Friday, July 24, 2020


I had a crush on Annie Ross the first time I heard her sing, on the first album she made with Jon Hendricks and Dave Lambert—Sing A Song Of Basie. And then in 1960 when I was 18 and a disc jockey at Saint Bonaventure's in upstate New York (before I got kicked out), I got to meet and interview her, though I was so starstruck I don't remember much, just how passionate I felt about her and her music.

The only other connection to her I have was the movie Pump Up The Volume. She had a role in it (she was an actress as well as a singer and songwriter), and some lines of a poem of mine ("The Healing") were used in the climactic speech by Christin Slater's character. She went through some hard times, but the music recordings and film and TV roles she left behind transcend all that. Happy she had such a long run.

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