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BLOSSOM SEELEY

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BIOGRAPHICAL DETAILS

Full Name: Minnie Guyer

Description: Vocalist, Actress, USA

Known For: Biggest hits included “Way Down Yonder in New Orleans” – “Rose Room,”

Instruments: Vocals

Music Styles: Jazz

Location: United States of America

Date Born: 16th July 1891
Location Born: San Francisco, California, United States of America

Date Died: 17th April 1974
Location Died: New York City, New York, United States of America

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BIOGRAPHICAL PROFILE

Blossom Seeley

An American singer and entertainer.

Seeley was born Minnie Guyer, in San Francisco, USA. A top vaudeville headliner, she was known as the “Queen of Syncopation” and helped bring jazz and ragtime into the mainstream of American music. She introduced the Shelton Brooks classic “Some of These Days” in vaudeville in 1910, one year before Sophie Tucker recorded it in 1911. Seeley herself was a major recording star with a series of solo records in the 1920s, and her biggest hits included “Way Down Yonder in New Orleans,” “Rose Room,” Irving Berlin’s “Lazy”, “Yes Sir, That’s My Baby” and her signature song, “Toddling the Todalo”. She was also featured in two 1933 films, Blood Money with Judith Anderson, and Broadway Through a Keyhole with Russ Columbo and Texas Guinan.

A top vaudeville headliner, she was known as the “Queen of Syncopation” and helped bring jazz and ragtime into the mainstream of American music.

She introduced the Shelton Brooks classic “Some of These Days” in vaudeville in 1910, one year before Sophie Tucker recorded it in 1911.

Seeley herself was a major recording star with a series of solo records in the 1920s, and her biggest hits included “Way Down Yonder in New Orleans,” “Rose Room,” Irving Berlin’s “Lazy”, “Yes Sir, That’s My Baby” and her signature song, “Toddling the Todalo.”

She was also featured in two 1933 films, Blood Money with Judith Anderson and Broadway Thru a Keyhole with Russ Columbo and Texas Guinan.

Seeley was one half of the vaudeville team of Blossom Seeley and Benny Fields and when they played the Palace Theatre in its Golden Era, they always had the No. 1 spot, even when sharing the bill with such stars as Jack Benny, George Burns and Gracie Allen and George Jessel. Burns and Allen would remain their closest lifelong friends.

In 1928, they filmed one of the very first Vitaphone sound shorts, Blossom Seeley and Benny Fields, in which Blossom introduced the song Hello, Bluebird, later re-popularized by Judy Garland in the movie I Could Go On Singing. The story of their marriage and career was made into the movie, Somebody Loves Me (1952) with Betty Hutton and Ralph Meeker, which revived their careers and led to a string of TV appearances on the Ed Sullivan Show.

Seeley and Fields also recorded three LP albums in the 1950s for the Decca, MGM and Mercury labels.

She made two appearances on The Garry Moore Show and sang her version of the Frank Sinatra hit “My Kind of Town” on a 1966 Ed Sullivan Show. Her last TV appearance was with Mike Douglas, which he taped at the nursing home where she was living.

Seeley died in New York City.(aged 87)

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