Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Margaret Whiting was the voice behind many hits, like “Moonlight in Vermont,” “”It Might As Well be Spring,” “That Old Black Magic” – and, on duets, with Johnny Mercer (“Baby It’s Cold Outside”) and Jimmy Wakely (“Slippin’ Around”). The daughter of famed songwriter Richard Whiting, she began singing as a teen, and was mentored by Johnny Mercer and Harold Arlen. When first asked to sing “Moonlight in Vermont” at the age of 19, she said, “I’ve never been to Vermont. How can I sing a song about a place I’ve never been to? What is the significance of pennies in a stream? What are ski tows?” To which Mercer responded, “I don’t know. I’m from Savannah. We’ll use our imagination.”
She did. Margaret Whiting died at the age of 86. You can hear her interview with Leonard from February 10th, 1987.