Mary Cleere Haran, one of New York's best-known cabaret singers, died Saturday in Deerfield Beach. She was living locally during a break from an accomplished pop-jazz career performing standards from the Great American Songbook with grace and humor. According to the New York Times, she was in a cycling accident and never regained consciousness. She was 58.
Haran was often compared to Ella Fitzgerald, but one of her central inspirations was Doris Day. She was able to interview her idol for a PBS documentary, Doris Day: Sentimental Journey, and gave a tribute to her in a 2007 show.
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There are several tributes from friends and fans at her Facebook page.