Rudy de la Mor remembered during Celebration of Life

Mon. March 25, 2013 10:00 AM by News Staff

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Celebration of Life planned in Chicago on Sun., April 7

Palm Springs, CA - Cabaret legend, Rudy de la Mor, was remembered during a Celebration of Life on Sunday at Azul Tapas Lounge in Palm Springs, Calif.

de la Mor died at Kaiser Hospital in Irvine, Calif. on March 5. He was 73. The beloved performer played to packed houses at Gentry in Chicago for more than 20 years.

A classically trained pianist, de la Mor was a child prodigy who performed with the Orange County Symphony Orchestra and the Denver Symphony Orchestra. He was discovered by the late vaudeville a, film and television star, Jimmy Durante. As Durante's protégé, de la Mor became close friends with a number of stars of the era, such as Martha Raye, Alice Faye, Christine Jorgenson and others.

It was Martha Raye who was the impetus for the outrageous hats and sequined attire that became his trademark. After catching one of de la Mor's early sets as a cabaret performer, she suggested that he focus on the comedic aspects of his act.

"What's more, she suggested that I wear some of the curtains my mother might have had and change hats all night long," de la Mor reported on his website.

He was known for his interaction with his audience and had the phenomenal ability to remember the name of everybody in the room in which he was performing. He was a favorite in LGBT clubs and performed on a number of straight and gay cruises. He had planned to take part on a cruise March 9.

de la Mor's works included the album I'm Just Kidding.

A Celebration of Life, Remembering Rudy through Music and Word is planned for Sun., April 7, 3 p.m. at 3160, Chicago's Piano & Cabaret, 3160 N.Clark St. (Event details)