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Remembering Sylvia Syms.

Jazz singer Sylvia Syms passed away yesterday at the age of 74. She had a heart attack just as she finished a performance at the Algonquin Hotel. Syms was known as the quintessential saloon singer, and foremost among her admirers was Frank Sinatra, who produced and conducted a 1982 album of standards called "Syms By Sinatra." Her one hit was "I could Have Danced All Night," from the 1956 musical "My Fair Lady." Her nightclub career spanned 51 years. Today we rebroadcast highlights of Terry's interview with Sylvia Syms, which originally aired on June 14th, 1988.


Other segments from the episode on May 11, 1992

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, May 11, 1992: Interview with David Maybury-Lewis; Interview with David W. Moore; Obituary for Sylvia Sims.


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