mister 1951 Specialty Singer (uncredited)

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Superstar: The Life and Times of Andy Warhol 1990 Documentary thanks: for generous help and insight

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Reminiscing in Tempo 2006 Documentary Himself
7th Heaven 2003 TV Series Himself
Biography 1999-2001 TV Series documentary Himself
Walk on By: The Story of Popular Song 2001 TV Series documentary Himself
E! Mysteries & Scandals 2000 TV Series documentary Himself
2000 Essence Awards 2000 TV Special Himself
American Masters 1996-1997 TV Series documentary Himself
C.P.W. 1996 TV Series Himself
For Love or Money 1993 Himself
Superstar: The Life and Times of Andy Warhol 1990 Documentary Himself
Live with Kelly and Michael 1989 TV Series Himself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts 1988 TV Special Himself
Tattinger's 1988 TV Series Himself
Great Performances 1981-1987 TV Series Himself
In Performance at the White House: A Tribute to American Music - Rodgers and Hart 1987 TV Movie Himself
Benny Goodman: Let's Dance - A Musical Tribute 1986 TV Movie Himself
Hannah and Her Sisters 1986 Himself
The All-Time American Songbook 1982 TV Movie Himself - Singer
Hardhat and Legs 1980 TV Movie Himself
The People's Command Performance 1978 TV Special Himself
Dinah! 1975 TV Series Himself
Evening at Pops 1973 TV Series documentary Himself
The Mike Douglas Show 1972 TV Series Himself - Vocalist
The David Frost Show 1969 TV Series Himself
The Jack Paar Tonight Show 1959 TV Series Himself
The Blue Angel 1954 TV Series Himself - Pianist

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2000 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Traditional Pop Vocal Performance For the album "You're the Top: Love Songs of Cole Porter."


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#Quote
1 I go back to what I heard Marian Anderson say once: 'First a song has to be beautiful.' However 'beautiful' covers a wide range of things. I have to admire a song's structure and what it's about. But I also have to determine how I can transfer my affection for a song to an audience. I have to decide whether I can put it across.
2 I was a black performer seated at the piano singing songs from Broadway shows. There were no dos and don'ts. I had the freedom to be myself.
3 A young man told me, 'How dare you insult your race by not singing the blues?' I still get feedback about that. I'm a 76-year-old black man living in a white society; I've gone through the medley. I'd like to think my legacy included having done something positive to help eliminate the problems between races. I never let racism into the core of me.


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