Thursday, June 05, 2008

Farewell Denise Daye

I just found out that Denise Daye passed away March 27, 2008. She was 55 (born February 18, 1953).  She is pictured here with her husband Eddie (of The Four Bars fame) at Lamont's back in 2006. It was part of a terrific blues show headlined by Theodis Ealey and about there performance I wrote "Eddie Daye & Denise Daye [ ] did a strong set of oldies and soul before Eddie did what is now his signature tune, "I’m No Dirty Old Man, I’m a) Sexy Senior Citizen" simply out to outrace father time. Denise Daye was amazing in both her outfit and youthfulness. Material ranged from doowop to R&B-soul classics (Eddie did an amiable rendition of Tyrone Davis’ "Turn Back the Hands of Time") while Denise did Ike & Tina’s rendition of "Proud Mary."
The two were a DC institution for years and I remember the enthusiasm that Former DC Blues Society President Mike Roach had when talking about them. He even issued some of Eddie's recordings from Eddie's Dayco label in England on Mike's Stella label. She was a tremendous talent who I was privileged to have seen her perform. Belated condolences to Eddie Daye and family.
Here is a an article by Steve Kiviat from the Washington City Paper on Eddie and Denise Daye.

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