Show Business: Saga of a Saloon Singer

From the Café Carlyle to the White House, Bobby Short is In

Some people are happy in their delusions, and Bobby Short is one of them: he insists upon calling himself a saloon singer. Oh, yes, he will admit, there is no sawdust on the floor of Manhattan's Café Carlyle, where he has been singing and playing the piano for the past 13 years. And, yes, he always works in a dinner jacket tailored on Savile Row—one of ten that hang in his closet. Still, he is quite certain that he is, was and always has been a saloon singer. But then,...

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