BARRY LLOYD SINGS MURRAY GRAND AT SOCIETY CABARET
BARRY LLOYD SINGS MURRAY GRAND AT SOCIETY CABARET.
Barry Lloyd one of San Francisco’s popular entertainer and pianist presented a 80 minute tribute to the little known composer and lyricist Murray Grand at Society Cabaret on September 19th and 20th.
The cabaret artist who is so rightly known as “The King of Cabaret” capably sung 20 songs with his distinguished controlled baritone voice and dexterously playing the piano many unfamiliar songs by this composer.
Murray Grand wrote songs for the New Face’s revue of the 50’s and probably is best known for “Guess Who I Saw Today” sung by my friend June Carroll in “New Faces of 1952”. He also wrote for Peggy Lee, Eartha Kitt, Paula West, Blossom Dearie, Toni Tennille, Eyde Gorme and Michael Feinstein. Many of Murray Grand’s songs are hilarious songs like “April in Fairbanks” from New Faces of 1956 and introduced by Jane Connell and the very funny “You Must Remember to Forget” in which every silent and talky movie star is named. I can’t forget the comical “Hungry” from “New Faces of 68” or the song recorded by Dody Goodman called “I’d Rather Cha-Cha Than Eat”. All sung by the King of Cabaret in a very droll manner. You almost thought that this composer/lyricist was America’s answer to Noel Coward.
There were romantic songs from the composer beautifully sung by Barry such as “Not a Moment Too Soon!” recorded in 1960 by Peggy Lee or “Comment Allez Vous” recorded by Blossom Dearie or “So This is Paris” from 1956 from “Four Below” presented at Julius Monk’s Downstairs. Barry was pitch perfect singing “You Will be Loved” recorded by Paula West in 1960.
Barry Lloyd exquisitely and poignantly sung Murray Grand most famous song “Guess Who I Saw Today?”. He also emotionally sung “Thursday’s Child” that was recorded in 1955 by Eartha Kitt. He was upbeat singing “Too Old to be Young” and the witty song “Up Yours”. The consummated artist also sang “Love at an Auction” that was cut from “New Faces of 1958” introduced by Maggie Smith. You could almost here in the lyrics that it would be a type of song that the great British actress would sing.
I’ve said it before and I say it again if you never heard of Barry Lloyd, you’ve missed a great talent. It is hoped that he will again appear at Society Cabaret with another tribute to a composer.
Coming up on September 26 & 27 Jai Rodriguez who was in the series “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” and “Malibu Country” opposite Reba McEntire and Lily Tomlin making him the first male to garner fame from a reality series to become a series regular on Network TV. Most recently Jai wrapped season 5 and 6 of The Horizon Series in Sydney Australia, the world’s most viewed gay web series. On Broadway he also appeared in “Rent”.