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R.I.P. Blossom Dearie, posted February 10, 2009 at 06:40 PM

Blossom Dearie, one of the last of the great white female jazz singers of the 20th century, has passed away at age 82. If you don't instantly know who she is, you probably know her sweet little voice, especially as it tiptoes through her classic version of "Give Him The Ooh-La-La." If you are somewhere around my age, that is if you grew up when Schoolhouse Rock was still on the air, you will remember dear Blossom's voice from "Figure Eight," "Mother Necessity," and "Unpack Your Adjectives" !!

If you want to do yourself a favor, buy her first album for Verve--1957's Blossom Dearie. It's so dreamy and pure. I'm also particularly fond of her album Blossom Dearie Sings Comden and Green which features a wonderful rendition of "Lonely Town" from On The Town.

Blossom Dearie was 82 years old. She died where she lived and sang, in Manhattan.

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