Friday, February 29, 2008
For my last post during Black History Month I thought I'd complete two tasks with a single action, and so choose a duet by gospel legend Mahalia Jackson and birthday gal Dinah Shore.
Shore's career began in the Big Band era; although her auditions for the titans of the genre (Benny Goodman and both Jimmy Dorsey and his brother Tommy Dorsey) all flopped, her clear voice, wholesome image, and straightforward phrasing nevertheless shone through, making her an enduring favourite to this day, more than a decade after her February 1994 death.
Even more so than her recordings, film and television appearances, Dinah Shore's most enduring legacy may just be the golf tournament held every March in Palm Springs, which is a red letter day in any power lesbian's calendar.
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