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Perry Blackwell

I love the 1959 movie "Pillow Talk" which starred Doris Day and Rock Hudson.
 One of the reasons why it's in my top movie selection is because of the Singer/Actress Perry Blackwell.
She only had one scene in the movie and she sang for most of that scene, but what she did with her expressions and mannerisms spoke much much more. She was also in the 1960 movie "Dead Ringer" with Bette Davis and Karl Malden. There is not much info on her available, but I did discover via a message written by her daughter, that she is a classically trained Pianist and self taught organist.
She played Hammond Organ for years. Also she played with  Sonny Stitt, Wes Montgomery Bros. , Roy Milton and  Louis Jordan.
She worked many gigs around such people as Nancy Wilson, Aretha Franklin, Quincy Jones, Joe Williams, Freddie Hubbard, Jackie Wilson and Red Foxx.
She worked on the New York jazz scence for a few years, Best known for her 7 year stint at The Parisian Room in Los Angeles and her fantastic wigs.
As of 2009, she  lives with her daughter, RonE Lee in AZ.

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  1. Thanks for introducing me to Perry Blackwell. I have seen Pillow Talk (many, many, many moons ago) as a child. Unfortunate-for-me, I do not recall seeing Ms. Perry's scene. Guess I'll have to see if the movie is available on Netflix and fast forward to her scene or see if I can find a video of her on Youtube.

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  2. That's my favorite scene from the movie. I'm glad you found it.

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  3. Had not heard of her and had not seen Pillow Talk. That was a wonderful scene. Thanks Debbie. I little ironic that you are discussing her now considering the Rock Hudson and Doris Day 12" dolls just became available. Your painting of Ms. Perry Blackwell is spot on.

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  4. Couldn't sleep tonight & caught the movie Pillowtalk. I especially enjoyed the scene with Perry Blackwell & that's how I found this blog, wanting to see if there were any other movies with her in them. Thanks for taking the time to write this up. I would love to find any albums she may have done.

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  5. I'm watching Pillow Talk on MeTv as I type and had to look up the actress/singer who played the lounger singer. It's too bad there isn't more of her "out there". I thought that she, in her short scene, gave much-needed life to this trite little bit of Hollywood fluff.

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  6. Watching Pillow Talk now. Apparently this is a common search when watching this movie-- Who is the singer/piano player in Pillow Talk??
    I love your representation of Perry Blackwell!! A great tribute to her and her memorable scene. Thanks for the info about her!

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    1. Her name is Big P, thats my grandma and his likeness is SUPER CLOSE to the real thing

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    2. Welcome. I told her about this site this weekend and she remember the art work and was so happy to know folkscare about her.

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    3. Love that scene. She was amazing. I always rewind it over and over.

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  7. I am her granddaughter and she would love to know there is a fan club out there. These comments warm my heart.

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  8. She loves you all. Her 91 bad is coming up. I want her to be alive at leadt another 10yrs.

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    1. Thats awesome, Tell her we LOVE her. Especially me. :-)

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    2. Please do a Wikipedia article on her. She was significant and should not be forgotten. One of the most memorable scenes in the movie. I was a child when I saw this movie. Still one of my favorites.

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  9. How wonderful to know that she is still with us. I believe I read on a forum discussion board regarding the Doris Day/Rock Hudson classic `Pillow Talk` that Ms Blackwell had passed away a year or two ago. Evidently that info was wrong. Hope that she is doing well . I enjoyed her warm smile and presence on film.

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  10. She reads this blog folks. she text and emails. I will screen shot this to her. Yes she know how to screen shot etc

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    1. I am working on a second DVD (all proceeds to benefit the Doris Day Animal Foundation and help with animal welfare). I have been looking for your grandmother for a long time now. I would love to interview your grandmother for the DVD about her experience working on that film Pillow Talk with Doris Day--if you think she might be up for it..? Her work is so incredible in that film. What a singer and what an amazing re-actor actress she is! Is there any way that we might be able to communicate off this chat thread?
      The best place to email me is info@scottdreier.com
      Thanks so much and hope to hear from you soon! Glad to hear that your grandmother is happy and well!
      Scott

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  11. I searched all over to found out who she was with that infectious smile! First saw her in Pillow talk, then Dead Ringer and never forgot her!!!! Wish there was more on her. Beautiful, talented lady who in just a few seconds, stole my heart.

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  12. http://youtu.be/EFi9baTKxrg one of her tracks on her album.

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  13. currently watching Pillow Talk...again...and still love that scene....Perry Blackwell has an amazing voice and her part in that scene made it...much appreciation to her

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  14. just add me to the list of Perry Blackwell fans. I wish there was more info on her.

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  15. wow, i had to go through so many website contortions but i was finally able to find her one album on dot records...under the name Perri Lee. can't wait to hear it. love her singing and acting in pillow talk and can't wait to hear more.

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  16. i was able to get
    Perri Lee - At The Parisian Room (LP) (Dot Records - DLP 3729)
    she has a CRAZY great wig on the album cover.
    some nice info here..still looking for this album:
    https://krtu.trinity.edu/news/vinyl-vault-perri-lee

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    1. As soon as I can locate them I can send you the music I have which is all 4 studio albums

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    2. I have been unable to locate one of what I fear are only three existing albums that feature her:

      Presenting Perry Lee Blackwell ‎on Combo records. Anyone have any leads? The above referenced Parisian room is FAB; the second of the three albums, the Count Basie album, is great, but disappointingly, all instrumental.

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  17. My wife and I are are big Doris fans and the scene with Perry Blackwell is by far one of our favourites, she always makes us giggle with her expressions of disapproval for Rock Hudson's naughtiness. She completes the illusion the film portrays of a nicer world. Please give her a hug from us.

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  18. She was so natural and talented! Just saw the movie!

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  19. glad she knows people still appreciate her. she really brought something kinda special to her scene. hope she's doing well.

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