Bobby Short biography

Bobby Short

Swing music, Musical Artist

1924 – 2005

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Who was Bobby Short?

Robert Waltrip "Bobby" Short was an American cabaret singer and pianist, best known for his interpretations of songs by popular composers of the first half of the 20th century such as Rodgers and Hart, Cole Porter, Jerome Kern, Harold Arlen, Vernon Duke, Noël Coward and George and Ira Gershwin.

He also championed African-American composers of the same period such as Eubie Blake, James P. Johnson, Andy Razaf, Fats Waller, Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn, presenting their work not in a polemical way, but as simply the obvious equal of that of their white contemporaries.

His dedication to his great love – what he called the "Great American Song" – left him equally adept at performing the witty lyrics of Bessie Smith's "Gimme a Pigfoot" or Gershwin and Duke's "I Can't Get Started." Short stated his favorite songwriters were Ellington, Arlen and Kern, and he was instrumental in spearheading the construction of the Ellington Memorial in New York City.

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Born
Sep 15, 1924
Danville
Also known as
  • Robert Waltrip Short
  • Short, Bobby
  • Robert Waltrip "Bobby" Short
Siblings
Children
Ethnicity
  • African American
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Lived in
  • Danville
Died
Mar 21, 2005
New York City

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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