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Monday, February 21, 2005

A bright golden haze on the meadow

Condolences to the family of Broadway star John Raitt, who died yesterday at age 88. Raitt was a little before my time, but his performances on the Great White Way are legendary. "Carousel," "Oklahoma!" -- they were his shows when they first hit the stage. He was a looker, and a great baritone.

I remember some years back, when he performed on the Letterman show with his daughter, Bonnie. He still had that huge presence, and he wasn't shy about upstaging his now-more-famous offspring. They are a special family, and he will be missed, even by those of us who were too young to catch him at the height of his career.

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You can actually see John Raitt in one of his greatest roles. He was kept on as Sid Sorokin in the movie version of The Pajama Game, opposite Doris Day. Although the best songs in the play/movie aren't his, but Carol Haney's (Steam Heat, Hernando's Hideaway).

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