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Cabaret Singer Short Dies

Cabaret singer Bobby Short died yesterday at age 80 in New York’s Presbyterian Hospital of leukemia. Short’s career lasted over 70 years, the last 37 of which he spent at New York’s Carlyle Hotel.

Short was known for his devotion to the “great American songbook,” singing songs by Cole Porter, Duke Ellington, the Gershwins, Harold Arlen and others. His fans not only included hotel patrons and local New Yorkers, but also Norman Mailer, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Barbara Walters. Short also played the White House for presidents Nixon, Carter, Reagan and Clinton.

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