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Arlene Wolff Does It Again... Over a Half Century Later

"I'm the kind of girl who's tried everything once," Valerine Perrine purrs in Lenny. As Mrs. Bruce in the Bob Fosse film, her claim, let's say, contained slightly off-color elements.

Not so for the chanteuse Arlene Wolff, who can make the same assertion and whose career path followed a similar timeline (the 1960s onward). She, however, always took the high road. Yes, her notable achievements are indisputably aboveboard and even more varied. She opened for Jackie Mason in his early days, toured Europe as a singer of standards, and as Assistant to New York City's Mayor Abraham Beame, Wolff devised the Big Apple's now iconic street fairs. If that were not enough, for you sailor buffs, she organized the arrival of the tall ships in New York Harbor for the Bicentennial. Then because she had some free time on her hands, she married Manhattan's then Chief of Police (Mickey Schwartz
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Elton John's Vegas Gig Has Begun!

Elton John's Vegas Gig Has Begun!
Las Vegas — Elton John has returned to Las Vegas for a three-year headlining gig at Caesars Palace.

The five-time Grammy winner performed Wednesday night for the first of 16 shows scheduled through October, the first performances of a new show titled "The Million Dollar Piano."

John took stage in a dazzling, sequined cape and garnered standing ovations from parts of the crowd after each song. John spent about 2 hours going through hit after hit from his lengthy catalogue – though he skipped his top hit, "Candle in the Wind."

The remainder of John's shows during the three-year run have not yet been announced.

John says the show is named for his new piano, which took manufacturer Yamaha four years to build.

He said the grand piano, black with a video screen on its side, is named Blossom, after jazz singer Blossom Dearie, John said.

"It has a spin cycle washer in the back,
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Kylie Minogue 'recorded jazz album'

Kylie Minogue 'recorded jazz album'
Kylie Minogue has revealed that she started recording tracks for a jazz album before working on her new LP. The singer, who is gearing up for the release of her eleventh studio record Aphrodite, said that she originally planned to release a covers album of songs by late Us jazz singer Blossom Dearie. She told Attitude: "There are so many things floating around. I wanted to do a Kylie Sings Blossom album and I actually met Blossom (more)
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Veterans of Cancelled TV Shows That We Lost in February 2009

We lost a large number of TV show veterans in January 2009 but, thankfully, far fewer left us in February.

The talented TV-related folks that left us in February include James Whitmore, One Life to Live's Phil Carey (All in the Family, Little House on the Prairie, The Bionic Woman, and Gunsmoke), Blossom Dearie (The Today Show and Schoolhouse Rock!), and Ed Cotter (Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, Dear John, and Family Matters).

James Whitmore, 87, died on February 6th at his Malibu, CA home. The actor was diagnosed with lung cancer in November 2008. Whitmore had a long list of movie and Broadway credits but also guested on TV shows like The Practice, The White Shadow, Gunsmoke, The Big Valley, and most recently, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. He was married several times, including to Audra Lindley (Three's Company). Whitmore was also the grandfather of recent Survivor contestant, Matty Whitmore.

Phil Carey, 83, passed away
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Music Of Blossom Dearie & More To Be Heard On Eoina

Everything Old Is New Again can be heard every Sunday 9-11 Pm(Et) over Wbai 99.5 FM and on the Internet at: www.wbai.org Sunday, March 1st, 2009 9:00Pm-11:00Pm This Sunday on Everything Old Is New Again we feature the music of Blossom Dearie Also a "Live On-Air" Panel Discussion on the Art, Career, & Life of the late Blossom Dearie with: James Gavin, Rex Reed, Donald Schaffer & Daryl Sherman
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Jazz Singer Dearie Dies

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American jazz singer Blossom Dearie has died, aged 82.Dearie, a singer, pianist and songwriter, died of natural causes in her sleep on Saturday at her Manhattan, New York apartment, her manager and representative Donald Schaffer has confirmed.

She was a fixture during her career in cabarets in London and New York, where she moved in the mid-1940s, and has been a featured singer on film soundtracks, including Kissing Jessica Stein, My Life Without Me, The Squid and the Whale and The Adventures of Felix.

Dearie has also recorded with various musicians, including Bob Dorough and Lyle Lovett.

Her first six albums, released with Paris' Verve Records from 1956 to 1960 after moving to the city, are today remembered as cult classics.

After recording more albums in London, Dearie returned to the U.S. and established her own label, Daffodil Records, in 1974. She released her last album Blossom's Planet with the company in 2000.

Dearie is survived by an older brother, Barney, a nephew and a niece.

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