- Category : Entertain-Music-Instrumentalist
- Type : ME
- Profile : 1/3 - Investigating / Martyr
- Definition : Single
- Incarnation Cross : RAX Eden 3
American musician, as much a symbol of Manhattan as the Empire State Building. He epitomizes the glamorous New York of the art deco 1930's. For more than 25 years he had been bringing audiences cheek to chic with "Cole and Noel" at New York's Cafe Carlyle. He calls himself a saloon singer, but does two shows a night in some of New York's most elegant lounges and performed at the White House in 1970. With a trademark gravelly voice, he sings witty and incisive lyrics with flawless elocution and phrase. He has appeared in a few films and made a couple TV appearances.
He was the ninth of ten kids in a poor but musical black family. As a child prodigy, he taught himself to play and sing entirely by ear. By the age of 11 he was performing at weddings, conventions, roadhouses and on the vaudeville circuit. While a youth, he also met many of music's greatest and acquired knowledge of art, classical music, architecture and opera.
On March 21, 2005 the incomparable cabaret singer and jazz pianist died of leukemia at NY Presbyterian Hospital. An AP report called him a “fixture” at his piano in the elegant Carlyle Hotel in New York, where he had entertained his audience for more than 35 years. Bobby Short was 80 years old.