"Someone To Watch Over Me" --A beautiful song for a beautiful lady. When I first heard Susannah McCorkle, I knew she was an original. Shades of Julie Andrews and Mary Martin in appearance, with her page boy haircut and with a voice that had nuances of Billie Holiday with unique phrasing and exquisite musicianship, I knew Susannah McCorkle was destined for stardom, and she achieved it.
"Someone to Watch Over Me" -- Susannah McCorkle performed it many times at New York's, The Cookery, in Greenwich Village, and at Michael's Pub. For over ten years, she played the Algonquin Hotel's Oak Room.
Sadly, on May 19, 2001, Susannah ended her life by jumping out of her 16th story apartment in New York. From reports that I've read, it seems that she had lifelong bouts of depression and an occurance with cancer.
Susannah, to her fans and loved ones, I'd like to dedicate Someone to Watch Over Me to the memory of one of America's greatest pop jazz vocalists of all time. Susannah is up there with the best of them. Dinah Shore, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, Vera Lynn, Gracie Fields. She had it all, the talent, the voice, the personality, and the spirit. She is sorely missed. We love you, Susannah.
Below, quoted by Scott Yanow, All Music Guide"[Susannah McCorkle was] One of the finest interpreters of lyrics active in the jazz world during the 1980s and '90s, Susannah McCorkle did not improvise all that much, but she brought the proper emotional intensity to the words she sang; a lyricist's dream. She moved to England in 1971 where she worked with Dick Sudhalter and Keith Ingham, among others, performing at concerts with such visiting Americans as Bobby Hackett, Ben Webster, and Dexter Gordon. McCorkle sang at the Riverboat jazz room in Manhattan during 1975 (gaining a lot of attention) and recorded two albums in England (tributes to Harry Warren and Johnny Mercer) that were released domestically by Inner City. By 1980, she was back in the U.S., recording a Yip Harburg set and a fourth album for Inner City. After that label folded, McCorkle switched over to Pausa but by the late '80s was recording regularly for Concord. She expanded her pre-bop repertoire to include Brazilian songs and blues and, by the mid-'90s, Susannah McCorkle was at the top of her field. Tragically, career disappointments exacerbated her chronic depression (a condition she kept well-hidden), resulting in her suicide in May of 2001 in New York City."
"She may have been the finest of all the cabaret artists that we've had at the Oak Room," said Arthur Pomposello, manager of the famous nightspot in Manhattan's Algonquin Hotel. "In fact, she may have been the best jazz singer working in cabaret, and that's a credit to her talent."Dorothy Loyd, California song stylist, sings the standards, the torch songs, and the classics of the thirties, the forties, and the fifties. She looks forward to entertaining at your next special event.
Many thanks to Jack Nye, a wonderful pianist who accompanied me on this beautiful recording in his private studio in North Hollywood, California.
For booking, contact Dorothy Loyd
Created on ... May 11, 2003
Updated on June 26, 2006