Nancy Wilson (jazz singer)
|Birth name||Nancy Sue Wilson|
|Born||(1937-02-20)February 20, 1937
Chillicothe, Ohio, U.S.
|Died||December 13, 2018(2018-12-13) (aged 81)
Pioneertown, California, U.S.
Nancy Sue Wilson (February 20, 1937 – December 13, 2018) was an American singer whose career spanned over five decades, from the mid–1950s until her retirement in the early–2010s. She was notable for her single “(You Don’t Know) How Glad I Am” and her version of the standard “Guess Who I Saw Today“.
Wilson recorded more than 70 albums and won three Grammy Awards for her work. During her performing career Wilson was labeled a singer of blues, jazz, R&B, pop, and soul, a “consummate actress”, and “the complete entertainer”. The title she preferred, however, was “song stylist”. She received many nicknames including “Sweet Nancy”, “The Baby”, “Fancy Miss Nancy” and “The Girl With the Honey-Coated Voice”.
Nancy Sue Wilson was born on February 20, 1937 in Chillicothe, Ohio, the first of six children of Olden Wilson, an iron foundry worker, and Lillian Ryan, a maid. Wilson’s father would buy records to listen to at home. At an early age Wilson heard recordings from Billy Eckstine, Nat King Cole, and Jimmy Scott with Lionel Hampton‘s Big Band. Wilson says: “The juke joint down on the block had a great jukebox and there I heard Dinah Washington, Ruth Brown, LaVerne Baker, Little Esther“. Wilson became aware of her talent while singing in church choirs, imitating singers as a young child, and performing in her grandmother’s house during summer visits. By the age of four, she knew she would eventually become a singer.
At the age of 15, now attending Columbus, Ohio’s West High School, Wilson won a talent contest sponsored by the local ABC television station WTVN. The prize was an appearance on a twice-a-week television show, Skyline Melodies, which she later hosted. She also worked clubs on the east side and north side of Columbus, Ohio, from the age of 15 until she graduated from West High School at age 17. Unsure of her future as an entertainer, she entered college to pursue teaching. She spent one year at Ohio’s Central State College (now Central State University) before dropping out and following her original ambitions. She auditioned and won a spot with Rusty Bryant‘s Carolyn Club Big Band in 1956. She toured with them throughout Canada and the Midwest in 1956 to 1958. While in this group, Wilson made her first recording under Dot Records.
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When Wilson met Julian “Cannonball” Adderley, he suggested that she should move to New York City, believing that the big city would be the venue in which her career could bloom. In 1959, she relocated to New York with a goal of obtaining Cannonball’s manager John Levy as her manager and Capitol Records as her label. Within four weeks of her arrival in New York she got her first big break, a call to fill in for Irene Reid at “The Blue Morocco”. The club booked Wilson on a permanent basis; she was singing four nights a week and working as a secretary for the New York Institute of Technology during the day. John Levy sent demos of “Guess Who I Saw Today“, “Sometimes I’m Happy“, and two other songs to Capitol. Capitol Records signed her in 1960.
Wilson’s debut single, “Guess Who I Saw Today“, was so successful that between April 1960 and July 1962 Capitol Records released five Nancy Wilson albums. Her first album, Like in Love, displayed her talent in Rhythm and Blues. Adderley suggested that she should steer away from her original pop style and gear her music toward jazz and ballads. In 1962, they collaborated, producing the album Nancy Wilson and Cannonball Adderley, which propelled her to national prominence with the hit R&B song, “Save Your Love For Me“, and Wilson would later appear on Adderley’s live album In Person (1968). Between March 1964 and June 1965, four of Wilson’s albums hit the Top 10 on Billboard‘s Top LPs chart. In 1963 “Tell Me The Truth” became her first truly major hit, leading up to her performance at the Coconut Grove in 1964 – the turning point of her career, garnering critical acclaim from coast to coast. TIME said of her, “She is, all at once, both cool and sweet, both singer and storyteller.” In 1964 Wilson released what became her most successful hit on the Billboard Hot 100 with “(You Don’t Know) How Glad I Am“, which peaked at No. 11. From 1963 to 1971 Wilson logged eleven songs on the Hot 100, including two Christmas singles. However, “Face It Girl, It’s Over” was the only remaining non-Christmas song to crack the Top 40 for Wilson (#29, in 1968).
After making numerous television guest appearances, Wilson eventually got her own series on NBC, The Nancy Wilson Show (1967–1968), which won an Emmy. Over the years she has appeared on many popular television shows from I Spy (more or less playing herself as a Las Vegas singer in the 1966 episode “Lori”, and a similar character in the 1973 episode “The Confession” of The F.B.I.), Room 222, Hawaii Five-O, Police Story, The Jack Paar Program, The Sammy Davis Jr. Show (1966), The Danny Kaye Show, The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, Kraft Music Hall, The Sinbad Show, The Cosby Show, The Andy Williams Show, The Carol Burnett Show, Soul Food, New York Undercover, and recently Moesha, and The Parkers. She also appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show, The Merv Griffin Show, The Tonight Show, The Arsenio Hall Show and The Flip Wilson Show. She was in the 1993 Robert Townsend‘s The Meteor Man and in the film, The Big Score. She also appeared on The Lou Rawls Parade of Stars and the March of Dime Telethon. She was signed by Capitol Records in the late 1970s and in an attempt to broaden her appeal she cut the album Life, Love and Harmony, an album of soulful, funky dance cuts that included the track “Sunshine”, which was to become one of her most sought-after recordings (albeit among supporters of the rare soul scene with whom she would not usually register). In 1977 she recorded the theme song for The Last Dinosaur, a made-for-TV movie which opened in theaters in Japan.
In the 1980s, she recorded five albums for Japanese labels because she preferred recording live, and American labels frequently did not give her that option. She gained such wide popularity that she was selected as the winner of the annual Tokyo Song Festivals.
In 1982 Wilson recorded with Hank Jones and the Great Jazz Trio. In that same year she recorded with the Griffith Park Band whose members included Chick Corea and Joe Henderson. In 1987 she participated in a PBS show entitled Newport Jazz ‘87 as the singer of a jazz trio with John Williams and Roy McCurdy. In 1982 she also signed with CBS, her albums here including The Two of Us (1984), duets with Ramsey Lewis produced by Stanley Clarke; Forbidden Lover (1987), including the title-track duet with Carl Anderson; and A Lady with a Song, which became her 52nd album release in 1989. In 1989 Nancy Wilson in Concert played as a television special. In the early 1990s, Wilson recorded an album paying tribute to Johnny Mercer with co-producer Barry Manilow entitled With My Lover Beside Me. In this decade she also recorded two other albums, Love, Nancy and her sixtieth album If I Had it My Way. In the late 1990s, she teamed up with MCG Jazz, a youth-education program of the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild, nonprofit, minority-directed, arts and learning organization located in Pittsburgh, PA.
In 1995, Wilson performed at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and the San Francisco Jazz Festival in 1997. In 1999, she hosted a show in honor of Ella Fitzgerald entitled Forever Ella on the A & E Network. All the proceeds from 2001’s A Nancy Wilson Christmas went to support the work of MCG Jazz. Wilson was the host on NPR‘s Jazz Profiles, from 1996 to 2005. This series profiled the legends and legacy of jazz through music, interviews and commentary. Wilson and the program were the recipients of the George Foster Peabody Award in 2001. Wilson’s second and third album with MCG Jazz, R.S.V.P. (Rare Songs, Very Personal) (2005), and Turned to Blue (2007), both won the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album. On September 10, 2011, she performed on a public stage for the last time at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. According to Wilson, “I’m not going to be doing it anymore, and what better place to end it than where I started – in Ohio.”
Awards and honors
In 1964, Wilson won her first Grammy Award for the best rhythm and blues recording for the album How Glad I Am. She was featured as a “grand diva” of jazz in a 1992 edition of Essence. In the same year, she also received the Whitney Young Jr. Award from the Urban League. In 1998, she was a recipient of the Playboy Reader Poll Award for best jazz vocalist.
In 1986, she was dubbed the Global Entertainer of the Year by the World Conference of Mayors. She received an award from the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change in 1993; the NAACP Image Award – Hall of Fame Award in 1998, and was inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame in 1999. She received the Trumpet Award for Outstanding Achievement in 1994. Wilson received a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1990, at 6541 Hollywood Blvd. She received honorary degrees from Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA and Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio. She is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority. Wilson has a street named after her in her hometown of Chillicothe, Ohio. She co-founded the Nancy Wilson Foundation, which exposes inner-city children to the country. Wilson was the recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), NEA Jazz Masters Fellowships award in 2004, the highest honors that the United States government bestows upon jazz musicians. In 2005 she received the NAACP Image Awards for Best Recording Jazz Artist. She received the 2005 UNCF Trumpet Award celebrating African-American achievement, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the NAACP in Chicago, and Oprah Winfrey‘s Legends Award.
In September 2005, Wilson was inducted into the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site. Wilson was a major figure in Civil Rights Movement. Wilson said, “This award means more to me than anything else I have ever received.” Times.com, August 20, 2006: “It’s been a long career for the polished Wilson, whose first albums appeared in the 1960s, and she faces that truth head-on in such numbers as ‘These Golden Years’ and ‘I Don’t Remember Ever Growing Up’. Shorter breathed these days, she can still summon a warm, rich sound and vividly tell a song’s story. With a big band behind her in ‘Taking a Chance on Love‘, she also shows there’s plenty of fire in her autumnal mood”. At the Hollywood Bowl, August 29, 2007, Wilson celebrated her 70th birthday with an all-star event hosted by Arsenio Hall. Ramsey Lewis and his trio performed “To Know Her Is To Love Her“.
Wilson married her first husband, drummer Kenny Dennis, in 1960. In 1963, their son, Kenneth (Kacy) Dennis Jr., was born, and by 1970, they divorced. On May 22, 1973, she married a Presbyterian minister, Reverend Wiley Burton. She gave birth to Samantha Burton in 1975, and the couple adopted Sheryl Burton in 1976. As a result of her marriage, she abstained from performing in various venues, such as supper clubs. For the following two decades, she successfully juggled her personal life and her career. In November 1998, both of her parents died; she called this year the most difficult of her life.
In August 2006, Wilson was hospitalized with anemia and potassium deficiency, and was on I.V. sustenance while undergoing a complete battery of tests. She was unable to attend the UNCF Evening of Stars Tribute to Aretha Franklin and had to cancel the engagement. All of her other engagements were on hold pending doctors’ reports.
- Career Wins: 3
- Career Nominations: 7 (Note: In a 2007 interview, Wilson stated that she had been nominated more than 20 times. However, the official Grammys website credits her with only 7.)
|Nancy Wilson Grammy History (Wins Only)|
|2007||Best Jazz Vocal Album||Jazz||Turned to Blue||MCG Jazz||Winner|
|2005||Best Jazz Vocal Album||Jazz||R.S.V.P. (Rare Songs, Very Personal)||MCG Jazz||Winner|
|1965||Best Rhythm & Blues Recording||R&B||“How Glad I Am”||Capitol||Winner|
DVD concert films
Larsson in December 2016
|Birth name||Zara Maria Larsson|
|Born||(1997-12-16) 16 December 1997
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Zara Maria Larsson (/ˈzɑːrə/, Swedish pronunciation: [²sɑːra ˈlɑːʂɔn]; born 16 December 1997) is a Swedish singer and songwriter. At the age of 10, she achieved national fame in Sweden for winning the 2008 season of the talent show Talang, the Swedish version of British TV’s Got Talent. Four years later, in 2012, Larsson signed with the record label TEN Music Group and released her debut EP album Introducing in January 2013. The single “Uncover” topped the music charts in Scandinavia: Sweden, Denmark, and Norway. In February 2013, “Uncover” was certified Platinum by Universal Music Sweden. In July 2013, her EP Introducing was certified 3× Platinum in the country. Larsson signed a three-year contract with Epic Records in the United States in April 2013. In 2016, she performed at the opening and closing ceremonies for UEFA Euro in France.
Four years after her first album, Larsson’s debut international album So Good was released on 17 March 2017 and entered at number seven on the UK Albums Chart. It produced eight singles: “Lush Life“, “Never Forget You“, “Ain’t My Fault“, “I Would Like“, “So Good“, “Don’t Let Me Be Yours“, “Only You“, and “Symphony“, a collaboration with Clean Bandit. Almost all the album’s singles reached the top 15 in the UK. “Never Forget You” peaked in the United States at number 13 on the US Billboard Hot 100, giving Larsson and English singer MNEK their first entries on the chart. Similarly, “Symphony” became Larsson’s first number one single on the UK Singles Chart.
In October 2018, Larsson released “Ruin My Life“, the lead single from her upcoming third album.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Career
- 3 Personal life and views
- 4 Artistry
- 5 Discography
- 6 Concert tours
- 7 Awards and nominations
- 8 See also
- 9 References
- 10 External links
Larsson was born at Karolinska University Hospital in Solna, Stockholm County, Sweden, to Agnetha and Anders Larsson. In an interview with Svenska Dagbladet, she said that she was born “dead” due to a lack of oxygen from nuchal cord. She has a younger sister, Hanna, who is also a singer and a member of the band Hanna & Andrea.
2008–2011: Career beginnings
Larsson won the 2008 season of Talang, the Swedish adaptation of Got Talent, at the age of 10, winning 500,000 kronor. “My Heart Will Go On“, originally sung by Celine Dion, was later released as Larsson’s debut single.
2012–2014: Breakthrough with 1
Larsson signed with TEN Music Group in 2012 to record her debut extended play. Larsson’s debut EP, Introducing, was leaked on 9 December 2012 through a preview of “Uncover” on YouTube. The five-song album was released on 21 January 2013. “Uncover” was released as the album’s lead single. It peaked at number one on both the Sverigetopplistan and DigiListan charts, as well as reaching number one in Norway and peaking at number three in Denmark, and by 25 February 2013, the song was certified Platinum in Sweden by Universal Music Sweden. The song entered the Svensktoppen track lists. In July 2013, at Sommarkrysset in Gröna Lund, she received a 3× Platinum award for Introducing.
On 27 March 2013, Larsson’s next EP was revealed through a preview of “She’s Not Me (Pt. 1)”. The five-song EP, Allow Me to Reintroduce Myself, was released on 5 July 2013. The double-single “She’s Not Me” (consisting of “She’s Not Me (Pt. 1)” and “She’s Not Me (Pt. 2)”) was released on 25 June 2013. On 3 April 2013, Larsson revealed on her blog that she had signed a three-year contract with Epic Records in the United States. On 11 December 2013, Larsson performed at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo. On 1 October 2014, Larsson released her debut studio album 1, including the songs “Uncover”, “Bad Boys” and “She’s Not Me” (Pt. 1 and Pt. 2). The album went Platinum in Sweden. Larsson was an opening act for British singer Cher Lloyd‘s I Wish Tour.
2015–2017: So Good and international success
On 5 June 2015, Larsson released the single “Lush Life” from her upcoming second studio album. The song became her second number one single and was certified 4× Platinum in Sweden. The song reached the top five in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Norway, Netherlands, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
On 22 July 2015, Larsson released her collaboration with British singer MNEK, the single “Never Forget You“. The song reached number one in Sweden, number three in Australia. and number five in the United Kingdom, The song was certified Platinum in Sweden after two weeks.
On 1 September 2016, Larsson released “Ain’t My Fault“, the third single taken from her upcoming album. On 22 October 2016, Larsson was named one of Time‘s “30 Most Influential Teens of 2016”. She released “I Would Like“, the fourth single from her upcoming album, on 11 November 2016. It peaked at number two in the United Kingdom and at number four in Sweden.
In January 2017, Larsson released “So Good“, featuring American rapper Ty Dolla Sign. The single served as the fifth single from her second album of the same name, which was released on 17 March 2017. The album features other collaborations with Wizkid and Clean Bandit titled “Sundown” and “Symphony” respectively. The latter track was released as a single on the same date and became Larsson’s fifth number one single in her home country and first number one single in the United Kingdom. The album became her second number one album in Sweden and peaked in the top ten in Australia, Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway and the United Kingdom.
On 12 May 2017, Larsson released a music video for “Don’t Let Me Be Yours” as the sixth single from So Good, with “Only You” being released as the seventh single from the album on 11 August 2017.
2017–present: Upcoming third studio album
In September 2017, Larsson announced that she had started work on her third studio album saying in an interview she had wrote two new songs with MNEK. On 11 December 2017, Larsson once again performed at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert, this time alongside American singer John Legend.
A year after she had first anticipated her third studio album, in September 2018 she announced via a tweet that she would be releasing a new single, “Ruin My Life” soon. The month after Larsson announced the artwork for the single and the release date of 18 October 2018.
Personal life and views
Larsson, a self-proclaimed fan of Beyoncé, identifies as a feminist and models herself an “activist” after the singer. She attributes her openness of opinion on social media and within interviews to her parents, claiming: “Both my parents are very educated when it comes to social issues and being woke about what’s going on in the world, and they’ve been very supportive of me having a voice”. Larsson says she “has received a lot of hate” for her feminist opinions, including being called a “man hater”. She accepts the label and has added that she “doesn’t care”, because “it doesn’t really hurt men if I hate them”.
Larsson has grown increasingly vocal with her impressions of other artists and industry workers with whom she works and admires. While she has high praise for performers such as Beyoncé, she is equal in her opposing views of such artists like Dr. Luke and Chris Brown.
- UK and Europe Tour (2017)
Awards and nominations
Swedish singer Zara Larsson has received multiple awards and nominations. She has won a Government’s Music Export Prize, four Grammis Sverige, three MTV European Music Awards and eight Rockbjörnen
Lauren Bonner (1988-03-26) 26 March 1988
|Occupation||Actress and singer|
|Website||Page at BBC|
Lauren Samuels (born 26 March 1988) is an English singer/actress and was a contestant on the 2010 BBC UK TV series Over the Rainbow. Since appearing on the show she has gone on to appear in West End theatre, including playing the lead role of Sandy in Grease.
Samuels was born Lauren Bonner but adopted the stage name Lauren Samuels for her elder brother, Samuel. She was born with a condition that seriously affected her hearing, causing her to have to wear two hearing aids. However, her hearing completely returned to normal at the age of 18.
She started ballet lessons at the age of two, began private tutorials at the Hinckley Speech and Drama Studio at seven and started singing lessons at thirteen. She studied BTEC National Diploma Performing Arts at Stratford-upon-Avon College, was a member of Youth Music Theatre UK in 2005 and also studied at the Guildford School of Acting, graduating in 2009.
Over the Rainbow
Samuels was a contestant on the 2010 BBC show Over the Rainbow: a talent contest to find an actress to play Dorothy in a West End revival of The Wizard of Oz. Samuels made it through to the final eleven girls who would compete for the public vote through individual performances. Despite coming in the bottom two for votes on three occasions, Samuels made it through to the final, where she ultimately came third to runner-up Sophie Evans and winner Danielle Hope.
|Week one (03/04/10)||“Run” (Snow Patrol)|
|Week two (10/04/10)||“I’ll Never Fall in Love Again” (from Promises, Promises)|
|Week three (17/04/10)||“Sway” (Dean Martin)|
|Week four (24/04/10)||“Nobody Knows” (Pink)|
|Week five (01/05/10)||“The Man that Got Away” (from A Star Is Born)|
|Week six (08/05/10)||“Being Alive” (from Company)|
|Week seven (semi-final) (15 May 2010)||“Heaven” (Bryan Adams)|
|Week eight (final) (22 May 2010)||“I Could Have Danced All Night” (from My Fair Lady)|
Samuels, along with the other two finalists of Over the Rainbow, recorded a version of “Over the Rainbow” with the intention of the eventual winner’s song being made available for purchase shortly after the finale. Hope’s recording was originally the only version released, but both Evans’ and Samuels’ versions of the song were ultimately made available for download on 6 June 2010. She also appeared with the other contestants in a Wizard of Oz medley featured as a b-side on the CD single of Hope’s “Over the Rainbow.” Samuels also recorded “Someone You’d Be Proud Of” for the concept album of “The In-Between”. The album was released in early 2012. In 2017 she recorded two songs for the album Wit & Whimsy – Songs by Alexander S. Bermange (one solo and one featuring all of the album’s 23 artists), which reached No. 1 in the iTunes comedy album chart.
On 26 July 2010, she made her West End debut as Sandy in the London production of Grease, replacing Siobhan Dillon. She played Cathy in a production of the two-character musical The Last Five Years, which ran at the Tabard Theatre, Chiswick from 9 February to 5 March 2011.
Samuels played the role of Scaramouche in We Will Rock You at the Dominion Theatre in London from late 2011. Following this she starred as the title character in Vampirette the Musical at the Manchester Opera House in May 2012. She reprised her role in We Will Rock You for its 10th anniversary tour, which commenced on 25 February 2012
|Gerry Marsden MBE|
Marsden in 2011
|Birth name||Gerard Marsden|
|Born||(1942-09-24) 24 September 1942
Toxteth, Liverpool, Lancashire, England
|Genres||Merseybeat, rock, pop,
British rock and roll
|Years active||1959–66 (group)
Laurie Records (US)
|Associated acts||Gerry and the Pacemakers
The Crowd (1985)
Marsden was born at 8 Menzies Street, Toxteth, Liverpool, and his interest in music began at an early age. He remembers standing on top of an air raid shelter singing “Ragtime Cowboy Joe” and getting a great reception from onlookers.
Gerry and the Pacemakers was the second group signed by Brian Epstein and remained among his favourite artists. Their first single was “How Do You Do It,” recommended by George Martin after it was initially given to the Beatles. This was the first number one hit for the Pacemakers. It was recorded at Abbey Road Studios and was released on EMI’s Columbia label. Marsden said the recording took four or five takes. The group’s second number one was “I Like It“, followed by “You’ll Never Walk Alone“. Other singles included “It’s Gonna Be Alright”, “I’m the One”, “Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying” and “Ferry Cross the Mersey“.
In 1965 Gerry married Pauline Behan and they have two daughters, Yvette and Victoria.
After leaving the Pacemakers—his brother Fred Marsden, Les Maguire and Les Chadwick—Gerry Marsden maintained a low-key career on television, and starred in the West End musical Charlie Girl alongside Derek Nimmo and Anna Neagle.
He is most remembered for the song “I Like It” and his rendition of “You’ll Never Walk Alone”, which has been adopted as an anthem of several football clubs, the most notable being Liverpool, the club Marsden supports. He sang the song at Wembley Stadium when Everton faced Liverpool at the 1989 F.A. Cup final shortly after the Hillsborough disaster.
Marsden returned to No. 1 in the charts twice during the 1980s with re-recordings of two of his old hits, with all profits going to charity. In 1985 after the Bradford Football Club stadium tragedy in which 56 were killed, he formed a group called “The Crowd”, which included other musicians, singers and radio disc jockeys, to produce a new version of “You’ll Never Walk Alone.” On 18 April 1989, three days after the Hillsborough disaster in which 96 Liverpool F.C. fans ultimately died as a result of their injuries, he joined forces with Paul McCartney, the Christians, Holly Johnson and his production trio Stock, Aitken & Waterman on a new version of “Ferry Cross the Mersey”.
In 1993, Marsden published his autobiography, I’ll Never Walk Alone, co-written with former Melody Maker editor Ray Coleman. On 15 September 2003, Marsden had triple bypass heart surgery at Broad Green Hospital in Liverpool. He had a second heart operation in 2016, and announced his retirement in November 2018.
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- Please Let Them Be/I’m Not Blue (CBS, March 1967)
- Gilbert Green/What Makes Me Love You (CBS, August 1967)
- Liverpool/Charlie Girl (released as Gerry Marsden & Derek Nimmo, CBS, April 1968)
- In The Year of April/Every Day (NEMS, Nov. 1968)
- Every Little Minute/In Days of Old (NEMS, May 1969)
- I’ve Got My Ukulele/What a Day (Decca, May 1971)
- Amo Credo / Come Break Bread (Phoenix, April 1972)
- They Don’t Make Days Like That Any More / Can’t You Hear the Song? (DJM, August 1974)
- Your Song / Days I Spent With You (DJM, April 1975)
- My Home Town / Lovely Lady (DJM, September 1976)
- The Rose b/w You Are My Everything (PACE 100, September 1988)
- Ferry Cross the Mersey (with Paul McCartney, the Christians, Holly Johnson, & Stock Aitken Waterman, 1989)
- He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother (as part of the Justice Collective, 2012)
Clark performing at La Madeleine in Brussels, February 2018
|Birth name||Dorothy Miranda Clark|
|Born||(1995-04-11) 11 April 1995
Enfield, London, England
|Home town||Epping, Essex|
|Also known as||dodie|
|Subscribers||1,698,230 (main channel subscriber count)|
|Total views||345 million views (rounded all channels)|
|Subscriber and view counts updated as of 21 August 2018.|
Dorothy Miranda “dodie“ Clark (born 11 April 1995) is an English singer-songwriter, author and YouTuber from Epping, Essex. Clark posts both original songs and cover songs on her main YouTube channel “doddleoddle” and posts vlogs on her side channel “doddlevloggle”. Clark is known for her piano and ukulele covers as well as her original songs. As of July 2018, she has over 160 videos, over 1.7M subscribers, and over 200 million views on her main channel. On her side channel, she has 350+ videos, over 870K subscribers, and over 100 million views. On 9 December 2016, she released the first video on her Vevo channel, dodieVEVO, where she has over 11.8 million views and over 372K subscribers. She has collaborated with many other YouTube artists including Tessa Violet, Julia Nunes, Lauren Aquilina , Orla Gartland, Thomas Sanders, Jon Cozart, Emma Blackery, Flashback and more.
Dodie’s first channel was called “Dodders5”, now known as the “Alice and Dodie show!”, which was created on 1 August 2007 and shared with her friend Alice Webb.
Clark’s main channel “doddleoddle” was created on 7 February 2011; her first video on that channel, an original song called “Rain”, was uploaded on 14 April that year. In addition to her main channel, Clark has a VEVO channel, “dodieVEVO”, and a side channel, “doddlevloggle”.
Dodie’s second EP, You, was released on 11 August 2017. In its opening week of release, the EP debuted at number 6 on the official UK Albums Chart—29 places higher than the peak of Intertwined, thereby marking a new personal best for Clark. It also debuted at number 55 on the US Billboard 200.
In June 2017, Dodie announced that she was writing a book. On 2 November 2017, Clark published her autobiographical book titled Secrets for the Mad: Obsessions, Confessions and Life Lessons.
Dodie has also been featured on lyric annotation website Genius where she analysed her single “Party Tattoos”. In 2018, she was featured in a collaboration with Faultline, a cover of the song All I Do Is Dream of You which was featured in an advertising campaign by Audi in the United Kingdom.
Dodie announced on 18 September 2018 that she has a new EP to be released in January 2019 entitled “Human” with the title track being the lead single released on 21 September.
In 2014, Clark joined fellow YouTuber Bry on his national tour of the UK and rejoined him on his Australian and New Zealand tour in 2015. In January 2015, she supported Bethan Leadley (MusicalBethan) on her UK Tour. She toured with Tessa Violet twice over the period of 2015-2016, as well as with Jon Cozart and Rusty Clanton in 2016.
She toured the UK for her EP, Intertwined, in March 2017, with Rusty Clanton as her opening act and Orla Gartland as her guitarist. Dodie also toured her You EP, during October 2017, again with Orla. Dodie toured Europe in February and March 2018. She also had her 3rd UK tour, titled ‘The Spring Tour’, where she was supported by the acts Fenne Lily and Skinny Living. Dodie also frequently performs at YouTube-related and musical festival events. Dodie toured with Tessa Violet in the US in September 2018.
Awards and nominations
|2017||Shorty Awards – YouTube Musician||Dodie Clark||Won|
|2017||Summer in the City Awards – Breakthrough Award||Dodie Clark||Won|
|2017||Summer in the City Awards – Song of the Year||Dodie Clark||Nominated|
|2017||Streamy Awards – Breakthrough Artist||Dodie Clark||Nominated|
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions|
|US Indie||US Heat||US Folk|
|“—” denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.|
|“Sick of Losing Soulmates”||2016||Intertwined|
|“Party Tattoos”||2018||Non-album single|
|“All I Do Is Dream of You” (with Faultline)||TBA|
|“Human” (feat. Tom Walker)||Human|
|“If I’m Being Honest” |
All original songs and covers uploaded on Dodie’s YouTube channels.
|“A song about a song”||N/A|
|“The ill ukelele song”||2012||N/A|
|“You’re Just A Dream”||N/A|
|“The YouTube Song”||N/A|
|“Stuck The Way We Are”||N/A|
|“From Braces to Lipstick”||N/A|
|“A Permanent Hug From You”||N/A|
|“There’s A Storm Coming Tonight”||N/A|
|“Adored By Him”||N/A|
|“Pas De Deux”||N/A|
|“An Awkward Duet” (feat. Jon Cozart)||N/A|
|“One For the Road”||N/A|
|“The Flat’s a Mess”(feat. Evan Edinger)||N/A|
|“The Slowest Man Alive”||N/A|
|“Sick of Losing Soulmates”||Intertwined|
|“Freckles and Constellations”||N/A|
|“Gold Star For Me” (feat. Carrie Hope Fletcher)||2016||N/A|
|“I’ve Been Busy”||N/A|
|“this is for me”||N/A|
|“I won’t be done”||N/A|
|“Tell Me A Story” (feat. Evan Edinger)||N/A|
|“Human” (feat. Jon Cozart)||Human|
|“Would You Be So Kind?”||You|
|“Dear Happy” (feat. Thomas Sanders)||N/A|
|“Secret for the mad”||You|
|“I Knew You Once”||2017||N/A|
|“party tattoos”||Party Tattoos|
|“in the middle (acoustic)”|
|“bitter content” (feat. Dom Fera)||2018|
|“why the rainbow is ours!”||N/A|
|“air so sweet” (demo)||N/A|
|“human” (acoustic version)||Human|
|“Sick of Losing Soulmates”||Sammy Paul||2016|
|“In the Middle”||Tom Brennan|
|“Secret For the Mad”||Hannah Jacobs||2018|
|“If I’m Being Honest (Live Session)”||Sammy Paul|
Cara in 2018
|Birth name||Alessia Caracciolo|
|Born||(1996-07-11) July 11, 1996
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
|Origin||Brampton, Ontario, Canada|
Alessia Caracciolo (Italian: [aˈlɛssja kaˈrattʃolo]; born July 11, 1996), known professionally as Alessia Cara (/əˈlɛsiə ˈkɑːrə/), is a Canadian singer and songwriter. After producing acoustic covers, she signed with EP Entertainment and Def Jam Recordings in 2014 and released her debut single the following year. “Here” reached number 19 on the Canadian Hot 100 chart and was a sleeper hit in the United States, peaking at number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Cara’s debut studio album, Know-It-All, reached number 8 on the Canadian Albums Chart and number 9 on the Billboard 200 chart in the United States. The album’s third single, “Scars to Your Beautiful“, reached number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2016. In 2017, Cara collaborated with DJ and producer Zedd to create the single “Stay“, and with rapper Logic to feature in his song “1-800-273-8255“. Cara has received nominations for four Grammy Awards, including a win for Best New Artist in 2018.
Cara’s second studio album, The Pains of Growing, will be released on November 30. Four singles have been released to promote the album: “Growing Pains,” “A Little More,” “Trust My Lonely,” and “Not Today.”
Life and career
1996–2013: Early life
Alessia Caracciolo hails from Brampton, Ontario, where she attended Cardinal Ambrozic Catholic Secondary School. Her family is from Calabria. Her father was born in Canada to Italian parents and her mother is an Italian immigrant. She can speak Italian. As a child, she wrote poetry and did theatre. She began playing guitar at the age of 10 and taught herself how to play various songs. At the age of 13, she began her own YouTube channel where she posted covers of songs that she performed.
2014-2017: Career beginnings and Know-It-All
In 2014, she signed a management deal with EP Entertainment. In April 2015, Cara released her official debut single through Def Jam. Titled “Here“, it was described by MTV as “a song for everyone who secretly hates parties.” Produced by Pop & Oak and Sebastian Kole, the song is her personal experience with going to a party and being super uncomfortable at it. On May 5, 2015, the song was chosen as the “can’t-miss” track by Spin, as well as being listed as a “must hear song” by Cosmopolitan. The song was also named one of the best Canadian songs of April by Complex and included on Billboard‘s “20 Pop Songs You Need For Your Summer Playlist” in June 2015. Rolling Stone later ranked “Here” at number 21 on its year-end list of the 50 best songs of 2015. On July 29, 2015, Cara made her television debut on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. “Here” then received a nomination for “Original Song” at the Streamy Awards. She released the EP Four Pink Walls, containing five songs, including her debut single. Her debut album, Know-It-All, was released on November 13, 2015.
She was short-listed for the BBC Music Sound of… award for 2016 and finished as the runner-up. Cara was awarded as Breakthrough Artist of the Year at the 2016 Juno Awards. On March 7, 2016, Cara released a music video for “Wild Things.” In April 2016, Cara was announced to be one of the supporting acts of British alternative rock band Coldplay in the European and North American legs of their A Head Full of Dreams Tour, alongside British singer songwriter and Grammy winner Foxes. On June 23, 2016, Cara was featured in a re-released version of the song “Wild” by Troye Sivan. The music video was released on July 22, 2016. She played Glastonbury Festival on June 24, 2016, in the John Peel tent. The music video for Cara’s single “How Far I’ll Go“, from the Disney film Moana, was released on November 3, 2016, and since then has received over 200 million views on YouTube. The song was written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, produced by Oak Felder, and the video was directed by Aya Tanimura. On December 15, 2016, Cara released a music video for “Seventeen.”
Cara performed as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live as on February 4, 2017. On April 18, 2017, the music video of the song “Stay” by Zedd featuring Cara was released. Cara featured on the song “1-800-273-8255” from Logic‘s Everybody album. The song was released as a single on April 28, 2017 and also features American singer-songwriter Khalid. Cara also made an appearance in the video, which was released on August 17, 2017.
2018: The Pains of Growing
On January 28, 2018, Cara was named the Best New Artist at the 2018 Grammy Awards, making her the first Canadian artist to win this award. On June 1, 2018, Cara released a teaser video following a week of cryptic Twitter posts. On June 9, she posted lyrics to a new song on her social media accounts for fans to piece together. Once completed, she announced the single’s cover and name on June 11. The single, entitled “Growing Pains“, was released on June 15, 2018. Its music video was released on June 20, 2018, and was nominated for Best Cinematography at the 2018 MTV VMAS.
On July 10, 2018, Cara announced that she would be releasing a song she made in her basement, written and produced by her, the next day, as a small gift for her birthday. The single, titled “A Little More”, was released on July 11, 2018, with the music video also released the same day. On September 29, 2018, the Canadian Football League announced that Cara would be the halftime performer at the 106th Grey Cup. On October 5, 2018, Cara released another song, entitled “Trust My Lonely”. A music video for the song was released the same day. On November 8, 2018, a music video for the song “Babies” by Kyle featuring Cara was released. On November 13, 2018, Cara released another song, entitled “Not Today.” The release date coincides with the three-year anniversary of the release of her debut album. Cara’s second studio album, The Pains of Growing, will be released on November 30, 2018.
Cara has been dating singer-songwriter Kevin Garrett since 2016. However, according to a recent article, some of the writing from her upcoming album comes “from the collapse of a two-year relationship.” It is unknown whether or not this is referencing a breakup with Garrett.
Reparata and the Delrons
|Reparata and the Delrons|
Classic line-up, 1965–1969: (l-r) Lorraine Mazzola, Nanette Licari, Mary “Reparata” Aiese
|Origin||New York City, United States|
Bell Records (UK)
Big Tree Records
Dart Records (UK)
North American Music Industries
|Past members||Reparata (Mary Aiese O’Leary)
Carol Drobnicki (deceased)
Reparata and the Delrons was an American girl group. They are best known for their 1965 recordings “Whenever A Teenager Cries” and “Tommy”, for the 1968 European hit “Captain of Your Ship” and for Reparata’s 1975 solo hit “Shoes“.
- 1 History
- 1.1 Beginnings (1962–1963)
- 1.2 Early years (1964–1965)
- 1.3 Success in Europe (1965–1969)
- 1.4 The Delrons without Reparata (1969–1973)
- 1.5 Reparata records solo (1971–1974)
- 1.6 “Shoes”, two Reparatas (1974–1976)
- 1.7 Reparata’s late recordings (1975–1976)
- 1.8 Reformed, re-releases (1976–1990)
- 1.9 Later years (1990–2000)
- 1.10 Recent activities
- 1.11 Legacy
- 2 Discography
- 3 Group member biographies
- 4 References
- 5 Bibliography
- 6 External links
The group started out as a five-piece high school harmony group called the Delrons, formed in 1962 at St. Brendan’s Catholic School in Brooklyn, New York by the lead singer Mary Aiese. The other original members included Nanette Licari, Regina Gallagher, and Anne Fitzgerald, but they were soon replaced by Sheila Reilly, Carol Drobnicki and Kathy Romeo. Romeo was replaced by Marge McGuire, but McGuire herself then left the group.
Early years (1964–1965)
As a trio, Aiese, O’Reilly and Drobnicki were spotted by record producers Bill and Steve Jerome. They asked Mary Aiese to choose a stage name to make the group name more interesting and marketable. She chose Reparata, her confirmation name, which she had taken from one of her favorite teachers at Good Shepherd Catholic grammar school.
The Jeromes recorded them in 1964 first for Laurie Records, then on the Pittsburgh-based World Artists label with Ernie Maresca‘s song “Whenever a Teenager Cries”. The song became a regional hit and reached #60 on the Billboard Hot 100. The follow-up, “Tommy,” co-written by Chip Taylor, reached #92. Writing about “Tommy” in her 2003 memoir A Misfit’s Manifesto: The Spiritual Journey of a Rock-and-Roll Heart, journalist and sociologist Donna Gaines comments:
“What better focus for saintly feminine devotion than the sullen “Tommy”, who once treated our girl with consideration, respect, and tenderness? But then Tommy starts acting like a dick. Still, she won’t give up on him. Her response to her callous indifference is to love him even more. I ached to love a boy like that, only in dreams.”
”He’s not so sweet and he’s far from polite,
Hardly ever calls me
And comes to pick me up late every night.”
The 1965 album Whenever a Teenager Cries showcased the singles, and included covers of popular hits by “British invasion” groups including The Beatles‘ “If I Fell” and Manfred Mann‘s “Doo Wah Diddy Diddy“.
The group became more widely known when they were invited to tour nationally with Dick Clark‘s Caravan of Stars on two occasions during 1965. However Sheila Reilly and Carol Drobnicki left the group just before the second tour began, and Reparata performed solo on the tour, with backing vocals from the wings. The next two singles were credited only to Reparata: “A Summer Thought” and “I Found My Place”.
Success in Europe (1965–1969)
When Reparata and the Delrons signed with RCA in 1965, new Delrons were needed. Original member Nanette Licari was brought back. “I Can Tell”, the first single for RCA needed a third vocalist, and although it has been reported that Lesley Gore sang on the track, it was actually session singer Lesley Miller, while Gore recorded her own version of the song. 18-year-old Lorraine Mazzola was soon recruited to join the group.
This line-up of Reparata, Licari and Mazzola became the group’s best-known and most prolific, although ironically they never released an album and none of their dozen singles ever made the US national charts. Their 1967 release “It’s Waiting There For You” became a minor hit in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with airplay on KYSN, 1460-AM. After several unsuccessful releases in a style similar to the Shangri-Las, including Jeff Barry‘s “I’m Nobody’s Baby Now,” and “I Can Hear the Rain” which featured the then-unknown Melba Moore, the group moved again to Mala Records.
In 1968 they released the up-tempo “Captain of Your Ship“, co-written by Kenny Young. Although the song missed the U.S. national charts, it became their biggest ever hit when it made #13 in the UK Singles Chart, and the group toured there. The trio’s backing group on this tour was Clouds. “Saturday Night Didn’t Happen” and “Weather Forecast” were also issued as singles, but did not repeat the success of “Captain of Your Ship”. Young said of this period: ‘”They were responsible for me moving to England. I accompanied them to Top Of The Pops…[and]…attended the reception for their hit single “Captain Of Your Ship”, along with John Lennon and Ringo at the Revolution Club in London. I met half the Beatles at our own reception…”.
“Captain Of Your Ship” was popular in many European countries, and was released in Australia and Rhodesia. Footage of the group performing the song live on the Beat-Club show on German television, introduced by Dave Lee Travis and available on video sharing websites, appears to be the only archive television footage of the group, except for some cable spots from much later in their career. The Beat Club clip shows that Reparata sings lead on the song, not Lorraine Mazzola as reported in some histories of the group. The record’s success in Europe led to the group being invited to perform at the Interfestival in Poland in August 1968 alongside British act Julie Driscoll with the Brian Auger Trinity, and Austrian Udo Juergens as well as acts from Poland, USSR, Yugoslavia and Czechoslovakia.
The B-side “Toom-Toom is a Little Boy” gave the group the unusual accolade of a release in pre-revolutionary Iran in 1968, on an EP alongside tracks by Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich, Otis Redding and Tommy James.
The Delrons without Reparata (1969–1973)
Reparata married in 1969. She took her husband’s name and became Mary O’Leary. She decided to stop doing live shows and to concentrate on starting a family and on her separate career as a schoolteacher.
Reparata agreed that Lorraine Mazzola and Nanette Licari would carry on without her doing live shows as The Delrons. They recruited Helaine Tobias, who performed as Cooky, and with Lorraine Mazzola on lead vocals they performed Reparata and the Delrons’ back catalogue. The musicians who played with the live group from this time included Dave Camacho (keyboard), Augie Ciulla (drums), Frank Franco (guitar), Frankie Pelligrino (sax) and Cooky’s future husband Joe Sirico (bass).
Reparata had already recorded some lead vocals for the group’s second LP, 1970 Rock’n’Roll Revolution, which is a collection of covers of pop standards songs of the 1950s and 1960s, and these tracks were included on the album. The album cover artwork shows the new line-up without Reparata, and the other band members also took some lead vocals on the album. The vocal arrangements on the album are credited to Lorraine Mazzola.
During her time as lead singer with The Delrons, Lorraine Mazzola began to introduce herself as Reparata. The live shows stopped in 1973 when Mazzola joined Barry Manilow‘s back-up singers Lady Flash. In Lady Flash, Mazzola began to use the stage name “Reparata Mazzola”, and has done so ever since. For clarity, in this history of the group Reparata always refers to Mary Aiese O’Leary.
Cooky Sirico and Nanette Licari did not continue with the group after Lorraine Mazzola left, and Reparata and the Delrons went on hiatus as a live act in 1973.
Reparata records solo (1971–1974)
While The Delrons played live shows without her, Reparata continued to release new singles produced by Steve and Bill Jerome, who had worked on all the group’s records since 1964.
In February 1972, Reparata signed a three-year contract with Dart Records, a UK-based label. Dart quickly released “Octopus’s Garden” (Dart ART 2006), a cover version of The Beatles song. The recording is credited to Reparata and the Delrons, although only Reparata is featured, not any of the Delrons who were still playing live in the US at that time. The B-side is “Your Life is Gone”, a dramatic story song similar to The Shangri-La’s‘ “Leader of the Pack“. In the US, it was released on Laurie Records, who had released the Delrons first single back in 1964. The production of “Octopus’s Garden” uses some vocal effects and sound effects to recapture the quirky mood and sound of the groups’ earlier recordings like “Captain of Your Ship” and “Weather Report”, and “Your Life is Gone” includes some car-crash and ambulance sound effects like “Leader of the Pack“. References to the Beatles and the Shangri-Las, and allusions to the group’s own previous hits, seemed dated in 1972, and the record was not a hit.
To capitalize on Reparata’s new material for Dart, the group’s 1968 UK hit “Captain of Your Ship” / Toom Toom Is a Little Boy (Bell Records BL 1252) was re-released there in July 1972, but it did not make the charts this time.
In 1974 a remake of the group’s 1964 hit “Whenever a Teenager Cries” was released as on the North American Music Industries label as NAMI 2024. As ever, it was produced by the Jeromes and arranged by John Abbott. It has a mono recording on one side and a stereo recording on the other. It featured only Reparata, although credited to the group. It may have been the original vocal with an overdubbed country guitar.
“Shoes”, two Reparatas (1974–1976)
On 18 October 1974 Reparata released a solo single “Shoes“, backed with “A Song for All”, as a UK-only promo on Surrey International Records as SIT 5013. Reparata’s contract with Dart Records ended in February 1975, and “Shoes” was then given a commercial release on her new label Polydor in the summer of that year. While the single was drawing praise for its catchy and unique sound, promotion and distribution were hampered by two legal disputes.
First, there was a dispute over the name Reparata. Mary O’Leary had used the name since her confirmation as a teenager, and as her stage name since 1964, first as lead singer of Reparata and the Delrons until 1969, then afterwards as a solo performer. Former bandmate Lorraine Mazzola was now also using the name, having taken over from O’Leary as lead singer at live shows between 1969 and 1973. After this line-up disbanded, Mazzola continued to use the name when working as Barry Manilow‘s back-up singer, giving the impression that Mazzola had been the lead voice of the still fondly-remembered girl group Reparata and the Delrons.
When Mary O’Leary released her latest Reparata solo single “Shoes” in 1975, with Mazzola now singing with Barry Manilow also as Reparata, this caused a problem. In a 2005 radio interview, Mary O’Leary explained that this seriously affected the success of “Shoes” because the record had to be removed from sale during the case: “When the record came out, being done by Reparata, the record was squashed because, quote unquote, Reparata was with Barry Manilow. Believe me, it’s a whole big megillah…”. O’Leary won the case when Mazzola did not come to the hearing.
Second, and separate from the dispute over the name Reparata, Dart Records disputed Polydor’s right to the master tapes of “Shoes”, which had been recorded during Reparata’s contract with Dart. This dispute was settled out of court and the single was eventually released on 8 August 1975 on both Dart and Polydor with one catalogue number.
“Shoes” did become a “turntable hit” in both the US and the UK. In August 1975 it reached #92 in the Billboard Hot 100, while in the UK it reached #43 in October 1975. The record’s biggest chart success was in South Africa, where it made the Top 10 in early 1976.
After Mary O’Leary won the right to perform as Reparata, Lorraine Mazzola changed her legal given name from Lorraine to Reparata and therefore she could continue to use the name. This has continued to cause confusion down the years, with Lorraine Mazzola often assumed to be the person who led the group Reparata and the Delrons throughout its recording career, when in fact all recordings feature Mary O’Leary’s lead vocal, except for some tracks on “1970 Rock and Roll Revolution” when all group members took turns singing lead.
Some examples of the confusion:
- The Discogs listing shows a photo of Lorraine Mazzola, but has information about Mary O’Leary,
- The Bubblegum Timemachine website says that Mazzola recorded “Shoes” (it was Mary O’Leary).
- An otherwise comprehensive review of the 2005 Best of Reparata and the Delrons compilation says that O’Leary joined Lady Flash (it was Mazzola).
Reparata’s late recordings (1975–1976)
Billboard reported in November 1975 that Reparata was making a solo album with the Jeromes and Lou Guarino, for release in early 1976. The album was not released, but some of the recordings have subsequently appeared as singles or on compilations. Her version of Bob B. Soxx & the Blue Jeans 1963 hit “Why Do Lovers Break Each Others Hearts” was included on the 2004 Ace Records compilation, Where The Girls Are Volume 6.
In March 1976, following the success of “Shoes” in the UK, and capitalising on recent success of a reissue of The Shangri-La’s “Leader of the Pack“, Reparata’s former UK label Dart Records re-packaged the 1972 single which had featured the Beatles cover “Octopus’s Garden” on the A-side, and the Shangri-La’s-like “Your Life Is Gone” on the B-side. Dart reversed the A- and B-sides, changed the credit from Reparata and the Delrons to simply Reparata, and assigned a new catalogue number ART 2057.
At the same time as “Your Life is Gone” was re-released on Dart, Reparata released another original single on Polydor, number 2058688, in the UK only, called “Jesabee Lancer (The Belly Dancer)”. Like “Shoes”, it is an Eric Beam song originally recorded by his group Felix Harp in the early 1970s. Their original was called “Savait”, and was about Jessica Lancer, not Jesabee Lancer. Also like “Shoes”, it has a Middle Eastern or Turkish pop sound which echoes the song’s lyrics about a belly dancer. In contrast, the B-side is a religious ballad called “We Need You”. The record did not make the UK singles charts, and it has been rarely heard since.
Reformed, re-releases (1976–1990)
The group’s 1965 album Whenever a Teenager Cries continued to be sold throughout the 1970s and 1980s. The group’s biography on the MTV website comments that the album was
… a low-level collectable piece that was easily found in record store used bins (especially in the northeast) well into the ’80s and, in contrast to most other original girl group LPs, only cost $15 to $20. Thus, for 20 years after that album’s release, Reparata & the Delrons’ music, easier to find and less expensive than, say, originals by the Crystals or Darlene Love, was frequently a first-purchase by lots of people getting into the girl group sound.
In the late 1970s, several of the group’s 1960s singles including “Panic” and “It’s Waiting There For You” became favourites on the Northern soul scene in England. “Panic” was re-released in the UK in 1978 on an EP of Northern Soul classics which also featured tracks by Gerri Granger and James & Bobby Purify.
That same year, Mary O’Leary asked Nanette Licari and Cooky Sirico to reform the group with her. All three were now in their mid-30s, with jobs outside the music industry: O’Leary was a schoolteacher, Licari a cashier at a Brooklyn department store, and Sirico a secretary at a brokerage stock cage. The group became a part-time project for the trio, and they performed approximately once a month on the oldies circuit, and at club gigs and private functions in the New York City and New England areas for over twenty years.
In 1979, the group contributed vocals to Gary Private’s EP Private, on the songs “Caught Up In Los Angeles” and “Rumor Has It”. Private commented that “my producer Fred Munao knew them from other sessions so we brought them in. I was thrilled as I grew up to their voices.”.
In 1981, they released a privately pressed LP called On the Road Again on the Perfection Sound label, and they appeared on Don K. Reed’s radio show Doo Wop Shop in 1982 singing a cappella “The Book of Love“, “So Young” and “Brooklyn”.
In June 1985, the group joined James Brown and many other ’50s and ’60s artists to record the Roots of Rock ‘n’ Roll Against Famine charity single “Our Message to the People (For The Children)”. It was released in November 1986 and sales benefited the UNICEF World Hunger campaign.
Nanette Licari left the group in the late 1980s and Lauren Stich took her place. With this line-up, the group made a second appearance on Don K. Reed’s Doo Wop Shop in 1988, performing “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy“.
Reparata says in a 2016 interview that the live performances of this period were the group’s best, especially compared to the hops and club gigs of their early career, when they would either lip sync or work with a house band that was not familiar with their material:
“When we started singing again in the 80s and the 90s, we really had a good act…. We rehearsed religiously, we had our own band, we kept with the times in terms of technology and so on, with sound equipment and amplification, and we really put on a really good show.”
Later years (1990–2000)
In the early 1990s Lauren Stich returned to her main career as a horse-racing journalist and handicapper. Judy Jae joined Reparata and Cooky Sirico in what would be the group’s final line-up.
A budget Best Of compilation, called Whenever a Teenager Cries like the group’s original 1965 LP, was released in 1993 on the Collectable label.
During the 1990s the group was managed first by Mary O’Leary’s husband Jon, then by Vito Picone. The group recorded tracks for a Christmas CD in the mid-1990s. It was not released, but their version of “Winter Wonderland” appeared on the 2010 compilation “Christmas Harmonies”, and is available via Soundcloud.
In 1996 the group performed on Art Loria’s cable show Twilight Time. The clip is available on YouTube. The following year, Ace Records included an unreleased track “Look in My Diary” on the compilation Where the Girls Are, vol. 1.
In 2000, Mary O’Leary retired from teaching and decided it was time to also disband the group for good, almost 40 years after she formed the group as a high school student.
Reparata and the Delrons’ recordings are regularly featured on compilations of songs by girl groups, 1960’s records and Northern Soul favourites. Since 2000 they have been featured on at least 16 such anthologies (see Discography).
In May 2003, Mary O’Leary was a guest speaker at “Italian Americans and Early Rock and Roll”, a symposium presented at Queens College, City University of New York by the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute and the university’s Newman Center.
Licensing tracks for a Best Of compilation was always going to be logistically difficult. In their twelve-year recording career, Reparata and the Delrons recorded for more than twelve different labels. There had been an unauthorised Best Of compilation in 2001, but it was not until 2005 that an authorised Ace Records compilation The Best of Reparata and the Delrons was released. The compilation included most of the singles, and some rarities, B-sides and unreleased material. It was accompanied by a comprehensive illustrated booklet, with some new commentary by Mary O’Leary.
Also released in 2005, the Rhino Records box set One Kiss Can Lead To Another: Girl Group Sounds – Lost & Found (Rhino R2 74615) featured “I’m Nobody’s Baby Now” and “Saturday Night Didn’t Happen”. Mary O’Leary and Nanette Licari were guests at the album launch at The Cutting Room in New York City. The same month, Mary O’Leary gave an extended radio interview about her career to Alex McNeil, host of the Lost and Found show on the MIT college radio station WMBR.
A Facebook page launched in 2008 as a community for group members, musicians, friends, family and fans. Mary O’Leary, Cooky Sirico, Lauren Stich, Judy Jae and some of the group’s musicians are active participants. There is also an unofficial MySpace page (/reparatathedelrons), now inactive, and a Twitter feed (/thisisreparata) linked to the Facebook page.
In summer 2011, Nanette Licari was invited to perform some of the group’s songs at the event “She’s Got the Power”, a celebration of the girl group sound at New York City’s Lincoln Center. The supergroup formed for the event continues to perform occasionally as the Super Girls Group in New York and Connecticut, with members of The Chantels, The Toys, The Jaynetts, The Exciters and The Cookies forming a changing line-up at different shows.
Mary O’Leary gave an interview in June 2016 to Arnie Amber on the WMBS show “Oldies Unlimited”, where she spoke about her career, her theories about why the group did not make it bigger, and current interest in the group on social media.
The group had only one real hit in Europe with “Captain of Your Ship”, and only a minor early hit in the US with “Whenever a Teenager Cries”. In a 2016 radio interview, Reparata explains why she thinks the group did not have more commercial success:
“I believe that our follow-up songs in each case were misguided. We had “Whenever a Teenager Cries” and followed it up with “Tommy”, which was a very different kind of song. I believe if you have a hit, you have to stick with that feel, that style of song. You can’t go off in a completely different direction and expect to have any staying power. At least your second song has to mirror the first. And it was the same thing with “Captain of Your Ship” … The follow-up should have been a song called “Weather Forecast”, which was similar, but instead we came out with “Saturday Night Didn’t Happen”…. At the time we had very little say on what was going to be released.” 
|Year||A-side||B-side||Artist||Label and number||Chart position|
|May 64||Your Big Mistake||Leave Us Alone||The Delrons||Laurie 3252||—|
| Dec 64
29 Jan 65
|Whenever a Teenager Cries||He’s My Guy||Reparata and the Delrons with Hash Brown and his Orchestra|| World Artists 1036
| Mar 65
|Tommy||Mama Don’t Allow||Reparata and the Delrons with Hash Brown and his Orchestra||World Artists 1051
|1965||A Summer Thought||He’s the Greatest||Reparata with Hash Brown and his Orchestra||World Artists 1057||—|
|1965||I Found My Place||The Boy I Love||Reparata||World Artists 1062||—|
|Dec 65||I Can Tell||Take a Look Around You||Reparata and the Delrons||RCA 47-8721||—|
|Apr 66||I’m Nobody’s Baby Now||Loneliest Girl in Town||Reparata and the Delrons with Hash Brown and his Orchestra||RCA 47-8820||—|
|Aug 66||He Don’t Want You||Mama’s Little Girl||Reparata and the Delrons with Hash Brown and his Orchestra||RCA 47-8921||—|
|Feb 67||The Kind of Trouble That I Love||Boys and Girls||Reparata and the Delrons||RCA 47-9123||—|
|1967||I Can Hear The Rain||Always Waiting||Reparata and the Delrons|| RCA 47-9185, Kapp 1691
|Sep 67||I Believe||It’s Waiting There For You||Reparata and the Delrons||Mala 573||—|
|Captain of Your Ship||Toom Toom (Is a Little Boy)||Reparata and the Delrons|| Mala 589
Bell BLL1002 1
Stateside HSS 1265
| May 68
31 May 68
|Saturday Night Didn’t Happen||Panic||Reparata and the Delrons|| Bell BLL 1014
Bell BLL 1014
| Jul 68
|Weather Forecast||You Cant Change a Young Boys Mind||Reparata and the Delrons|| Bell BLL 1021
Stateside FSS 598
|Heaven Only Knows||Summer Laughter||Reparata and the Delrons|| Mala 12026
Stateside HSS 1315
|Apr 69||(That’s What Sends) Men to the Bowery||(That’s What Sends) Men to the Bowery||Reparata and the Delrons||Kapp 989||—|
|May 69||Hold the Night||San Juan||Reparata and the Delrons||Kapp 2010||—|
|Sep 69||Walking in the Rain||I’ve Got An Awful Lot Of Losing You To Do||Reparata and the Delrons||Kapp K2050||—|
|Apr 71||There’s So Little Time||Just You||Reparata||Big Tree 114||—|
|28 Apr 72||Octopus’s Garden||Your Life is Gone||Reparata and the Delrons|| Dart ART 2006
Odeon/Electrola 1C 006-93 451
Philips 6015-056 Spot ST-40017
|21 Jul 72||Captain of Your Ship||Toom Toom (Is a Little Boy)||Reparata and the Delrons||Bell BL1252||—|
|1974||Whenever a Teenager Cries||Whenever a Teenager Cries||Reparata and the Delrons||NAMI 2024||—|
|8 Aug 75||Shoes||A Song for All||Reparata|| Dart / Polydor
|27 Feb 76||Jesabee Lancer (The Belly Dancer)||We Need You||Reparata||Polydor 2058688||—|
|6 Feb 76||Your Life is Gone||Octopus’s Garden||Reparata||Dart ART 2057||—|
|1976||Panic||Saturday Night Didn’t Happen||Reparata and the Delrons||Eric Records 5010||—|
|1978||I Go To Pieces||Panic / Shake a Tail Feather||Gerri Granger, Reparata and the Delrons, James and Bobby Purify||Casino Classics CC3||—|
|1980s||Whenever A Teenager Cries||Tommy||Reparata and the Delrons||Collectables COL 3187||—|
|Jan 1985||Keep On||Captain of Your Ship||Bruce Channel / Reparata and the Delrons||Old Gold 9504||—|
|Nov 1986||Our Message To The People (For The Children) (vocal)||Our Message To The People (For The Children) (instrumental)||Roots of Rock’n’Roll Against Famine||Downtown Records 1003||—|
|Mar 2016||Panic||Captain of Your Ship||Reparata and the Delrons||Outta Sight OSV153||—|
|1965||Whenever a Teenager Cries||World Artists WAM 2006|
|1970||1970 Rock and Roll Revolution||Avco Embassy|
|1981||On the Road Again||Perfection Sound |
|1993||Whenever a Teenager Cries [anthology]||Collectables |
|2001||Magical Musical History Tour [anthology]||Mo-Banana 1001|
|2005||Best of Reparata and the Delrons [anthology]||Ace Records|
|2012||The Best of Reparata and the Delrons [anthology]||Masters Classics|
This is an incomplete selection of compilation albums and CDs which feature tracks by Reparata and the Delrons, or Reparata solo. 
|Year||Title||Track||Label and number|
|1969?||Top 4 sampler (Iran)||“Captain of Your Ship“||Top 4 EX-4261|
|1975||20 Blazing Bullets||“Shoes“||Ronco RTL2012|
|1976||Super Disco ||“Shoes“||Polydor 2413 805|
|1976||Disco Explosion Vol. 1||“Shoes“||Pickwick SHM 903|
|1976||20 Original Hits.||“Shoes“||Polydor 2413 804|
|1976||Hit Action||“Jesabee Lancer (The Belly Dancer)”||Polydor 2413 306|
|1980||Star Power||“Captain of Your Ship”||Pickwick SSD 8036|
|1985||Stop Look Listen||“Your Big Mistake”||ACT001|
|1989||20 Collector’s Records of the 50s and 60s, Vol. 2||“Your Big Mistake”||LCD4094|
|1991||The Spirit of the 60s: 1968 – The Hits Don’t Stop||“Captain of Your Ship”||TL531/18|
|1995||Early Girls Vol. 1||“Whenever a Teenager Cries”||CDCHD 608|
|1997||Where the Girls Are Vol 1||“Look in my Diary”||CDCHD 648|
|2000||Hits Hits Hits 60s 70s||“Captain of Your Ship“||74321793042|
|2000||The Original Wanderer||“Your Big Mistake”||CDCHD 762|
|2004||1968 The Soundtrack||“Captain of Your Ship“|
|2004||Where the Girls Are Vol. 6||“Why Do Lovers Break Each Others Hearts”||CDCHD1032|
|2005||Phil’s Spectre II: Another Wall of Soundalikes||“I’m Nobody’s Baby Now”||CDCHD 1059|
|2005||One Kiss Can Lead to Another: Girl Group Sounds Lost and Found”||“Saturday Night Didn’t Happen”, “I’m Nobody’s Baby Now”||CDCHD 1229|
|14/9/2007||Testament van den 60s||“Captain of Your Ship“||USM 984 812-8|
|15/10/2007||100 Hits 60s||“Captain of Your Ship“||Demon DMG 100 001|
|2009||Wild Thing: The Songs of Chip Taylor||“Tommy”||CDCHD 1229|
|2009||The Laurie Records Story Vol. 3: Girls and Girl Groups||“Your Big Mistake”, “Your Life is Gone”||CDCHD 1231|
|2009||Northern Soul Movers Vol. 3||“Panic”||Vintage Saint Records|
|2009||100 Hits: Northern Soul||“Panic”||100 Hits|
|2010||Holiday Harmonies||“Winter Wonderland“||Landlord Records|
|2011||The Best of the Northern Soul Story||“Panic”||88697816382|
|2011||Mad Men||“Doo Wah Diddy“||Golden Lane records|
|2011||Sugar Sugar: The Birth of Bubblegum Pop||“Captain of Your Ship“||Sony TV|
|2011||Sounds of the Sixties||“Captain of Your Ship“||EMI TV|
|2012||Be My Baby: The Girls of the Sixties||“Captain of Your Ship“|
|2015||Girl Crazy!||“Panic”||Ace Records HIQLP 038|
|Rock ‘n’ Roll||“Lollipop“, “Be My Baby“||86 913 XBT|
Group member biographies
Several of the group’s former members and musicians, as well as fans, friends and family, are active on the Reparata and the Delrons Facebook page.
Mary Katherine Aiese was born on December 31, 1947. She formed the group as a high school student in 1962. She led the group throughout its existence, except for 1969–1973 when she stopped performing live, although she continued to record. She married Jonathan O’Leary in 1969 and took his name. They have two children Nicole and Jonathan Jr, and four grandchildren Analiese, Nicholas, Jonathan III and Ava. Mary taught fifth and sixth grade for 32 years. In 1975 she had an unexpected solo hit in the UK and South Africa with “Shoes“. Around this time, she also won a legal dispute with former bandmate Lorraine Mazzola over the right to perform as Reparata. O’Leary reformed the group in 1978 as a part-time project, finally disbanding the group in 2000 when she retired from teaching. She lives in Neponsit, Queens and works as an estate agent and a personal tutor.
Nanette R. Licari, born 24 May 1947, was in the earliest iteration of the group at high school from 1962–1963, then she rejoined in 1965. Nanette continued to perform with the group until the late 1980s. During the 5-year period when the group was inactive from 1973, she worked as a cashier at a Brooklyn department store. She later became an elementary school teacher and worked at a Catholic school in Brooklyn, from where she is now retired. In summer 2011 she performed at the event “She’s Got the Power”, a celebration of the girl group sound at New York City’s Lincoln Centre. She continues to perform occasionally in the Long Island area as a member of oldies group the Tercels and at nostalgia gigs with other former members of 1960s girl groups. Nanette lives in Ozone Park, Queens with her husband Robert Salerno, where she occasionally makes the local news as a high-profile animal lover and rescuer of stray cats.
Lorraine Marie Mazzola, born 25 February 1947, joined the group in 1965. She became lead singer in 1969 when Mary Aiese decided to stop doing live shows, and informally called herself Reparata. Mazzola left the group in 1973 to form Barry Manilow‘s backing group Lady Flash, staying with them until 1979. After losing the 1975 court case to Mary O’Leary over the sole right to the stage name Reparata, Mazzola formally changed her given name to Reparata. She co-wrote the book Mafia Kingpin: the True Story of Sonny Gibson (1981), and she wrote and acted in a film with Gibson called Dark Before Dawn (1988). More recently, she has been developing the book into a movie. She was nominated for an Emmy as writer-producer of an informational series for WCBS-TV in New York. In May 2001 she pleaded guilty to being involved in a fraudulent investment scheme with Gibson. Mazzola contributed an essay to the 2007 book Women’s Poker Night, and for five years she was a contributing editor for Poker Pro magazine. She was Events and Operations director for WriteGirl, a programme in creative writing for at-risk young women in Los Angeles and continues to work in the entertainment field. Mazzola brought her experience as a writer and fundraiser for non-profits to her work as Secretary for the Gate Community, a spiritual organisation of entertainment professionals. She and her partner Chef Gordon Smith published Save the Males: A Kitchen Survival Cookbook in 2013. In 2017 she was running the social media campaign for the upcoming Ed Wood: The Musical. She lives in Los Angeles.
Cooky Sirico was born Helaine F. Tobias on 2 February 1948 She first became a Delron in 1969 when Mary O’Leary stopped performing live. Originally known by the mononym Cooky, in November 1971 she married the group’s bass player Joe Sirico (born 29 November 1946) and took his name. When the live group became inactive in 1973, Cooky became a secretary at a brokerage stock cage. Cooky rejoined the group when they reformed as a part-time project in 1978 and performed with them for the next 22 years until they disbanded in 2000. Cooky and Joe continue to perform in the tri state area in the oldies groups The BeBops, Johnny and the Raybands, and Just Friends. Cooky also performs with The Remnants and with Witness, and Joe plays with the Brooklyn Keys. Cooky and Joe have two adult daughters, Jackie and Stephanie.
Carol Dorothy Drobnicki, born 13 February 1947 was in the group 1962–1964. She married Frank Barsh in September 1965, and later remarried and was known as Carol Scordilis. She died from cancer in December 1980 at the age of 33.
Sheila Reilly was a Delron from 1963–1965. She became a teacher, and taught at St Thomas Aquinas School in Brooklyn. She later moved to Seattle, Washington and became a school principal.
Judy Jae was in the final line-up from 1992 to 2000. She went on to record four CDs of original country-crossover material in Nashville, and continues to perform in Manhattan and on Long Island, and to write music under the name Judy Rae Jae.
Lauren S. Stich was born on Christmas Day 1951. She joined the group for a year in the late 1980s. Lauren continues to sing occasionally, but works more behind the scenes as the founder and director of a talent agency. Lauren also has a separate career as a respected writer on horse racing, and she also breeds horses. She wrote a weekly column for the Daily Racing Formand is now a racing handicapper and analyst for the Racing Digest. Lauren lives in Las Vegas.
Anne Fitzgerald and Regina Gallagher were in the group from 1962–1963, and Marge McGuire was a member from 1963–1965.
Drummer Augie Ciulla recorded with his nephews’ band The Infinite Staircase, and was featured on their debut album The Road Less Taken, which was released in early 2009. Keyboard player Dave Camacho performs with the Borinquen Blues Band.