BLOSSOM DEARIE

 

Blossom's death was a sad loss for those of us who worked on Schoolhouse Rock. Particularly for Bob and Dave Frishberg, both of whom worked closely with her over the years.

 

Bob first asked Blossom to sing for us when he wrote Figure Eight. The unique innocence of Blossom's voice over Bob's cello counter melody produced an almost haunting sound. So you can imagine what a thrill it was for me when Bob suggested we ask Blossom to sing my first try at a Schoolhouse Rock song, Unpack Your Adjectives.

 

One of the things I admired most about Blossom is what a superb accompanist she was. Her playing built a very sympathetic platform for her voice and it never got in her own way.

 

But by the early 1970s, major record labels were switching to rock 'n' roll and showed little interest in her work. She started her own company, Daffodil Records, and one of her early albums, "My New Celebrity Is You," included eight of her own compositions. The album's title number was written by Johnny Mercer and is believed to be one of his last compositions before his death in 1976.

 

Blossom performed on several "Schoolhouse Rock!" songs, including "Mother Necessity," "Figure Eight" and "Unpack Your Adjectives."

 

Blossom was also known for performing several songs by Frishberg, including "Peel Me a Grape,"  "My Attorney Bernie." and "I'm Hip" which was a collaboration between Dave and Bob.

 

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