Monday, September 4, 2017

Baby, Don't Do It

Jim Westerfield
with orchestra directed by
Mark Liberstein

Baby, Don't Do It


Marlo 1526


Jim Westerfield

Jim was born on March 8th, 1935 in East St. Louis, IL. He was the youngest of eight children. He was an accomplished musician and composer.  He loved to share stories of his early days in music, including sharing coffee with Ike and Tina Turner at Technosonic Studios, and meeting his idol, Al Alberts of the Four Aces, in the 1950’s, and continued a close friendship with him until Al’s passing in November 2009.

Jim and his wife Marilyn had been married for over 55 years and turned their passion for history, food, and each other by creating The Westerfield House in 1984.   Visitors from across the country (and around the world) came to enjoy the experience of the bed & breakfast/restaurant until the Westerfields’ retirement in 2002. Also during the Westerfield House’s incredible run,  Jim turned his extensive knowledge of botany into another amazing chapter of his life. He cross pollinated mints and created a “new child of nature” (as Jim so eloquently put it) called Dulcia Citreus, or better known as ‘Hillary’s Sweet Lemon Mint’, which he also held the patent on. (The mint was delivered to then First Lady Hillary Clinton in 1993 and planted in the White House garden.) At the time of Jim’s passing, he had created over 60 unique culinary mints.

Jim Westerfield passed away at home on November 22nd, 2013 with his wife Marilyn at his side.

The Westerfield House was listed in Conde Nast Traveler magazine (4/95) as one of the top 250 restaurants in the US

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