Eleanor Barooshian of 60s Girl Group the Cake

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Eleanor Barooshian (April 2, 1950-August 30, 2016) was a singer in the trio the Cake. Barooshian, Jeanette Jacobs and Barbara Morillo got their start at Steve Paul’s The Scene in Manhattan. They were picked up by the same management behind Sonny & Cher and Iron Butterfly.

She was something of a Zelig in the late 60s rock scene. Her obituary in The Guardian features a photo of her with Otis Redding and Jimi Hendrix at the Monterey Pop Festival. Mac Rebennack played piano on one of the Cake’s albums, and she and another band member provided backup vocals for him under his alter-ego, Dr. John. She was a lead singer for Ginger Baker’s Air Force.

She also appeared famously in You Are What You Eat, a cult film produced by Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary fame. In it, she sings a cover of “I’ve Got You Babe” with Tiny Tim, with Tim singing the Cher part and Barooshian Sonny’s part.

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