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Options February 15, 2009: May I Come In? A Tribute to Blossom Dearie

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Artist Track Album Label Approx. start time
Blossom Dearie  May I Come In?   Options May I Come In?  Capitol  0:00:00 (Real | )
Blossom Dearie  The Good Life   Options Sings Rootin' Songs  DIW  0:01:56 (Real | )
Blossom Dearie  Plus Je T'Embrasse   Options Give Him The Ooh-La-La  Verve  0:04:39 (Real | )
Blossom Dearie  Doop-Doo-De-Doop (A Doodlin' Song)   Options Once Upon a Summertime  Verve  0:07:03 (Real | )
Blossom Dearie  My New Celebrity Is You   Options My New Celebrity Is You  Daffodil  0:09:25 (Real | )
Blossom Dearie  Blossom's Blues   Options Blossom Dearie  Verve  0:14:54 (Real | )
Blossom Dearie  Peel Me A Grape   Options My New Celebrity Is You  Daffodil  0:18:31 (Real | )
Blossom Dearie  Everything I've Got   Options Blossom Dearie  Verve  0:22:22 (Real | )
Blossom Dearie  The Surrey With The Fringe On Top (Inst.)   Options Jazz In Paris  Sunnyside  0:31:49 (Real | )
 
Blossom Dearie  Figure 8   Options Schoolhouse Rock  Rhino  0:31:16 (Real | )
Blossom Dearie  Sunday Afternoon   Options Winchester In Apple Blossom Time  Daffodil  0:34:12 (Real | )
Les Blue Stars  La Legende Du Pays Des Oiseaux   Options Jazz In Paris  Sunnyside  0:38:23 (Real | )
Blossom Dearie  The Sweetest Sounds   Options Sings Rootin' Songs  DIW  0:41:05 (Real | )
King Pleasure feat. Blossom Dearie  Moody's Mood For Love   Options The Bebop Singers  Fantasy/Prestige  0:43:43 (Real | )
Blossom Dearie  Bruce   Options Our Favorite Songs  Daffodil  0:46:32 (Real | )
Blossom Dearie  I'm Hip   Options 1975  Daffodil  0:51:06 (Real | )
Blossom Dearie  The Gentleman Is A Dope   Options Soubrette: Sings Broadway Hit Songs  Verve  0:54:04 (Real | )
 
Blossom Dearie  The Surrey With The Fringe On Top   Options Once Upon A Summertime  Verve  1:08:38 (Real | )
Blossom Dearie  That's Just The Way I Want To Be   Options That's Just The Way I Want To Be  Fontana  1:12:44 (Real | )
Blossom Dearie  Lucky To Be Me   Options Sings Comden And Green  Verve  1:16:31 (Real | )
Blossom Dearie  Fly Me To The Moon   Options Sings Rootin' Songs  DIW  1:20:19 (Real | )
Blossom Dearie  I Walk A Little Faster   Options Give Him The Ooh-La-La  Verve  1:23:03 (Real | )
 
Blossom Dearie  Don't Wait Too Long   Options May I Come In?  Capitol  1:35:52 (Real | )
Blossom Dearie  It Might As Well Be Spring   Options Blossom Dearie  Verve  1:38:04 (Real | )
Blossom Dearie  They Say It's Spring   Options Blossom Dearie  Verve  1:41:11 (Real | )
Blossom Dearie  The Ballad Of The Shape Of Things   Options Blossom Time At Ronnie Scott's  Verve  1:45:05 (Real | )
Blossom Dearie  Sweet Georgie Fame   Options That's Just The Way I Want To Be  Verve  1:47:02 (Real | )
Blossom Dearie  We're Together   Options Once Upon A Summertime  Verve  1:50:38 (Real | )
Blossom Dearie  Something Happens To Me   Options May I Come In?  Capitol  1:52:27 (Real | )
Blossom Dearie  Some Other Time   Options Sings Comden And Green  Verve  1:54:30 (Real | )

Listener comments!

  Sun. 2/15/09 7:03pm Steve L:

Perfect opener...
  Sun. 2/15/09 7:04pm texas scott:

Hello Monica.I have a cyber-gift for you...
http://www.stupid.com/fun/CSTH.html
Enjoy!
  Sun. 2/15/09 7:05pm mike tp:

hi monica heard blossom left us the other day. bought her lp may i come in at a record store in hackensack. mellow and sweet.
  Sun. 2/15/09 7:09pm CFB2:

Perfect Pitch!

Thanks for the memories.
  Sun. 2/15/09 7:10pm a listener:

hiya monica---how you been?? we wanna hear some eleanor brooshin,,barbara lewis & jeanette jacobs 2nite you promised,,,thank you monica=)
  Sun. 2/15/09 7:14pm cheri:

r.i.p blossom
  Sun. 2/15/09 7:15pm CB1:

Hey Ms M -

About two years ago I heard an interview with Blossom and she said that she had recently been told by a vocal coach that she didn't know how to breathe. She responded by saying, "Well, too late for that now!" I loved that answer - and I could relate.
  Sun. 2/15/09 7:22pm monica:

Eveinin' Steve, Texas Scott, Mike TP, CB1 & CB2, Listener, and Cheri, As you may have guessed, tonight's show is dedicated to Blossom Dearie- Thanks for the rememberances. Any stories or memories of the lasy herself?
  Sun. 2/15/09 7:22pm Steve M:

Monica, This is great. Thanks
  Sun. 2/15/09 7:25pm texas scott:

the only memory I have is...she helped me learn how to mutiply by 8s.
there's sunshine in that voice.
  Sun. 2/15/09 7:30pm HotRod:

Hello, my dear...
  Sun. 2/15/09 7:31pm Steve L:

I loved the non-sequiturs she cracked on Blossom Dearie Live at Ronnie Scott's. Sample: "My mothere doesn't know I'm here. She thinks I'm still in jail."
  Sun. 2/15/09 7:33pm Jack J:

Hey Monica,
It's just past midnight where I'm at and this is really cool music.
  Sun. 2/15/09 7:34pm texas scott:

hey Hotrod,got any Blossom memories?
  Sun. 2/15/09 7:37pm monica:

Hey Steve M, Hot Rod, and Jack J- Thanks for joing this here soiree! Steve L - you saqw her perform, right??
  Sun. 2/15/09 7:38pm miketp:

hey stve is ronnie scotts in england? wish me and the boys and girls seen her. probably played at gullivers in w. paterson. does anyone now
  Sun. 2/15/09 7:48pm Parq:

Miss Monica, I've been looking forward to this show since Irwin mentioned it the other night. FMU is not the radio station that introduced me to Blossom - that honor goes to the old WNEW-AM. But most of what I know about Blossom, I've picked up from you guys. I don't know if Blossom knew from FMU, but I hope she did, coz the station is surely a great friend of hers.
  Sun. 2/15/09 7:53pm Holly:

Great show! Any chance of hearing "Rhode Island is famous for you"?
  Sun. 2/15/09 7:53pm monica:

hi parq - loved me some old wnew-am. let's hear it for stan martin! or was that fm? anyhoo, she would've understood wfmu methinks...
  Sun. 2/15/09 7:54pm Steve M.:

Steve L., John, Jorge Hernandez and I saw Blossom a few years ago at Danny's over Labor Day Weekend. I know it was the last gig of that run but I'm not sure of the year. The "Times" reported that her last live performance was at Danny's in 2006. We may have been there. Jorge might remember as it was his birthday.
  Sun. 2/15/09 7:56pm ?:

I did see Blossom several times in that dark little back room at Danny's Sea Palace on W. 46th. Ca. 2004-2006. Always astonishing. Her playing was so gentle, complex, and swinging all at once, and that brilliant lyric delivery. I never realized there were so many shades to sardonic and just plain cool until I saw her.

And, yes, Miketp, Ronnie Scott's Club is (was?) in London. The live album in question is from 1966.
  Sun. 2/15/09 7:57pm HotRod:

Wish I did, Scott...
  Sun. 2/15/09 8:02pm Ismael:

"Figure 8" used to make me cry as a kid. (am I dating myself?)
  Sun. 2/15/09 8:02pm texas scott:

love the stories in comments...keep um coming.

HR,so do I!
  Sun. 2/15/09 8:03pm Steve L:

Only one request, if it's in your kit bag: "My Attorney Bernie." Another Firshberg, I believe.
  Sun. 2/15/09 8:08pm timotato:

Monica, you mentioned who wrote "I'm in the Mood for Love" but I didn't understand the last name. James who? Was he the person who made it famous? When I was a kid a late night radio show on WMCA New York (55 AM) used to sign off with that song every night and I've been trying to find the recording. He sounded a bit like King Pleasure but no female voice was involved. Any help from you all would be greatly appreciated.
  Sun. 2/15/09 8:09pm Parq:

Blossom used to protest that she didn't "write" the melody to "New Celeb", just stuck the lyrics onto a standard blues progression. Mercer begged to differ.
  Sun. 2/15/09 8:11pm Ismael:

Wiki says "I'm in the Mood for Love" was by Jimmy McHugh, w/lyrics by Dorothy Fields.
  Sun. 2/15/09 8:13pm CB1:

I saw Blossom do two shows a night for a week when she performed at Reno Sweeney's, where I was a waiter, in the Village in the mid 70's. I remember her seeming completely out of place in that rather decadent setting - but she mesmerized 'em and had a commanding presence way beyond her physical and vocal size.
  Sun. 2/15/09 8:14pm Tony cormier:

Nonsense, you read very well.. How appropriate that the people who touch us the most disappear at times only to reappear suddenly as if beckoned.
  Sun. 2/15/09 8:15pm texas scott:

hey Hotrod...I found this just for you(no one else look)

http://www.stupid.com/fun/IHCM.html
  Sun. 2/15/09 8:16pm CB1:

Ismael,

That's a different song. I think the one by James Moody is more commonly called Moody's Blues. There are many good versions of it. I love Genya Raven's, too.
  Sun. 2/15/09 8:17pm Mineo:

The piece you read was wonderful. It is how I feel about her. Every sentence.
  Sun. 2/15/09 8:19pm monica:

Hi Holly, , Mike TP, Ismael, Tony Cormier, and Mineo ~
Ismael, yes, there was a dispute about that song's ownership - thanks for reminding me! CB1 gets to the bottom along with yourself. I highly recommend the Whitney Balliett book for anyone with a serious passion for great singers and mesmerizing writing...
  Sun. 2/15/09 8:21pm rick armstrong:

Wow! Great tribute, I never listened to cabaret music, but thought of biting the financial bullet and checking out a show for the experience. It looks like I blew it by missing out on seeing the best there was in New York cabaret. Her performances were so regular, I took them for granted. At least I can listen to your show. Thanks for the tribute Monica, I'm happy I listened.
  Sun. 2/15/09 8:21pm timotato:

The version of "I'm In The Mood For Love" I'm hunting for sounded like it was sung, I'm guessing, by a black man and his voice was sort of soft, kinda like Nat King Cole's. I heard it around 1970.
  Sun. 2/15/09 8:22pm Ismael:

the Nat King Cole Trio did a version of "I'm in the Mood..." in 1944.
  Sun. 2/15/09 8:23pm cheri:

i'm loving this tribute monica,,these are grooovy tunes,,,i swear=)thanks again
  Sun. 2/15/09 8:24pm Fred:

Very Phil Schaaap-esque show.
  Sun. 2/15/09 8:24pm Dan:

"Just the Way I Want to Be" blew my mind. Thanks Monica, and thanks for the great show.
  Sun. 2/15/09 8:27pm texas scott:

ok, I found a mini-bio in case you're interested.

www.janetseidel.com/shows/blossomdearie.html
  Sun. 2/15/09 8:29pm Gary Martin:

DJ Monica!!
Back in the 70's I was married and lived in the west village and friends of ours went to 13th street to see Blossom where she seemed to have taken up permanent residence. we were always going to go but somehow never did...I always think of her on 13th street when you play her music. Yet another thing I never did!!! Great selection of music.
listener gary
  Sun. 2/15/09 8:31pm gary again:

messatge 2.
Peggy Lee, Hadda Brook, Anita O'Day, Ann Miller!!! Nobody does it better than DJ Monica.
Listener Gary
  Sun. 2/15/09 8:34pm miketp:

gary null would be proud
  Sun. 2/15/09 8:34pm texas scott:

hey Mo,got a link to the article?
  Sun. 2/15/09 8:37pm Ismael:

odd, I was just looking at "May I Come In?" on Amazon.
  Sun. 2/15/09 8:38pm mark:

hello from hull uk!
gotta work tom but your making me cheerily stay up
  Sun. 2/15/09 8:38pm greg:

"Just the Way I Want to Be" wow that was so revolver era beatlesque ...this women was actually a genius type.She could play, sing, had a geat unique voice,and very prolific in output, both recordings and live.
Great Show.....
  Sun. 2/15/09 8:39pm Parq:

Somebody correct me if I'm wrong, but I always understood "Moody's Mood for Love" to be one of those vocalese transcriptions-with-lyrics of a famous solo by James Moody. An old friend and his uncles performed it at his dad's memorial - it was Dad's favorite song.
  Sun. 2/15/09 8:41pm Steve L:

My god, that kind of entertainment journalism is a lost art. The reader was provided with such an indelible impression of the subject.

I wonder what Norma McClain Stoop would have had to say about Blossom!
  Sun. 2/15/09 8:41pm SPUDS:

Blossom sings like a note clean nightengale, very captivating. She seems to paint her songs with a brush dipped in both restraint, meloncholy and a peppering of sorrow. My interpretation of course, I never knew her name but the once or twice I heard snippets of her work they carved a home in my mind forever.
Did she do any work for Schoolhouse Rock?
  Sun. 2/15/09 8:42pm monica:

Hi Greg, Mark fro Hull, Gary M., Dan, Spuds Cheri! It's so wonderful to hear from so many Blossom Dearie fans.. she'd be happy - I think!
  Sun. 2/15/09 8:44pm mike tp:

good wy of putting it spuds. monicas got a great crew of listeners
  Sun. 2/15/09 8:47pm texas scott:

Dear Monica,
It's sad that someone has to die before others discover the joy of a happy voice.
Thank you for this tribute!
  Sun. 2/15/09 8:47pm Ismael:

could we hear "Mother Necessity," please?
  Sun. 2/15/09 8:49pm SPUDS:

Ahh...the word which escaped me was Haunting and a bit overwhelming as well.

Monica, Thanks for sharing all this with us.
  Sun. 2/15/09 8:49pm timotato:

Hey Parq... thanks!
I think the Moody version may be the one I'm looking for. It was sort of spoken-sung if I remember correctly. And it makes sense why he'd change the name to "Moody's Blues", because he sang the end so sadly, so emotionally.
  Sun. 2/15/09 8:53pm CFB2:

Kudos to the Lady M.

You have presented a tribute that cannot be compared.

You created a complex portrait of an artist I thought I knew, but now realize I only knew superficially.

Now I want to know more.

A simple thank on bended knees.

xxx
  Sun. 2/15/09 8:57pm monica:

Thanks so much CFB2 and ALL who tuned in/posted tonight!! What a joy to play few songs but such an amazing gal... Thanks for the memories, Blossom.
  Sun. 2/15/09 8:57pm John:

Thank you, thank you, Monica! This has been a wonderful show.
I'm trying to cook dinner, but I'm sniffling right now and it's not the onions.
  Sun. 2/15/09 8:58pm Parq:

Okay, it's my turn to ask for indulgence. (Lucky for me I listen to FMU - adherents to the RC Church have to pay for it. I digress.) My very first exposure to the name Blossom Dearie was in Mad Magazine, which proposed albums for chickenhearted people, including "Blossom Dearie Sing For the Leary". When eventually I heard her, I was stunned by how cool she was.
  Sun. 2/15/09 9:02pm Steve L:

I can't imagine anyone topping this memorial. Thank you, Mo!
  Sun. 2/15/09 10:54pm HotRod:

Thanks, Scott!! ;)
  Mon. 2/16/09 1:57am Art:

Driving south from NYC, I caught the last 40 minutes of your program. After hearing "Surrey With The Fringe On Top" and "That's Just The Way I Want It To Be", I fell immediately and madly in love with Blossom Dearie. My ecstasy soon turned to sadness in learning that Ms. Dearie had recently passed. Another wonderful talent who I shall not see in this life...Thank you for presenting such a loving and fitting tribute. Thank goodness I was able to hear most of this special event before your signal faded at Exit 8on the NJ Turnpike...

I sincerely appreciate the long sets, but Please, Please, PLEASE - - do occasionally provide us an on-air station ID. If not for the Internet, I would have never known how to find you guys!
  Mon. 2/16/09 6:03pm Harry Shearer:

A listener to my "Le Show", which had a small Blossom tribute yesterday, forwarded the link to your encyclopedic and lovely tribute. I was turned on to Blossom by Dave Garroway on his short-lived radio show. Then I got to know her a little bit in the 70s. She lived in a special world, as befitted a special talent. Thanks for the show.
  Tue. 2/17/09 8:25am David Cress:

Thank you to my friend in Wilmington Delaware who brought this tribute to my attention. I loved all of Blossom's renditions. One that resonates and follows me to the shower is "Surrey With The Fringe On Top". This was one of my Dad's favorite songs. Blossom transcends the generations.Thankx again Monica.
  Wed. 2/18/09 1:26pm allan:

i never considered that Blossom Dearie could be an acquired taste, because i fell in love with her voice the instant i'd ever heard it, and i'd been a fan ever since! i never saw her live, and now i will miss her Dearie-ly...
  Fri. 3/6/09 1:20pm Bill Goffrier:

I only found out now, thanks to my old friend Steve L, but I really appreciate your tribute to my favorite lady of jazz.
  Mon. 2/22/10 12:26pm catherine b:

Monica, I was just clued into this show. What a lovely collection of Dearie songs! They’ve been brightening up my morning. Thank you.

To any latecomers listening, here is a link to a Blossom Dearie interview. I hope you enjoy it.

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=100436121
  Thu. 8/2/12 2:08pm Katya Oddio:

All these years later and I still recommend this archived show to folks. Thanks, Monica. Well done.
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