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Barry Lloyd San Francisco’s first class entertainer and pianist presented an 80 minute song fest of little known comedy and romantic songs of Cole Porter under the title “A Swell Party” at Society Cabaret in the Hotel Rex on Saturday night. The cabaret artist is rightly called “King of the Cabaret” who received a Drama-Logue Award for outstanding performance in 2000 for his Cole Porter show.
Barry Lloyd with his distinguishing controlled baritone voice and skillfully playing the piano brought back those wonderful golden days at the Blue Angel in New York in the middle 50’s where I used to listen profoundly to the clever lyrics from the legendary Cole Porter. The phrasing of each Cole Porter song was flawless. There is a sophistication of a Bobby Short about him.
Barry Lloyd told the packed room that he would not be singing many of Cole Porter’s biggest hits. He said that Cole Porter wrote an amazing 800 songs and he would singing some of the lessor known tunes. He went immediately into side-splitting song “Well, Did You Eveh?” from “Dubarry was a Lady” quickly followed by (I’m a) Gigolo from the 1929 production of “Wake Up and Dream”
Most of the songs Barry sang were relatively unknown such as the comedy songs “Pets” from “Let’s Face It”, “Farming” from “Let’s Face It”, “It Ain’t Etiquette” from “Dubarry was a Lady” , “I Sleep Easier Now” from “Out of this World” and “Mister and Missus Fitch” from the Astaire-Rodger’s 1932 film “The Gay Divorcee”.
There were romantic songs from the fabled composer beautifully sung by Barry including the composer’s first popular love song “I’m in Love Again” from “Greenwich Follies”. Also included under romantic songs were “At Long Last Love” (the composer wrote the lyrics to this song after his horrific fall from a horse while waiting for an ambulance). Barry was pitch perfect singing the sensual song “Rub Your Lamp” from “Let’s Face It”. There was a swing version of “Can-Can” from the 1953 Broadway hit “Can-Can” that was melodic. He was transcendent building up the song “I Happen to Like New York” to a great crescendo. One of the songs that Barry discovered was the unknown lovely song called “My Broth of a Boy” which had lyrics based on an Irish Lullaby. It was from an un-produced film called “Mississippi Belle”.
Barry Lloyd did regale the audience with two of Cole Porter’s most popular songs “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” from “Born to Dance” and “Use Your Imagination” from “Out of this World”.
Christopher Blacke of Yerba Buena Magazine says it best about this singer “If you never heard of Barry Lloyd, you’ve missed a rare talent”. I second that statement. Barry played at the Society Cabaret both Friday and Saturday. It is hoped he will return to the showplace in the future to sing other great composer’s songs.
For a lineup of upcoming Society Cabaret artists go to www.societycabaret.com