March 6th, 2014 by Andrew
“At the end of a rainbow, you’ll find a pot of gold
At the end of a story, you’ll find it’s all been told
But our love has a treasure our hearts can always spend
And it has a story without any end”
Heard during this year’s Academy Awards telecast on ABC, Nancy’s 1966 recording of Jimmy Krondes & Sid Jacobson’s “The End” provides the soundtrack for a new Chobani yogurt commercial, “Farmland.” Director Henry-Alex Rubin’s ad introduces Chobani’s Simply 100 by contrasting the all-natural 100-calorie Greek yogurt with other brands. Chobani’s pre-Oscars “natural talent” tweet refers to the yogurt’s ingredients and Nancy’s honest and innately beautiful vocal.
“The End” had become widely known as a Top Ten chart hit by Earl Grant in 1958.
Nancy’s interpretation was also employed for “Time Theft,” an award-winning 2007 Vodafone mobile internet services commercial in the U.K. Starring Pailo Heitz and Caroline Ducey, the commercial was filmed in Milan by eminent French director Frédéric Planchon. And, in another Oscars connection, Academy Award winner Dame Judi Dench delivers the voiceover at the close of the ad.
Nancy’s full recording of “The End” is available as part of her Nancy In London album.
February 25th, 2014 by Andrew
“April 3rd, 2014 marks the 90th birthday of my dear friend, the wonderful
Doris Day. In keeping with her long standing passion for making a difference in our world, for her birthday Doris has set a goal of raising 90 thousand dollars to benefit The Doris Day Animal Foundation.
“The DDAF is a non-profit, grant-giving charity that funds worthy organizations across the country which share a mission of supporting animal rights causes.
If you are able to be part of making this birthday wish come true,
please donate via…”
One year ago, Nancy expressed her heartfelt appreciation of beloved entertainment icon and animal rights activist Doris Day, during a two-part, six-hour interview/tribute on Nancy’s SiriusXM radio show, Nancy for Frank. In celebration of Doris Day’s 90th birthday, here are excerpts from Nancy’s fascinating, spirited and moving conversation with Doris.
Remembering voice teachers Tina Taylor Rone and Grace Raine, Nancy and Doris discuss “The Principle,” the importance of “feeling your words,” and having a “kinship with a lyric.”
Doris feels the words of her first number 1 hit, 1945′s “Sentimental Journey,” on the 1971 CBS-TV broadcast The Doris Mary Anne Kappelhoff Special.
Nancy and Doris discuss the beginning of Doris’s acting career and her film debut, Romance On The High Seas (1948), with co-star Jack Carson.
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January 27th, 2014 by Andrew
January 7th, 2014 by Andrew
“Phil Everly is gone.
Touring with Phil and Don was one of the thrills of my life.” ~ Nancy
“That’s Billy Strange in back on the left and Phillip is in the middle in front. We were on tour with the Everly Brothers, at the Sahara Hotel in Las Vegas. Singing with them was an experience I treasure and I can still feel their voices around me. They preferred the names Donald and Phillip to Don and Phil. Phillip had that wonderful high voice you remember and the audiences were hungry to hear it. Whenever he had a solo they cheered.”
“[...] I had performed the song ['Sweet Dreams'] on tour with the Everly Brothers
[...] but sadly, we didn’t record our shows.
I have all of their recordings and Sweet Dreams is one of my favorites.”
Don & Phil’s version of “Sweet Dreams” was issued in 1963 on The Everly Brothers Sing Great Country Hits LP. Their June 20, 1963 recording session for the Don Gibson-penned song had included Nancy’s producer/arranger/guitarist, Billy Strange, on guitar, as well as her drummer Hal Blaine and steel guitarist Red Rhodes. The album also contains Don Gibson’s “Oh, Lonesome Me,” which Nancy would record as a duet with Lee Hazlewood in 1967.
Nancy recently recounted to Jim Bessman, for his appreciation of Phil Everly, her fond memories of working with the brothers:
“Phillip was the shy one, the one who was mostly in the background, who deferred to Donald. We tried to feature him more in our shows because the audiences loved hearing his solos. At times I got to sing standing in between them, and being surrounded by those beautiful voices was heavenly. I tried my best to blend with them, especially on ‘Sweet Dreams,’ but it’s not as easy as it sounds, to try to be an Everly Brother–but fabulous fun.”
In addition to the Everlys who were Nancy’s RCA Records labelmates at that time, the May 1973 shows at the Sahara Hotel’s Congo Room featured Pat Buttram and Nancy’s husband, Hugh Lambert.
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