John Wallowitch Dies at 81
Wallowitch, who was born in South Philadelphia, moved to New York City in his teens to study piano at the Juilliard School. He soon became a rehearsal pianist for Broadway shows and later a nightclub singer. Over his 50-year-plus career, he played in many of the city's top cabaret rooms, as well as London's Pizza on the Park. During the 1980s and 1990s, he had a popular act with his partner Bertram Ross, who died in 2003. A documentary film about the couple, Wallowitch & Ross: This Moment, was released in 1998.