|Genres:||Jazz Pop / Rock Vocals|
|Tags:||jazz female vocalists jazz vocal vocal jazz piano|
|Decades:||1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
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28 April 1928, East Durham, New York, USA. A singer, pianist and songwriter, with a wispy, little-girlish voice, Dearie is regarded as one of the great supper club singers. Her father was of Scottish and Irish descent; her mother emigrated from Oslo, Norway. Dearie is said to have been given her unusual first name after a neighbour brought peach blossoms to her house on the day she was born. She began taking piano lessons when she was five, and studied classical music until she was in her teens, when she played in her high school dance band and began to listen to jazz. Early influences included Art Tatum, Count Basie, Duke Ellington and Martha Tilton, who sang with the Benny Goodman band.
Dearie graduated from high school in the mid-40s and moved to New York City to pursue a music career. She joined the Blue Flames, a vocal group within the Woody Herman big band, and then sang with the Blue Reys, a similar formation in the Alvino...