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Pamela Rose: Wild Women of Song

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Pamela Rose would make one helluva politician. She’s already a firmly established jazz and blues vocalist bearing a slight physical and musical resemblance to Bette Midler. And like Midler, Rose infuses her live and recorded performances with non-stop energy. The political reference involves her fifth release, sub-titled “Great Gal Composers of the Jazz Era.” She is not only paying lip service to the likes of Peggy Lee and the lesser-known Dorothy Fields, but the seldom-heard-of Ida Cox, Alberta Hunter, and (thanks to Lee Hildebrand’s encyclopedic notes) Bernice Petkere, once known as “the queen of Tin Pan Alley,” who wrote “Close Your Eyes;” “The Girl Gershwin,” Dana Suesse, who wrote “My Silent Love;” and one who actually worked with Gershwin, Kay Swift, who wrote “Can’t We Be Friends.” Pam has become a swinging lobbyist, and we’re the

beneficiaries.

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