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Sunday, January 27, 2008

Voicemail question on Blossom Dearie

A listener called in to the Dreamtime voicemail line asking where I had found my information on Blossom's "retirement" to Woodstock, as many of her fans are concerned about her well-being, since both Daffodil Records and Blossom's own web site are closed.

I should clarify that "retirement" is an inference I made, since Blossom is in her eighties now, and the tone of the comment made on Blossom's Verve Records page indicated that she was no longer working. That comment (scroll down the page) made in November, 2007 notes, "She's 80 years old and lives in Woodstock, NY. And until recently has performed regularly in New York City."

Blossom was still performing at Danny's Skylight Room as late as August 2006, according to this New York Times listing. Danny's closed in late 2006/early 2007, and as far as I can determine, Blossom Dearie hasn't performed publicly since 2006.

Dreamtime tends to get a lot of traffic through search engines, so somebody with more information may pass through and share it. Wherever you are, Blossom, you have many fans who wish you well.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

There used to be a site on Angelfire, which has been shut down (I'm not sure why) which claimed to be her own site. At one point - last summer, I think - there was a note, supposedly from Blossom Dearie, referring to the closure of Danny's, and saying that she was looking for a new home to perform in and hoped to make an announcement shortly. I think she also said that she was recording at that point. Assuming that really was from her, it indicates that at least as of last summer, she hadn't considered herself fully retired.