She made two memorable film appearances and worked with many of the jazz greats throughout her career, but there is very little information available about the exquisitely talented Perry Lee Blackwell. Sometimes credited as Perri Lee, this joyous multi-hyphenate (pianist-organist-vocalist) released at least two recordings during her career and she was the featured performer at the historic Parisian Room in Los Angeles for many years, as well.
Nicely, her love of performing is apparent in her scenes in Dead Ringer, one of Bette Davis’ latter day gothic horror projects. While that film has a huge cult following, Blackwell is still probably best known for her iconic interactions with Doris Day and Rock Hudson in the beloved romantic comedy Pillow Talk.
With her recordings available from outlets like Discogs and a number of blogs beginning to extol her virtues, it seems like the perfect time to rediscover the amazing Blackwell, who, in her 90’s now, seems to truly appreciate hearing about the latter day love she has been receiving from fans.
Until the next time, SWEET love and pink GRUE, Big Gay Horror Fan!
Sadly, Miss Perri Lee Blackwell’s recordings are very rare, and extremely hard to obtain. She richly deserves a CD disc compilation set, featuring her three albums. I totally forgot that it was her in the nightclub scene in “Dead Ringer.” Thanks for posting this fact!
Thanks for commenting! I would definitely purchase a compilation set of Blackwell’s work – especially one with extensive liner notes! I would love to know more about her!!