Petula Clark – Singer of the century…?

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Just some facts; Petula Clark (1932 – ) will turn 85 years old in November this year. She made her first public appearance on radio in the early 40’s, and her first record, “Put your shoes on, Lucy” in 1949. None of that is very remarkable, but what is remarkable is that Petula is still performing, and still recording. And, may I add – still doing it very well, with no signs of aging. Now, that is a feat!

During the last 5 years, Petula has put out 3 new albums: “Petula Clark” (2012), with songs mostly in French. She followed that one in 2013, releasing “Lost In You” – and last year, just before Christmas her final one so far, “From Now On” came out. I found it rather gutsy, that at age 84 she makes a new record – and gives it that title. What is most unbelievable, is that 67 years after her first record, she makes this one – AND she still sounds like a young woman! Also, none of these three albums are in any way a throw-back to days gone by, no no – Petula is spot on, doing very current material and sounding like the equal to many contemporary singers who are like 55 years younger than she is.

Petula’s 2013 album, “Lost In You”

 

Allmusic.com writes this about “Lost In You“: “Petula Clark hadn’t made a studio album featuring original compositions since the mid-70s when Lost in You was released in early 2013. Amazingly, it came 57 years after her 1957 debut album. Almost as amazingly, the 80-year-old Clark’s voice has held up remarkably well, and throughout most of the album’s 12 songs she sounds strong and soulful with only the occasional bit of studio trickery used to help her out. Working with producer John Williams, she’s crafted an album that relies on a few covers (an MOR country take on Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy,” an earnest version of “Imagine”) and a batch of newly written songs that feature Clark looking back over a long life in music (“Reflections”), lamenting lost love (“Next to You”), and looking for new love (the country-rocking “Never Enough”). Apart from her voice being so strong and soulful (check out her pleading tones on “Lost in You” if you doubt that even a little), there are two big surprises on the album. First is the slowed-down and elegiac version of her biggest hit, “Downtown”; second is the opening track on the album, “Cut Copy Me.” An insistent late-night ballad that blends acoustic guitars and swooning strings with Clark’s Auto-Tuned voice and some icy synths, it’s the kind of sad and pretty song Saint Etienne would kill for. It also serves notice that Lost in You isn’t a nostalgic exercise for Clark; she’s fully up to date. It’s a quiet triumph of a song that stands as an equal to her best work from the past. There are a couple of missteps (the thin-sounding cover of the Gershwin standard “He Loves and She Loves,” the overwrought take on Elvis’ “Love Me Tender”) and one can’t help but wish at times that she had chosen to work with a producer who was a little more sonically adventurous than Williams; he’s stuck firmly in the middle of the road and while that fits some of the songs, it would have been interesting to hear what Air, for example, would have done with the sound. Wishes aside, Lost in You is an impressive achievement that shows Clark is still alive and kicking, and stands as a reminder that she is one of the great vocalists of her era.”

I might not agree with everything said above, I find the album a joy to listen to – this is great music, performed by one of the most enduring female vocalists of all time!

 

Petula’s 2016 album, “From Now On”

Allmusic.com writes this about “From Now On“: “Petula Clark began her career as an entertainer in 1939, when she was just seven years old, and hosted her own radio show at age 11. The mere fact she still has a singing career at the age of 84 is remarkable in itself, but on 2016’s From Now On, the U.K. pop legend sounds impressively up to date. It’s hard to imagine an octogenarian pop singer who is able to get over without nostalgia being part of the formula. But Clark comes very close to that here; her voice isn’t as strong as it once was, but it still possesses a remarkable clarity, and her command of her instrument is precise. Clark and producer John Owen Williams are smart enough to give her material that allows her voice to float with the current rather that push against the grain. But the largely electronic backings on “Sacrifice My Heart” and “Sincerely” push Clark toward contemporary pop (the former even finds her embracing Auto-Tune for effect), and Clark’s subtly passionate, confident delivery suggests the work of an artist a fraction of her age. Clark also wrote or co-wrote seven of the eleven tracks on From Now On (“Pour Etre Aime de Toi” finds her composing in tandem with Charles Aznavour), and she’s an able tunesmith who can walk the line between pop classicism and 21st century gloss with a capable stride. Though the production sometimes feels a bit cool, there’s a genuine warmth to Clark’s performances that’s effective and winning. And while a reasonable person might wonder if they ever need to hear another cover of the Beatles’ “Blackbird” or Peggy Lee’s “Fever,” Clark puts an unexpectedly fresh spin on her interpretations, and brings a playful sexiness to the latter that one would not expect from a woman her age. Anyone hoping Clark will re-create the sound of her Tony Hatch-produced singles of the ’60s is bound to be disappointed, but From Now On is music that’s mature but not dated or stiff, and reminds us she’s still one of the most thoughtful and capable pop vocalists at work today. An admirable achievement in a career that has spanned eight decades … so far.

A recent photo of the great Petula Clark

Her recording career stretching from 1949 until 2016 is in itself quite a feat! But the fact that she makes music that sounds so current and fresh is remarkable, and the fact that her voice still is just fabulous – that is really something. There are other singers out there, who had very long recording careers – but some of them should have given it up many years earlier. Anita O’ Day (making records between 1941 and 2006) had no voice left when she made her final album. Peggy Lee (whom I totally love) recorded between 1941 and 1995, but made a poor choice when she re-recorded some of her early 1940’s hits in 1990 – making the new versions proving once and for all that they should have been left in the can. Margaret Whiting made records from 1942 until 1990 (and sang live even longer), but she mostly stuck to evergreens and standards, and knew exactly how to make them sound still good even when she approached the age of 80.

Petula can just go on singing forever, if she keeps up sounding like this! Her career is a textbook example on “how to do it”, and tracing her musical development from 1949 and up until today, makes one thing very clear: Petula Clark is one of the best singers in popular music ever!

 

 

 

 

A personal tribute – Goodbye, Jackie Trent

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When Colin Gregory emailed me yesterday, to tell me his wife of the last ten years – Jackie Trent (1940-2015) – had died on March 21st, I couldn’t really believe what I was reading…..

I had a kind of “special” relationship with Jackie, and we kept in touch by email (at infrequent intervals) during many years. So even though we have never met in person, getting an email from Jackie always felt like hearing from a dear old friend. Whether she did this with all of her fans or just me, I don’t know. But she was thrilled to bits the first time I wrote her, and she immediately proclaimed me to be her No 1 Fan in Norway!

 

Jackie used to sign all her mails to me with "Love from Jackie - Big voice, big hair"! This photo shows the latter...

Jackie used to sign all her mails to me with “Love from Jackie – Big voice, big hair”! This photo shows the latter…

 

I guess some of you now wonder – who IS Jackie Trent? Even if the name might not be familiar, her music no doubt will be. As a songwriter Jackie collaborated with her then-husband Tony Hatch, and together they wrote a long list of songs that are now classics. Petula Clark had several hits in the 1960s that were written by Jackie and Tony. There can’t be anyone alive on planet Earth who hasn’t heard songs like “Downtown”, “I Know A Place”, “I Couldn’t Live Without  Your Love”….. In addition, they also wrote the theme song to the Australian TV-series “Neighbours” and the British football team Stoke City got the song “We’ll Be With You” written especially for them – and 40 years on it is still the teams personal anthem, being sung at each and every game. Tony & Jackie wrote more than 400 songs together.

 

Tony Hatch and Jackie Trent - what a team!

Tony Hatch and Jackie Trent – what a team!

 

Jackie the singer is another chapter in the musical life and career of the great Miss Trent. Jackie might joke about her “big voice, big hair” and while the hairdos changed through the years, the voice never did. Jackie was a tremendously gifted singer as well. The girl born as Yvonne Burgess in 1940, made her first record in 1962 – a single called “Pick Up The Pieces”. Renamed Jackie Trent, she was another one of the British big-voiced girls. I don’t know why, but a whole lot of the great caucasian and really soulful girl singers come from Great Britain: Dusty Springfield, Lulu, Cilla Black, Kiki Dee, Sheena Easton, Amy Winehouse, Adele etc., etc. And Jackie is right up there with the rest of them….

By 1963, Jackie was signed to the PYE label, and stayed with them for the next 11 years. And during this era, she made the bulk of her recorded legacy. While she (of course!) recorded her own songs, she also had a great eye for picking winners from other sources and her years on PYE is chock-full of vocal delights.

 

This is the one to get! 50 great recording by Jackie 1963-75

This is the one to get! 50 great recording by Jackie 1963-75

 

The PYE years provided Jackie with many musical highlights, and the collection pictured above is really the one to get. It proves once and for all that as a singer Jackie is just marvelous, and each of the 50 tracks proves it! Whether doing soft ballads or something powerful and up-tempo, Jackie is right on target. Her spectoresque treatment of Edith Piafs classic “If You Love Me, Really Love Me” sounds like it’s produced by the man himself. And while the music also here is indeed a wall of sound, Jackie cuts right through and delivers a truly powerful vocal. “Time After Time” is an old evergreen that has been done by hundreds of singers through the years. Jackies version is an updated one, making it sound like a completely new song, and another stunning vocal performance.

Phil Spector did produce the Ronettes version of “You, Baby” – but he and Ronnie Spector must have been tearing their (big) hair out when they heard what Jackie did with it. Her take on that song is true perfection! The title track was Jackies only charttopper, and it is still a classic 60s power ballad that has stood the test of time very well. Other highlights are “Love Is Me, Love Is You” (also recorded by Connie Francis in both English and German to great effect), “Goin’ Back” (Jackies version is in the same league as those recorded by Dusty Springfield, Eydie Gorme and Elkie Brooks – all of which are awesome!), “If You Go Away”, “Send In The Clowns”, “Corner Of The Sky” (from “Pippin”) and “Everybody Rejoice” (from “The Wiz”). If just one track has to be specially highlighted, it has to be the fabulous interpretation of Scott Walkers “Such A Small Love”. It is a perfect example on how lyrics, voice and music can perfectly melt together and create true magic. If this doesn’t give you goosepimples all over – nothing ever will!

 

Jackie on stage in 1971, no doubt flooding the audience with great singing

Jackie on stage in 1971, no doubt flooding the audience with great singing

 

After the mid-70’s, Jackie took a rather long break from recording – but she was still performing around the globe, both in concerts and in musicals. Examples of the latter being “Nell” (1969), “The Card” (1973), “Rock Nativity” (1976) and “High Society” (2004).

Jackie personally wrote me in late 2008 to tell me she was planning a new album, the first in more than 30 years. The plans came through all right, and “Trentquility” was released in 2009. It proves that Jackie had lost none of her talent, and her voice and interpretive skills are completely intact. The whole album is great, but the song that stands out is “Handbags And Gladrags”. Compare it with the more famous recordings by Chris Farlow and Rod Stewart, and you will see what dimensions Jackie brings to the intricate melody and cryptic lyrics. Another masterpiece!

 

Her 2009 album "Trentquility" turned out to be last collection of new recordings made by Jackie....

Her 2009 album “Trentquility” turned out to be last collection of new recordings made by Jackie….

 

Her legacy as a singer and composer is stunning, and new versions of Jackies songs are being made every year. She will be remembered as one of the truly great songwriters of the 21st Century, and rightfully so. She should also be remembered as the powerful but emotional singer that she was – a singing actress indeed. Jackie could go from a soft whispering to a big belting sound in a matter of just a few notes, and the kind of singer that she was is the kind you very rarely hear these days.

 

Jackie Trent - forever remembered with much love and admiration

Jackie Trent – forever remembered with much love and admiration

 

My very best to Jackies ex-husband and co-writer Tony Hatch – thanks for creating all that great music! My heart goes out to Jackies children Darren and Michelle, and her husband Colin. To you she was wife and mum, to me she was someone I admired tremendously, and it was always a thrill to get an email from Jackie. I will miss her Christmas greetings this year…..

 

 

 

 

Sheena Easton – The great Scot!

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Flashback to late 1980: two young boys of 14 from the suburb of Haugerud, Oslo are about to enter the Grand Hotel in downtown Oslo. They are on an assignment for their school paper, to do an interview with a new singer who’s just released her first single. We are guided into a smaller room, and in there is a beautiful young woman of about 20, obviously tired from travelling and promotion gigs, but none the less cordial and smiling while sipping on a glass of mineral water… The first thing we notice is that her English accent is different from the kind of English we’ve learned in school – but then we remember that she is Scottish. We ask her all the questions we had prepared, and one of them concerns what she will be doing next. Her reply to that is that she is preparing her first album, and that there had been some talk about recording the theme song for a movie…. When we finish, she gives us a hug and wishes us both good luck with our school paper. Oh my God! At age 14,  I’ve just been hugged by Sheena Easton!

On that day, more than 33 years ago, neither she nor I could have known what direction her career would take. Miss Easton probably might not even remember this “interview” (but I certainly do!). She was a newcomer with a bright musical future predicted, and boy did she fulfill those expectations! In a matter of weeks after our meeting, Sheena’s debut album came out and she went from promising newcomer to full-fledged pop star in a very short time. In the last 15 years, Sheena has been out of the spotlight (at least in Europe), so this is a reminder of a spectacular recording career that produced an awesome amount of great music.

Sheena Easton around the time when I first met her..

Sheena Easton around the time when I first met her..

Chronologically, Sheena’s recorded output spans exactly 20 years; her first single came out 1980, and her (so far) last album came out in 2000. In that time span, she made 15 studio albums, had numerous hits, she received a total of seven Grammy Award nominations (winning two of them). She is also the only artist ever to have Top 5 hits on each of  Billboards key charts : “Morning Train” (Pop, Adult Contemporary), her duet with Kenny Rogers, “We’ve Got Tonight” (Country),”Telephone (Long Distance Love Affair)”  (Dance), and “Sugar Walls” (R&B). And she also joined that exclusive bunch of singers who have performed the title song to one of the James Bond movies, Sheena’s contribution being, of course “For Your Eyes Only” (1981). Her international break-through single, “Morning Train (9 To 5)” reached number 1 in the US, and thus making Sheena the fifth British female singer to achieve that feat. She was preceded by Vera Lynn (“Auf Wiederseh’n Sweetheart”, 1952), Petula Clark (“Downtown”, 1965/”My Love”, 1966), Lulu (“To Sir With Love”, 1967) and Kiki Dee (“Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”, 1975 – in a duet with Elton John) Sheena was born on April 27th 1959, in the Scottish town Belshill, where she grew up as the youngest of six children. She was a student at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (situated in Glasgow) 1975-79. In 1979 she married, and thus got the surname Easton. She was also chosen to star in the TV show “The Big Time” – having a camera team following here around for a year as she was trying to get herself into the music business….  Her first single, “Modern Girl” was released to coincide with the TV show.

Sheena's 1980 debut single

Sheena’s 1980 debut single

While singles like “Modern Girl” and “One Man Woman” didn’t exactly burn up the charts, the next one did; “Morning Train” was the song that launched Sheena’s career. It was a huge hit all over the world, and even made it to number 1 in the US. Her first album, “Take My Time” followed – and it was a nice mix of lovely ballads and up-tempo pop songs. Sheena then recorded her James Bond theme song, “For Your Eyes Only” – and she was visible in the movie’s opening sequence, singing the song while the credits were rolling.

The very first Sheena Easton album (1981)

The very first Sheena Easton album (1981)

Off to a flying start indeed, Sheena and her producers quickly put out another album, “You Could Have Been With Me” (1981). Containing the same mix of ballads and uptempo songs as her debut, but showing signs of her development into an even better singer (although, what was there to begin with was pretty awesome too!). Hits from the album was “A Little Tenderness”, the lovely title track – featuring a stunning vocal performance, and the great dance track “Just Another Broken Heart”. Along the way, “For Your Eyes Only” was nominated for the Academy Award for best original movie song, and Sheena performed it during the Oscar ceremony. She also won the 1981 Grammy for Best New Artist. Her third album “Madness, Money & Music” gave her more hits in the form of “Are You Man Enough”, “Ice Out In The Rain” and “Machinery”. On this album, she also sang the (now) semi-standard “Wind Beneath My Wings”, that later was a big Bette Midler hit, while also being recorded very well by Gladys Knight, Gary Morris and Freda Payne. Another stand-out performance on this record is “I Wouldn’t Beg For Water” – one of her best songs ever! So, how can one describe the Easton voice…? Sheena has a crystal clear, very pure voice, that is capable of great vocal flexibility. She can reach some very high notes, and when she does – she never screams or yells, instead it seems like she makes her voice swell, adding power. She can also lower her voice down to a throaty, sexy whisper – and she can scale up or down from one to the other in matter of nanoseconds. Talented enough to put her gorgeous vocals to great use on everything from country ballads, big band jazz and electronic disco; Her 15 studio albums form a musical documentation of a one-of-a-kind singer with a great voice that never sounds, even remotely, like anybody else. 1983 was the year when Sheena stepped a little away from the formula of ballads/pop apparent on her first three albums. She duetted with country music superstar Kenny Rogers, and they landed a big country hit with “We’ve Got Tonight”. She also teamed up with Mexico’s Luis Miguel on the duet “Me Gustas Tal Como Eres”, and thereby also making her first appearance on the latin Music Charts! She made another album, “Best Kept Secret” – from which “Telephone (Long Distance Love Affair)” was a major hit. And boosted by her success with Luis, she also recorded a Spanish language album, “Todo Me Recuerdo A Ti” – featuring Spanish versions of her greatest hits and some new songs.

Her 1983 album "Todo Me Recuerdo A Ti", sung entirely in Spanish

Her 1983 album “Todo Me Recuerdo A Ti”, sung entirely in Spanish

Having proved her versatility, 1984 saw Sheena go through a change of image, and opting for a darker, funkier style of music. The first result of this was her new album “A Private Heaven“. No less than three hit singles came off this album; “Strut”, “Swear” and “Sugar Walls”. She received another Grammy nomination for “Strut” (Best female pop/rock vocal performance). “Sugar Walls” (written by Prince) was banned from radio play due to “sexually suggestive” lyrics, but still made it to number 3. This album also features a stunning take on Joan Armatrading’s “Love And Affection”… Nile Rodgers had pulled the best out of Chic, Sister Sledge and Diana Ross, as well as Carly Simon and Debbie Harry – when he was assigned as Sheena’s producer in 1985. Their joint effort, “Do You” is indeed an achievement to be proud of! Although no big hits appeared on the album, it’s still well worth searching out. It contains some of the most outstanding songs she’s recorded. “Do It For Love”, “Don’t Turn Your Back”, “Young Lions”, “Don’t Break My Heart”. She also does an updated version of the Vandellas’ old hit “Jimmy Mack”. Around this time Sheena often performed another 60’s nugget – The Crystals “He’s A Rebel”. Why it wasn’t put on the album, I don’t know – it would have benefited greatly from the Nile Rodgers magic touch as well… Sheena was then headed for some bad Luck; due to problems with the record label, her next album wasn’t very well promoted – and it sort of fell under radar, and had a limited release. Pity, because “No Sound But A Heart” is another great Sheena Easton record, and tracks like “Wanna Give My Love”, “Eternity” and “Still In Love” are all very good.

1987 album "No Sound But A Heart" suffered from bad promotion...

1987 album “No Sound But A Heart” suffered from bad promotion…

That streak of bad Luck was to disappear the next year though – 1987/1988 saw Sheena reach number 2 on the charts on two occasions, she made another great album that was very successful, and she branched out into acting…. She had already done one of his songs on her “A Private Heaven” album, and this year she got to duet With the man himself; Prince! Their joint efforts on “U Got The Look” turned into a big hit, and landed the number 2 spot on the charts. They also got nominated for two Grammy awards for this song. Sheena then had a recurring guest role on TV’s “Miami Vice”, playing Don Johnson’s girlfriend, a singer named Caitlin Davis. She performed “Follow My Rainbow” in one of the episodes, and the song was also included on her 1988 album “The Lover In Me“. The title track of this album also reached number 2, and she had further hit singles with “Days Like This”, “101” and “No Deposit, No Return”. Having by this time permanently settled in the US (she would obtain citizenship in 1992), Sheena was looked upon as an American singer, and also having more success there than in Europe. She performed at the “Big Day” Festival in Glasgow in 1990, revealing that she now spoke with an American accent. When telling the audience it was  good to be “back home” without a trace of Scottish accent, Sheena had bottles thrown at her, was booed off the stage and forced to cut her set short. Obviously angry and hurt, Sheena vowed never to perform in her land of birth again! In the early 1990s, there was a musical fad going on, called “New Jack swing”, that was a combination of R’n’B singing over hip-hop influenced beats, and singers like Janet Jackson, Keith Sweat and Paula Abdul were notable exponents of this style. Sheena got into it as well, on her next album “What Comes Naturally” (1991). The title song gave Sheena another Top 20 hit in the states (her last), and this album also include the outstanding power ballad “To Anyone”. The album itself is actually very good, and Sheena does a great job even on this stylistically strange kind of music. The album stands as one of the very few really good examples of New Jack swing, the other being Tiffany’s “New Inside” cut the same year.

The 1991 album.... Most things sounded "naturally" when performed by Sheena - even New Jack swing!

The 1991 album…. Most things sounded “naturally” when performed by Sheena – even New Jack swing!

Having proved her talent for doing a variety of musical styles, and spreading her fabulous voice on everything from country to Spanish boleros and pounding R’n’B – where could Sheena go vocally? She answered that question by cutting “No Strings” in 1993 – a low-key, jazzy album on which she performed old standards. This collection of music is absolutely stunning, and Sheena obviously enjoys herself singing these songs. Backed by piano, bass, drums and occasional horns, she holds the spotlight all on her own, and proves once and for all that her voice really needs no big backing – it is a beautiful instrument on its own. Her performances on songs like “Body And Soul”, “The Man That Got Away” and “Never Will I Marry” are among her best recordings, and certainly the best versions of these songs ever recorded!

Her 1993 jazz album is a stand out! Adapting to a new style, Sheena sounds great!

Her 1993 jazz album is a stand out! Adapting to a new style, Sheena sounds great!

During the last 20 years, Miss Easton has made four new albums (1995-2000), adopted two children (Jake and Skylar), done Casino gigs and corporate shows – and thus combining motherhood and performing. She also starred on Broadway, playing Aldonza in “Man of La Mancha” opposite Raul Julia, and then went on to play Rizzo in “Grease“. She lives in Henderson, outside Las Vegas with her children. As for the last four albums – “My Cherie” was made 1995, and is a step back to Sheena the pop singer. The best songs on it are “Till Death Do Us Part”, “All I Ask Of You” (not the “Phantom of the Opera”-song), and then there’s “You’ve Learned To Live Without Me” – maybe the most gripping break-up song ever made, and further embellished by an absolutely gut wrenching performance by Sheena. Too bad so few people have heard it! “Freedom” appeared in 1997, with a great opening song – “When You Speak My Name”, hit single potential if ever there was! She also does a very good version of Dorothy Moore’s 1975 hit “Misty Blue” and updates her old hit “Modern Girl” with a slightly techno-inspired arrangement. In 1999 she went all acoustic on her album “Home“, sounding very relaxed and confident on everything from Paul Simon’s “St. Judy’s Comet” and Graham Nash’ “Our House” to the beautiful “Not While I’m Around” by Stephen Sondheim. The album was only released for the Japanese market, and that makes it very little known around the rest of the world. It is a wonderful record though, and highly recommended!

"Home" (1999) shows a natural looking Sheena; the perfect look for this acoustic, low key album

“Home” (1999) shows a natural looking Sheena; the perfect look for this acoustic, low key album

The last collection of music created by Sheena, is 2000’s “Fabulous“. On this, she gets into the mood of disco diva, to such a degree that it makes me think what she could have done had she been old enough to be one in the late 1970s! This is a highly pulsating, pounding record almost from start to finish, and she does a lot of covers of great dance hits from the past: Thelma Houston’s “Don’t Leave Me This Way”, The Emotions’ “Best Of My Love”, The Three Degrees’ “Giving Up, Giving In”, Donna Summer’s “Love Is In Control” are all updated (while staying true to the originals) and are perfect for dancing. She also does a great take on Patti LaBelle/Michael Mc Donald’s no. 1 duet, “On My Own”. Two New songs are on here also: “Get Here To Me” and “You Never Gave Me The Chance”. Since then, Sheena has made no new albums, but there have been several re-issues of her original albums, as well as a flood of “best of” collections….

Her last album is indeed "Fabulous"! A great party record that will keep you dancing....

Her last album is indeed “Fabulous”! A great party record that will keep you dancing….

As far as I know, Sheena has entered the recording studio just once since then, to contribute vocals to “If You’re Happy”, a cover for a Japanese disc called “Cover Morning Musume-Hello Project. She also began work as  host on the TV show Vegas Live, a talk show. In 2004, Sheena was honored by being inducted into the “Casino Legends Hall of Fame” by the Tropicana Casino. Sheena has been rumoured to have made wise investments in real estate, and made the “Rich People” list in a magazine; Sheena has denied this….. What cannot be denied is that Sheena Easton is one fabulous singer, whose 15 studio albums all contain very good music, performed by a one-of-a-kind voice! Played back to back, her albums give a great survey of a talented singer, who can easily tackle any kind of musical challenge. She has occasionally been labeled “Queen of the 80s”, and she sure is a worthy candidate for that – but her 90’s output isn’t inferior either! Sheena is a singer whose career I have followed closely through the years, and I love her songs just a much today as I did back then. Added to it, of course, is the memory of having met her at the very beginning of her long and prosperous career. If ever I meet her again, I will give her that hug back – both cheeks this time around!

Then and now.... These two photos were taken 35 years apart (and show that Sheena has changed very little through the years....)

Then and now…. These two photos were taken 35 years apart (and show that Sheena has changed very little through the years….)

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