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Mary Cleere Haran, cabaret singer was 58

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

image The acclaimed interpreter of the American songbook with San Francisco roots whose pop-jazz style echoed big band singers of the ‘40s, died Saturday after being struck by a car while bicycling near her Florida home. The daughter of a theater and film professor at San Francisco City College, she moved to New York in the ‘70s and made her theatrical debut as a band singer in “The 1940s Radio Hour.” Numerous off Broadway productions followed, along with a recurring TV role as a nightclub singer in the A&E crime series “100 Centre Street.” Obituary: New York Times

Add Haran: When legendary cabaret singer Blossom Dearie died two years ago, a friend asked Haran to record her memories of her. You can find the video on Haran’s Facebook page, which is filled with tributes. There’s also this wonderful Haran rendition of “For Now,” from a 2006 supper club appearance.

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