Short (accompanied by Beverly Peer on bass and Dick Sheridan on drums) became an institution at the Carlyle, as Feyer had been before him, and remained there as a featured performer for over 35 years. There, a combination of traits – his seemingly effortless elegance; his vocal phrasing (perfected, as was that of Frank Sinatra, at the feet of Miss Mabel Mercer, with perhaps also some help from Ethel Waters); his talent for presenting unknown songs worth knowing while keeping well known songs fresh; his infectious good cheer; and his resolute, self-disciplined professionalism – earned him great respect and made him tremendously popular. Bobby Short was generous with his impromptu all-night performances at his various favorite cafes and restaurants. He was a regular patron at Ted Hook's Backstage, located at Eighth Avenue and Forty-Fifth Street. 1972: Short sings theme song in James Ivory's film Savages. 1976: Short sings and appears in a commercial for Revlon's perfume "Charlie." 1985: Short sings and appears in the beginning portion of the Misfits of Science theme song. 1986: Short appears in the Woody Allen film Hannah and Her Sisters.
Then Allen used his recording "I Happen To Like New York" for opening title of Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993). 1991: Short stars as blues musician Ches Collins on the TV series In the Heat of the Night in which he sings the title track, Sweet, Sweet Blues. 1994: Short reprises his role as blues musician Ches Collins on the TV series In the Heat of the Night. 1999: Short appears in the Movie "Man of the Century" 2000: The Library of Congress designates Short a Living Legend, a recognition established as part of its bicentennial celebration. 2003: Short sings and plays piano in at least one episode of 7th Heaven on TV. 2004: Short announces he will end his regular appearances at the Café Carlyle by the end of the year, in favor of touring, traveling and spending time with friends. 2005: Short dies of leukemia at New York Presbyterian Hospital on March 21, 2005, aged 80 and is buried in Atherton Cemetery in Danville, Illinois, the city of his birth. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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