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Blossom Seely



One of the headlining vaudeville song belters of the 1910s and 20s, Blossom Seely partnered with Benny Fields in a comic act that toured America in a perpetual loop for years. More a rhythm singer than a balladeer, Seely over the course of her career became more influenced by black women blue singers in her inflections. She recorded many releasesĀ and made hits of "Rose Room," "Way Down Yonder in New Orleans," and "Lazy."

Zany, saucy, and fun-loving rather than sentimental, she performed with arms akimbo, sashaying about the stage. Her vocal range tended lower than many vaudeville singers, giving her a acoustic distinctiveness. She appeared in several sound films, including one of the first Vitaphone Sound Shorts. David S. Shields/ALS