Remembering Bobby Short on the day after the anniversary of his death at age 80 in 2005.
Short was famous for calling himself a saloon singer, which made him sound like the guy you wanted to go to Karaoke Monday with. Hardly.
His home bar was the Cafe Carlyle at The Carlyle hotel on Manhattan’s Upper East Side — we shudder to ask what the drinks cost, let alone the rooms.
But the best bargain there was Short, who performed standards on the rocks — heavy on the Cole Porter — for more than 35 years for New York’s elite. Of course, you could avoid the cover or two-drink minimums and elbow-rubbing by buying an album.
From Enid Nemy’s New York Times obit on Short (link below): “Over the years, Mr. Short transcended the role of cabaret entertainer to become a New York institution and a symbol of civilized Manhattan culture.”