Noted cabaret critic Bob Harrington wound up with some recording credits himself when vocalists such as Jill O'Hara excerpted his comments in liner notes. Harrington was appraising O'Hara and many other singers for both The New York Post and Back Stage when he died at only 42 years old due to AIDS-related causes. The writer took on the subject of his own illness in at least one of the "Bistro Bits" columns he carefully prepared for Back Stage. Harrington graduated from State University College in Oneonta, NY. His initial reporting assignments began in the early '80s for Night Life, a magazine published on Long Island. He became a Back Stage columnist a few years later, and by 1986 was established as a New York Post critic. The writer did charity work for Hearts & Voices, an association of cabaret artists who performed for AIDS victims in hospitals.
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