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Phyllis Diller & Thomas Lauderdale (of Pink Martini) - Smile (first take)

Heinz Records on August 20, 2012 22:10

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    We are heartbroken to hear the news of the passing of the legendary Phyllis Diller. Thomas had the incredible opportunity to meet her the day after our New Year's Eve concerts in Los Angeles this year. One month later he traveled to Los Angeles to Phyllis' house and recorded Charlie Chaplin's "Smile" in her living room. Here is that recording:

    Polaroid photograph by Thomas Lauderdale in Phyllis Diller's living room, January 2012.

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    7 timed comments and 6 regular comments

    • whoismdrf
      whoismdrf at 2.01 on March 16, 2014 10:09

      Phyllis is heaven on earth. And this music heals wounds.

    • tuskPDX
      tuskPDX at 2.46 on November 17, 2013 09:59

      God bless you, Phyllis. You are family and will always be in my heart.

    • BigGuy Sam
    • Rafael Faria
      Rafael Faria at 2.37 on August 22, 2012 23:25

      Now I want China Forbes to sing this song too

    • Winston Saunders
    • REL1954
      REL1954 at 1.57 on August 22, 2012 12:55

      An incredible woman who made us all SMILE

    • Surfer John
      Surfer John on August 22, 2012 03:06

      This will become a classic. Two of the most beautiful artists in the World unfolding together. No reherssal, no time to memorize lines. Just a spontaneous combustion of energy, enthusiasm, love and pure emotion culminating in something beautiful and everlasting.

    • Surfer John
      Surfer John on August 22, 2012 03:06

      This will become a classic. Two of the most beautiful artists in the World unfolding together. No reherssal, no time to memorize lines. Just a spontaneous combustion of energy, enthusiasm, love and pure emotion culminating in something beautiful and everlasting.

    • Tracy Mangold
      Tracy Mangold on August 21, 2012 14:32

      This made me cry. Loved her.

    • psg2103
      psg2103 on August 21, 2012 06:11

      A whole new dimension to Phyllis DIller. Thank you!

    • Sylvia Partridge
      Sylvia Partridge on August 21, 2012 06:01

      Very moving! Thanks for sharing the Phyllis Diller aloha! To be authentic, Iʻm thinking that this might refer first and foremost to the inner smile as it blossoms into the outer smile! Sylvia

    • jazzeur
      jazzeur at 1.16 on August 21, 2012 02:46

      She was à gréât lady. Rest in péage.

    • Glass of Class Jazz Divas
      Glass of Class Jazz Divas on August 21, 2012 01:18

      Thomas thank you so much for posting this lovely clip of you and Phyllis Diller singing this it's ever so bitter sweet to hear her voice singing this piece. This is one of my favorites to sing as a late set song when there are just a few people left in the club and it's oh so nice and quiet. I love the way your fingers dance across the keys, and the sound of Phyllis's voice is so kind and sincere. I was surprized to hear on the news earlier this evening that she was a concert pianist!!! I would have loved to hear her play! I'm planning to get tickets for the Houston TX concert when the your ensemble comes to here in May 2013...I can't wait!!! Are you all going to head for the Lobby in Jones Hall like you did in Austin!!!...I can't wait to see you all again....that was lovely! Glass of Class Diva..BeBe

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