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Subject: India Adams, Film "ghost singer" (singing voice of Cyd Charisse and Joan Crawford)

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Date Posted: Monday, April 27, 12:08:07pm

Brian Stanley

It is with enormous sadness and an unfathomable sense of loss that I announce the passing of my mother. For those of you interested in seeing an overview of her professional career, feel free to visit www.indiaadams.com



India Adams started her professional singing career while still a schoolgirl. She was soon under contract to MGM Studios where she provided the singing voice for Joan Crawford in her Technicolor musical debut, “Torch Song,” as well as for Cyd Charisse, in one of the most popular musicals of all time, “The Band Wagon,” which featured India’s vocals on “New Sun in the Sky” and the classic Hollywood anthem “That’s Entertainment!” which she sang with Fred Astaire, Nanette Fabray, Jack Buchanan and Oscar Levant. A recording contract with RCA Records ensued, yielding India’s debut release, “Comfort Me With Apples.”

After moving to New York, India had starring roles in several musical shows including, “Can-Can,” “The Most Happy Fella,” and “Brigadoon.” She performed extensively in nightclubs in Manhattan as well as the Catskills, and was also the featured singer at both The Latin Quarter, and Radio City Music Hall.

Having relocated to London in 1965, India became a regularly featured artiste on BBC Radio and Television, performing on hundreds of occasions, as well as on radio broadcasts, nightclub appearances, and television commercials throughout the U.K., Europe and Scandinavia. She has been the featured entertainer on numerous cruise ships, including transatlantic crossings of the SS United States, and the QE2. She performed during a televised Royal Command Performance, and was standby to Ginger Rogers during her entire run in the lead role of “Mame,” at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in London’s West End.

After returning to Los Angeles, India teamed up with two other singers known for dubbing the voices of famous actresses in films, Annette Warren and Betty Wand. The result of this collaboration, a sparkling review called “Hollywood’s Secret Singing Stars,” received unanimous critical and public acclaim. “Hollywood’s Secret Singing Stars” has played at the Cinegrill in the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, the Norris Theatre in Palos Verdes, the Castro Theatre in San Francisco, the Annenberg Theatre in Palm Springs, the Lehman Center for the Performing Arts in New York, the Smothers Theatre at Pepperdine University, and the Alex Theatre in Glendale. “Hollywood’s Secret Singing Stars” were the featured entertainment at the 1992 Academy Award Presentations for Scientific and Technical Achievement.

India has performed her own show several times at the Gardenia, in Hollywood and has also headlined sold-out performances at The Catalina Bar & Grill on Sunset Boulevard.

During the 2011 Turner Classic Movie (TCM) Festival in Hollywood, India was a featured artiste on the celebrity panel, “Voice Doubles: They Sang The Songs That Made Movies Famous.” In 2013, India was featured in Southern dysComfort, an award-winning independent feature film. She is also the subject, along with Rita Moreno and Marni Nixon, of a new BBC 4 documentary, “Secret Voices of Hollywood,” about the “ghost” singers who provided the singing voices of famous stars of important movie musicals. India is also a member of the performing improv group, “The Spring Chickens.”

India Adams’ singing voice is featured on the DVD releases of both “Torch Song,” and “The Band Wagon,” as well as on the CD release of “The Band Wagon” original soundtrack. In addition, her work is highlighted in the MGM film, “That’s Entertainment III,” as well as on that soundtrack release.

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