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Cheryl Bentyne: Night Turns to Day

After physical and personal turmoil, the Manhattan Transfer singer gets back to work

Cheryl Bentyne

If Cole Porter were around to describe Cheryl Bentyne’s past year, he might suggest “De-Lousy.” It’s been a bumpy ride for the Manhattan Transfer soprano, beginning with an amicable but emotionally taxing separation from her husband, pianist and composer Corey Allen, then escalating to a fierce battle with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. But Porter is figuring into her recovery. Recorded three years ago for the Japanese market, Bentyne’s The Cole Porter Songbook, retitled Let’s Misbehave, was released domestically on the Summit label earlier this summer, coinciding with her return to music and good health.

Last fall, during a breakneck tour of Europe, Bentyne knew something was physically wrong. Her longtime bandmates grew equally concerned. “She was losing weight, wasn’t sleeping and was always exhausted,” says the Transfer’s Janis Siegel. “She’d still sing her ass off every night, but then would retreat to her room. We tried to get her to go to an emergency room, but she insisted she wanted to wait until she got home.”

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