LaMott, who lost her battle with cancer in 1995 at the age of 44, was blessed with one of, if not the, most beautiful voices in the cabaret world: a rich, lush, honey-toned sound that could be soft, sweet and creamy one minute and big and belty the next. She also possessed a remarkable ability to find the emotional center of any song, bringing a lyric to life as honestly as possible.
Beginning in January 2005, LML will begin selling LaMott's recordings, which have mostly been unavailable for the past few years. Those recordings, all originally released on the Midder label, include “Beautiful Baby,” “Come Rain or Come Shine: The Songs of Johnny Mercer,” “My Foolish Heart,” “Just in Time for Christmas” and “Listen to My Heart” as well as the posthumously issued “What’s Good About Goodbye?"
LML will also distribute compilation and live recordings of LaMott that have never before been released. In a previous interview for Playbill On-Line composer Friedman, who wrote many of LaMott's signature tunes, said, "I have a box full of material, a lot of stuff that Bradshaw Smith recorded, stuff from television, stuff from her early years. It varies in quality — you're not going to get anything that's been done in the studio. We have live performances from San Francisco. We have all the club acts from Don't Tell Mama, and you see her different weight, her different hairdos during the years, all sorts of demos that she did. It's really interesting."
Before the LaMott recordings become available, LML will re-release in October the cast recording of Friedman's recent Off-Broadway revue, Listen to My Heart: The Songs of David Friedman. Those interested will also be able to purchase Friedman's songbook, which contains sheet music to 60 Friedman tunes.
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