FROM WIKIPEDIA COMMONS
Georgia Gibbs (born Frieda Lipschitz; August 17, 1918 – December 9, 2006) was an American popular singer and vocal entertainer rooted in jazz. Already singing publicly in her early teens, Gibbs first achieved acclaim (and notoriety) in the mid-1950s interpreting songs originating with the black rhythm and blues community and later as a featured vocalist on a long list of radio and television variety and comedy programs. Her key attribute was tremendous versatility and an uncommon stylistic range from melancholy ballad to uptempo swinging jazz and rock and roll.
In 1970 she married foreign correspondent and author Frank Gervasi, biographer of Israeli prime minister Menachem Begin, and whose books include To Whom Palestine?, The Case for Israel, The Real Rockefeller and The Violent Decade. They had first met in Paris in the 1930s, but lost touch with one another for 12 years. The marriage lasted until his death in 1990; they had one child who predeceased Georgia.
Georgia Gibbs died of leukemia on December 9, 2006, aged 88, at New York’s Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Survivors included grandson Sacha Gervasi (from her husband’s previous marriage), her brother Robert Gibson and nieces Patty Turk, Jody (Babydoll) Gibson, and Jody’s sister Amy. Gibbs’ last interview, conducted by Greg Adams, was subsequently published online.
Interest in Gibbs’ work has enjoyed a revival with the re-issue on CD of long unavailable material. In her 2006 book, Great Pretenders: My Strange Love Affair With 50s Pop Music, Newsweek music critic Karen Schoemer wrote: “What really turned me around, though, were her R&B covers… Georgia was the rare fifties canary with a genuine flair for rock and roll… by the time I was through listening… I had a healthy new respect for Georgia, and a sense of indignation over her neglect by critics.”
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How can I tell if an egg is fresh?
In water, a fresh egg will rest flat on its side at the bottom of the pan. A stale egg will stand up on the broad end. If the egg floats, it’s most likely spoiled.
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It is a characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things. —Henry David Thoreau
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If your woodstove requires an 8-inch-diameter stovepipe, the chimney flue it hooks up to should be 8 inches wide.
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The Beaver State.(Name the U.S. state!)
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