Annabelle Allan Short (25 July 1930 – 21 July 2020)
I knew Annie most of my life – she was to me a guardian, a teacher, a companion, a tutor, an educator, a babysitter and a dear, dear friend. When my Dad was busy with Record Labels and Meetings for the group Annie was my guardian and companion – we roamed all over NYC hanging with all the signatories.. great times!! I’m unable to provide direct from this site links to her discography and filmography (yes she was also an actress – most notably in Superman II) but the lists are fairly accurate and complete – you can find what you want here in the WikiPedia post below.. there are numerous links and references to her other works from here as well. She was a Lyricist and Songwriter in her own right as well .. worth a listen to all!
“Music is Forever” is especially a favorite of mine, lyrics by her..
YouTube selections available now.. her music is being “stolen” by internet thieves – moved to a Pay Wall site – and trying to charge for recordings that are IN THE FUCKIN’ PUBLIC DOMAIN!!! They’re taking them down as I write this post.. hopefully there are still some left.
Annabelle Allan Short (25 July 1930 – 21 July 2020), known professionally as Annie Ross, was a British-American singer and actress, best known as a member of the jazz vocal trio Lambert, Hendricks & Ross.
Ross was born in Mitcham, London, the daughter of Scottish vaudevillians John “Jack” Short and Mary Dalziel Short (née Allan). Her brother was Scottish entertainer and theatre producer and director Jimmy Logan. At the age of four, she traveled to New York by ship with her family; she later recalled that they “got the cheapest ticket, which was right in the bowels of the ship”.
At the end of tenth grade, she left school, changed her name to Annie Ross, and went to Europe, where she established her singing career. She changed her surname to Ross during the plane trip to Prestwick; in a 2011 interview, she said, “My aunt was very fanciful and she said I had an Irish grandmother called Ross, so that’s where that surname came from”.
In 1952, Ross met Prestige Records owner Bob Weinstock, who asked her to write lyrics to a jazz solo in a similar way to King Pleasure, a practice that would later be known as vocalese. The next day, she presented him with “Twisted“, a treatment of saxophonist Wardell Gray‘s 1949 composition of the same name, a classic example of the genre. The song, first released in 1952 (later collected on the album King Pleasure Sings/Annie Ross Sings), was an underground hit, and resulted in her winning Down Beat magazine’s New Star award.