A sad story about a very talented singer
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 06, 2008 6:14 pm    Post subject: A sad story about a very talented singer Reply with quote

Until recently I had never heard of Lena Zavaroni. She was born in Scotland, had an amazing singing voice, and was 'discovered' when she was 10 years old. She toured the world, and appeared in America on the Tonight Show, then hosted by Johnny Carson.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iG4y6WCY1RA

Another clip can be found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p_7G2gZ3Zvg

As a child she always wore her trademark white knee socks.

She developed Anorexia Nervosa as a young teen, and struggled with her health all of her short adult life. She died in 1999 at the age of 35.

A tribute to Lena can be found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=auRl-cMgBhE

It's hard to watch her videos knowing about her short tragic life without feeling sadness for her. Crying or Very sad
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 06, 2008 7:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I do remember this girl, from the Johnny Carson show, and the extraordinary voice at 10.

One of our dear friends sang in a male quartet in college, travelling, singing, living out of motel rooms, out of suitcase

He always wanted to be known for his singing - and that life was soon what he did NOT want, as was so very hard. He has one of the finest tenor voices

and show biz is cruel, look at many today, the Ashley twin; Britney Spears, and many others...I don't relish their heartaches

This friend also told me about a 10 year old daughter in his quartet; she could belt out a song just like Lena. I asked him how. His reply was her projection ability was developed, her lung power, way past what any other 10 year old has. She could hold notes, belt them out, had that little quaver in her voice that most learn later on after lessons...

She won a gold microphone in Nashville - and was in demand at churches all over this area, until her parents finally pulled her back and out...for her to have a normal life...by the time she wanted to sing again, she was 15, and did so in school and churches, but many 15 year olds had voices as good as hers was...so Nashville was no longer interested in her.

But I will never forget that 10 year old belting out a song, much like Lena...and every bit as nice to listen to...far beyond her age and size.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 06, 2008 7:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

forgot to say THANK YOU BOB, for those links...did enjoy them all
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 06, 2008 8:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

According to the tribute video, Lena was removed from her parents at age 10 and went to live with her agent. I think that's where her trouble started. She was adored as a performer after that, but rarely loved as a person.

She was thrown in with people she couldn't relate to, and she felt inferior. As things ended up, she would have had a much more 'normal' life if she was never able to sing. Her talent became her curse.

I hope todays parents of talented children will learn from this, and allow their kids to be kids once in a while. From what I know about Taylor's parents, they are doing exactly the right thing with Taylor. I wouldn't support her if I didn't believe that!
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 06, 2008 8:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know you wouldn't, Bob, and we appreciate that.

You are right about her singing being her curse.

Remember the times when the Russian skater potentials were taken from their parents and raised by a coach or someone in the arena profession? they had little normal little kid life, and many had problems.

sad on Lena
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 07, 2008 6:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

she got a real good beautiful voice

I'm sad her live was that way
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 07, 2008 8:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

the pictures of her were very sad indeed

but that voice, just beautiful....so strong and true at so young an age
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 07, 2008 9:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

it sure was!!!!
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ory



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 07, 2008 11:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the link, Bob! What a sad story.
I can't believe parents would let their child go and live with an agent at only 10 years old.....how could that be good!!! She must have felt abandoned.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 07, 2008 12:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The one thing missing from all of this is word from her parents! It seems like her parents let her down, and she couldn't survive without them. It is very sad! Crying or Very sad
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 07, 2008 1:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kids should just be allowed to be kids!
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 07, 2008 1:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

exactly....
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 07, 2008 1:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just can't understand how her parents can do that...
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 07, 2008 2:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Parents are human, and not every adult makes a good parent. That doesn't stop them from having kids though! Confused

The saddest thing in the world is a child without a safe, loving home. Crying or Very sad
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 07, 2008 2:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

your richt Bob

I'm glad that my parents aren't that way
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