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July 20, 2009 |
Dee Dee Bellson, 49, the daughter of Broadway entertainer and singer Pearl Bailey and jazz drummer Louie Bellson who went on to craft her own singing career, died July 4 at her home in Charlottesville, Va., after a heart attack, according to her friend and producer Rod Nave. Bailey and Louis Bellson married in London in 1952 and later adopted two children, Dee Dee and Tony. The family settled in Northridge. Dee Dee, who was born April 20, 1960, often traveled with her mother on tour.
February 21, 2009
Re "Louie Bellson, 1924-2009," Obituary, Feb. 17 In the mid-'70s, my band was on the road at the Holiday Inn in Modesto. The drummer and I sat at the pool one afternoon. The only others there were Pearl Bailey and Louie Bellson. We introduced ourselves as members of the band performing in the lounge. Bellson invited us to sit down, and we spent the next half an hour or so talking music. That night Bailey and Bellson listened to our first set. They were gracious and full of enthusiasm, and they encouraged us to follow our dreams.
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March 10, 1991
Concerning Leonard Feather's "24 Years of High Notes," Feb. 17: The caption for Pearl Bailey's photo says she is flashing "I love you" in sign language. Actually she must be gesturing either "Hook 'em Horns" or "Hang loose," because "I love you" required an extended thumb, not a closed one, to signify the letter L. CHRIS LEVERICH Marina del Rey
September 1, 1990 |
The show must and does go on. For Louie Bellson, back in Los Angeles to prepare for his week at Disneyland that begins Sunday, it has been a traumatic time. After the funeral of his wife, Pearl Bailey, he flew west from Philadelphia, spent a day at their home at Lake Havasu, Ariz., then moved in temporarily with his brother, Hank, in the San Fernando Valley. It has also been a time for much decision-making. Friends and family agreed that his career had to continue.
August 23, 1990 |
Mourners wound around the block today to say farewell to singer Pearl Bailey. Deliverance Evangelical Evangelistic Church opened its doors at 10 a.m. for the viewing. The service and burial was set for later today. "I think they should have opened the doors last night," said the Rev. Steven Parks, the West Oak Lane Church of God associate pastor who was among the first inside. Miss Bailey was 72 when she died Friday at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital after collapsing in her hotel room.
August 20, 1990 |
The death of Pearl Bailey, who died Friday at 72, marks a loss not only to show business, but to music, to the world of diplomacy (in recent years she had spent much of her time as a delegate to the United Nations) and to all of us who knew and loved her.