Barbara Cook: I Couldn't Wait To Leave Atlanta!

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I used to swing by Atlanta now and then and loved the drag bars and the big gay dance club, not to mention the chance to flounce my New York derriere around the hoity-toity Peachtree Plaza.

But legendary singer Barbara Cook had a much worse time there.

Barbara is performing "Let's Fall in Love," a fabulous show of personal standards, done in her inimitably crystal-clear way, at Feinstein's at Loews Regency.

And last night, after creamily rendering "Georgia on My Mind," she admitted to the audience:

"It's a lie!

"I couldn't wait to leave Georgia!

"I knew I didn't belong there.

"I left Atlanta when I was 20. I felt like I had my nose pressed against the glass of life, and I couldn't get in.

"I only had one friend who wanted to talk about the things I wanted to talk about--culture.

"I felt like such an outsider. I thought there was something wrong with me.

"Well, I came to New York, and I fit in immediately.

"I came with my mother for two weeks and said, 'I'm not going to leave.' She didn't realize I meant ever!"

Lucky for us!

And I know exactly how Barbara feels, by the way--not about Georgia, but about other places I've traveled to.

In fact, I can never get up in public and sing "Iceland on My Mind."


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9 comments
BetteD
BetteD

"I felt like I had my nose pressed against the glass of life, and I couldn't get in."

Huh?

The glass of life?  What the hell does that mean?

But I do love me some Barbara Cook.

Movielover
Movielover

Barbara is a treasure!  She is one of the best popular singers ever.  I have been listening to her Disney album a lot lately.  And she can cook too!

Parvenu
Parvenu

Oh, yes. Barbara Cook, Lahoma, and all the other drag queens came up to NYC together, lol.

latenitebump
latenitebump

was she part of that love shack crew who moved to new york from atlanta?the b 52 ´s, rupaul, the lady bunny, and lahoma.

Meagan
Meagan

She was young and blonde. I'm surprised to hear she didn't fit in somewhere. 

Tinytimber
Tinytimber

I LOVE Atlanta but I can see where it might be a bit of a cultural wasteland.

Musto
Musto

Barbara also said that she does occasionally visit Atlanta, but "three days with the darned pine trees and I'm ready to be back in New York."

Movielover
Movielover

Especially to grow up, rather than being the fab and swanky, cultured and worldly woman she became (and THEN go visit Atlanta).

HollandReader
HollandReader

As a native Georgian, I can attest to the fact that it is a place easier loved from afar. But love it I do.

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