Nancy LaMott, who died in her early forties, was called “the greatest cabaret singer since Sinatra.” In her brief career, she touched many hearts with the purity of her voice and her simple, honest approach to a lyric. Whether live or on record, backed by a piano or full orchestra, her passion for singing and her generosity of spirit were the hallmarks of a great entertainer. Stephen Holden, in The New York Times, said that “She brought to everything she sang a clean, clear sense of line, impeccable enunciation and a deep understanding of how a good song could convey a lifetime’s experience.” The Wall Street Journal’s Terry Teachout wrote, “The best cabaret singer I ever heard…heartfelt, irresistibly appealing.” Even the uncompromising John Simon, in The New Yorker, said of LaMott, “She fully fathoms what a song is about, and then, rather than merely singing it, lives it.”
Vividly recalled by those who admired her, the 2007 posthumous release of a CD recorded just weeks before her death in 1995, Nancy LaMott: Live at Tavern on the Green, was greeted with a combination of exuberance and solace.
Category: Hall of Fame