Bobby Short

Cabaret Singer and Pianist
Born Sep 15, 1924

Robert Waltrip "Bobby" Short was an American cabaret singer and pianist, best known for his interpretations of songs by popular composers of the first half of the 20th century such as Rodgers and Hart, Cole Porter, Jerome Kern, Harold Arlen, Vernon Duke, Noël Coward and George and Ira Gershwin. He also championed African-American composers of the same period such as Eubie Blake, James P.… Read More

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1924 Birth Born on September 15, 1924.


1968 43 Years Old In 1968 he was offered a two-week stint at the Café Carlyle in New York City, to fill in for George Feyer. … Read More
1972 47 Years Old In 1972, he performed the theme song to James Ivory's film Savages.


1976 51 Years Old In 1976, Short sang and appeared in a commercial for Revlon's perfume "Charlie."
1981 56 Years Old In 1981, he made a cameo appearance on The Love Boat in a two-part episode.


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1991 66 Years Old In 1991, Short made a guest appearance as blues musician Ches Collins on the TV series In the Heat of the Night in the episode "Sweet, Sweet Blues". … Read More
1994 69 Years Old He reprised the role of Ches Collins in the 1994 episode "Ches and the Grand Lady".
1999 74 Years Old Short appeared in his final film role, in Man of the Century, in 1999. … Read More
2000 75 Years Old In 2000, the Library of Congress designated Short a Living Legend, a recognition established as part of its bicentennial celebration. … Read More
2004 79 Years Old In 2004, Short announced plans to end his regular appearances at the Café Carlyle by the end of the year. … Read More
2005 81 Years Old On March 21, 2005, Short died of leukemia at New York Presbyterian Hospital. … Read More
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