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Singer And Composer Murray Grand Dies


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MURRAY GRAND, a composer, lyricist and pianist best known for his song GUESS WHO I SAW TODAY, died last week (07MAR07) in California. He was 87.
Grand, a longtime New York City cabaret singer and pianist, died of emphysema in Santa Monica.
Guess Who I Saw Today, which Grand co-wrote with ELISSE BOYD, was introduced by JUNE CARROLL in the hit Broadway revue LEONARD STILLMAN's NEW FACES OF 1952.
It was later recorded by EYDIE GORME, NANCY WILSON, Carmen McRae and SARAH VAUGHAN and listed as one of the 25 most important nightclub songs of all time in a recorded anthology compiled by the Smithsonian Institution.
Grand, who also contributed to the 1956 and 1968 editions of New Faces, wrote the songs COME BY SUNDAY, which was recorded by JERI SOUTHERN and Thursday'S CHILD, recorded by Eartha Kitt and NOT A MOMENT TOO SOON, recorded by MABEL MERCER, PEGGY LEE and MARLEN VERPLANCK.
Beginning in the late 1940s when he began performing at the Fireside Inn in Manhattan, Grand sang and played piano over the next several decades at a variety of nightspots.
He also appeared a pianist in the films TEMPEST and MOSCOW ON THE HUDSON. Most recently he composed specialty music for the Joan Collins/Linda Evans revival tour of LEGENDS!

Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling Review


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Richard Pryor, phone home. In this terribly autobiographical tale, we see Pryor as ghost/angel, looking back on his life -- working his way through the seedy clubs, making it big on Ed Sullivan, and self-destructing on booze and drugs. Of course, the real Pryor never set himself on fire... In any case, Jo Jo Dancer is certainly a heartfelt and cautionary tale a la Gia, but it lacks much in the way of plot development, action, and a reason to care about Jo Jo one way or the other. I fell asleep more than once.
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