Bobby Cole died a tragic death in a NY gutter outside of the club at which he was performing on December 19, 1997. He apparently
fell, cracking his head on the curb, where he lay motionless for some time until someone finally called "911".
During his career, among his many acomplishments, he was the musical director for Judy Garland at her final Palace
performance, recorded for Columbia and for years was the "house band" at Sinatra's legenday "watering hole",
"Jilly's". It was there that he started to develop his cult following.
As time goes by we will be
adding pictures of Bobby and other information that fans will appreciate.
This site is maintained with the
help of Bobby's closest friend, Jack Lonshein and Ron Meyers, jazzman4133.
Just released. A Different Journey
is pleased to present it's second release in less than a year. Like the first, "Gone....But Not Forgotten", this
CD presents the work of Bobby Cole. Bobby died on December 19, 1997, but his work lives on, thanks in part to his mentor and
friend, Jack Lonshein.
This is an unusual album. There are 29 tunes and one brief
piano solo, all of which
are part of a rehearsal on a cold
winter's afternoon at Bobby's NYC apartment. Bobby talks
his way through the opening
of each and procedes to
rehearse what you've just heard him describe. Normally
Bobby performed with a trio but
here you are alone with
Bobby and his piano.
We wanted to publish this lovely letter from a fan...
"Thought you all might
be interested...I left this message at
wrote this unabashed commercial for this CD, issued in memory of a fine musician I enjoyed in my '20s. Maybe it'll help sell
a few CDs and spread the unique music of Bobby Cole...
The new CD of Bobby Cole's 1964 album, "A Point of View,"
is WONDERFUL! I had not heard these great originals of Bobby's in 30 years, until one night DJ Tony Mowod played a cut on
WDUQ-FM, Pittsburgh, PA's (great) jazz station. What a marvelous songwriter-pianist-singer Bobby Cole was. The
CD is pure
excitement, beauty, darkness, talent--gorgeous music. The 12 original 1964 cuts are best; the newer ones are too "commercial"
Don't miss "Status Quo," "I'm Growing Old," "You Could Hear a Pin Drop,"...oh, heck, the whole thing! Discovering
the late Bobby Cole is like Discovering the late Eva Cassidy--a bittersweet experience to hear these gifted musicians and
know they are gone. To order the CD, go to www.jazzmanrecords.com & e-mail them. I got a quick response, and my $20 brought
the CD promptly. If you love hearing great songs from a true American original, don't miss Bobby Cole...gone but not forgotten!
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