Short, Bobby [Robert] (Waltrip)
- Samuel S. Brylawski
(b Danville, IL, Sept 15, 1926; d New York, March 21, 2005). American popular singer and pianist. He taught himself to play piano as a child, and was sometimes referred to as ‘the miniature Fats Waller’. He began recording in 1954 but the turning-point in his career came in 1968, when the recording of a highly successful joint concert with Mabel Mercer in Town Hall, New York, was well received; in the same year he began what was to become a longstanding engagement at the Café Carlyle in New York. In the early 1970s he recorded a series of albums, each one with music by a different composer; most notable was one devoted to songs by Cole Porter, which contributed to a resurgence of interest in the composer and did much to broaden Short’s following. He continued his association with Mercer; they gave their third concert together at Carnegie Hall in ...