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November 29, 2010
Dear Verrett Family,
I had the great privilege of singing with Shirley in my professional debut in the 1980 New Orleans production of Carmen. She was, of course, stellar. But more importantly, to a young singer like myself, she offered calm, centered advice, and was a model of professionalism on and off the stage. In the following years as we met again in various venues, she always remembered me by name and was most generous with her precious time. I think this, her generosity of spirit, came through so clearly in her exquisite singing and in her fine, graceful personality. I shall always remember Ms. Verrett with gratitude and deep happiness. She created a place in history that is uniquely hers.
November 29, 2010
I am sorry I never got to meet Shirley. Her little brother Ron is one of my close friends and also a fine musician. He has taught me much. I am sure I'll be able to meet her someday.
November 26, 2010
To the Verrett family,
I'm so sorry for your loss. Words can't express how much Shirley Verrett has meant to me, an aspiring singer, ever since I first heard her glorious voice. Since then she has inspired me with her beauty, class, and immense artistry. I know she is singing in Heaven with the Seraphims.
November 24, 2010
To the Family of Shirley Verrett:

Surely the sun must have dimmed for just a moment at the passing of this great lady and magnificent artist. I had the good fortune to meet her early in the 1960s, when I sang background on what I believe was her very first RCA Recording, "Singin' Through the Storm," with chorus and orchestra, conducted by Leonard De Paur. It was obvious that she was destined for success. I followed her career from her first Carnegie Hall Recital, to the Met, and later as a recitalist on the college circuit. She was never less than phenomenal. When I began my biography of Hall Johnson in the early 2000s, she was kind enough to write her personal recollections of her coaching with Johnson for inclusion in my book. I was able to thank her by sending a tape of her first Victor recording which somehow, she didn't have. Her loss to the world is mitigated by her extensive recorded
legacy of operatic and recital repertoire, much of which I own.
Please accept my heartfelt sympathy. She will ever remain in my memory and in my life.

Dr. Eugene Thamon Simpson
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