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Lorraine Feather



Biography

Lorraine Feather (vocalist/songwriter), born in Manhattan, lived in a flat above Café Society Downtown with her mother (a former New York band singer) and her father, the noted jazz critic Leonard Feather, who also conducted the club's famed jam sessions frequented by Duke Ellington, Harry Carner, Mary Lou Williams, and others. The Feathers moved to Los Angeles and six years later she returned at age 18 to work in theater in New York. Touring, regional theater, off-Broadway work and the concert and Broadway versions of Jesus Christ Superstar followed, and then she turned to singing with various jazz and Top 40 bands in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. She backed Petula Clark and Grand Funk Railroad, and then performed her own act in Manhattan cabarets. Back in L. A., she appeared at the various clubs, did a solo album for Concord Jazz and then joined the vocal trio Full Swing, which recorded a big band album (Planet/RCA). During the 80s Full Swing appeared at the Monterey, Playboy and Kool Jazz festivals, toured Japan and Brazil, backed Bette Midler and recorded two more albums (Cypress/A&M). Ms. Feather wrote lyrics for 23 songs on the group's releases, some for classic pieces like Duke Ellington's "Rockin' in Rhythm," the Yellowjackets' "Ballad of the Whale" and Horace Henderson's "Big John's Special" (later in the movie Swing Shift ). Full Swing was featured on Barry Manilow's Swing Street album and TV special singing the Feather/Eddie Arkin song "Big Fun." Her song "2 Good 2 Be 4gotten," written with Morgan Ames and Russ Freeman, became a Top 40 Adult Contemporary single. After Full Swing dissolved, Ms. Feather focused on writing. Patti Austin, Phyllis Hyman, Carl Anderson, Djavan, Cleo Laine, Yutaka, Eric Marienthal, Jude Swift, Kevyn Lettau, Mark Winkler, David Benoit, Kenny Rankin, Tom Scott & Diane Schuur recorded songs with her lyrics. She co-wrote songs for Dinosaurs (the TV show and album - with Ray Colcord), for the MGM animated film Babes in Toyland and for the television shows Beverly Hills 90210, The Days of Our Lives and Santa Barbara . She sang on the soundtracks for Dick Tracy, Bette Midler's For the Boys and on albums for Michael Feinstein and Eric Marienthal. Her solo performance of Sondheim's "Not While I'm Around" is featured on Terry Trotter's Sweeney Todd in Jazz (Varese Sarabande). Her album The Body Remembers (1997, Bean Bag), was written with various co-writer/producers, including her husband, drummer Tony Morales, and Eddie Arkin, composer for Melrose Place . Her 2001 tribute album to Fats Waller features Dick Hyman, Mike Lang and Fats Waller himself, in sampled form (Rhombus Records). Cafe Society, with her lyrics set to music by Duke Ellington, Johnny Mandel, Don Grusin, Eddie Arkin, Russell Ferrante and David Benoit, was released in early 2003 as was Jungle Book II , a Disney feature film for which Ms. Feather wrote two songs with Australian composer Paul Grabowsky.

April 2004
Lorraine Feather