Friday, July 31, 2015

Maureen McGovern

Artist: Maureen McGovern
LP: Nice To Be Around
Song: "Nice To Be Around" 
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Song: "Put a Little Love Away" 
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Maureen McGovern has one of those big, dramatic, fabulous singing voices just like her sprawling, exploding hairdo—it's perfectly suited to the big, dramatic, fabulous theme songs from gigantic disaster movies like THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE and THE TOWERING INFERNO, which is where she got her start. (McGovern's "The Morning After" from the famous 1972 sinking boat movie went to #1 on the charts and earned her a Grammy nomination as Best New Artist.) The title track on Maureen's 1974 "Nice To Be Around" LP peaked at #101 on the US singles charts, whereas another single from the album, "Give Me a Reason to Be Gone" peaked at #71. I learned all of this and more from the Maureen McGovern Wikipedia page here, and for even more info you can visit the official Maureen McGovern website here

I was perplexed at first why the Wikipedia entry made no mention of Maureen McGovern's lovely rendition of "Torn Between Two Lovers," from the 1979 film of the same name. But then of course I realized I was getting Maureen McGovern mixed up with Mary MacGregor—and I also began to realize how grateful I am that Marilyn McCoo, Marlee Matlin, Melissa Manchester, Mary McDonnell, Melba Moore and Marilyn Manson didn't each also release powerful theme songs to explosive '70s dramas or I'd never have been able to sort out whose which was what.

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