After more than
40 years of involvement in the New York City cabaret
scene and composing more than 2,700 songs, John Wallowitch
died of bone cancer Thursday. He was 81.
His death at
Calvary Hospital in Bronx, N.Y., was confirmed by his sister
Anna Mae, TheNew York Times reports.
style used word play and social observation. One of his most
famous songs, "Bruce," advises a drag queen, "Don't ever
wear puce, Bruce," "You have to reduce, Bruce," and
"Wear something loose, Bruce."
He and his
longtime partner, Bertram Ross, created a cabaret act in
1984. Their breezy autobiographical shows were the
subject of the 1999 documentary Wallowitch and
Ross: This Moment. Ross died in 2003, but
Wallowitch continued to express his artistry. (The