My friend died today.
I’d known Margaret’s pure, crystal clear voice long before we met. And once we met, we became fast friends and remained close for over 40 years.
My parents loved her music and played her recordings often. The first time I heard Margaret Whiting sing Moonlight in Vermont, I was in awe.
I was in college and had just turned 17 when I landed a job as an announcer for a beautiful music station in Wichita, Kansas. KARD FM had a hard playlist created by the program director and a Margaret Whiting song was on the schedule every couple of hours or so. Even though the music rotation was set in stone I managed to slip in an extra Whiting tune every now and then. Listen to one of her songs. You’ll know why.
To my Zelda—my nickname for Margaret: Thanks for the romps over the years through Atlanta, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York. Thanks for the hugs and fun at Studio One, Studio 54, the Mocambo, the Fairmount, the Coconut Grove. Thanks for breaking bread with me all those times at Joe Allen.
Thanks for bringing me on-stage with you even though you knew I couldn’t sing a note. Thanks for sharing me with your mother—Eleanor was a pip and I loved her turbans. And, thanks for enjoying the many rides in my MG.
You were always up for anything—and, I’ll bet you still are. Now then, share your music with the angels and don’t forget to open with an up-tune.
And I’ll sign this post, F. Scott. And I know that you know why.
P.S. As I told you when we visited last year, I was so jealous of Jack—but only around the edges, dear. Only around the edges.