late Maretha Stewart had an eclectic discography,
to say the least. A staple in
the studio as a session singer in the ‘60s, ‘70s, and
‘80s, her credits range from School
House Rock! to the soundtrack of Lialeh. Other soundtracks she appears on are
The Wiz and Fame. She has also
done a great deal of work with the gang at Sesame Street, on such muppet-filled fare as Born to Add, Hot! Hot! Hot! Dance Songs and Sesame Disco!
not getting jiggy with Oscar the Grouch and The
Cookie Monster, Maretha worked with an eclectic
mix of real-life artists and groups, never boxing herself into one
genre. In the 1960s, she sang
background vocals on a number of James Brown LPs, including James Brown Sings Raw Soul and Out of Sight, and later made the cut
on James Brown’s Singles, Vol.
3: 1964, Hell, and Star Time. Maretha also appeared on several Bob Dylan albums,
including Dylan, New Morning, Planet Waves,
Self Portrait, and The Basement Tapes, with Bob Dylan
& The Band.
1970s, she sang Naked Songs with
Al Kooper, was Laid Back with Gregg Allman, and
whipped up Secret Sauce with Sky
King. She wasn’t as busy
in the ‘80s, but she found time to make Inside Moves with Grover Washington, Jr.
artists and groups she recorded with include Teresa Brewer, The Coasters,
Kiki Dee, Yvonne Elliman, Maynard Ferguson,
Marvin Gaye, Hilda Harris, Quincy Jones, Eddie Kendricks,
Cyndi Lauper, Ralph MacDonald, Peter, Paul &
Mary, Diana Ross, Frank Sinatra, Livingston Taylor, Luther Vandross, and Bill Withers.
legacy lives on in digital form on Nina Simone’s 2006 re-issues, Silk & Soul and Nina Simone Sings the Blues, and in
cartoon form on the DVD, School House
Rock Special 30th Anniversary Edition.
Frank Sinatra recordings
That's What God Looks Like To Me (Stan Irvin/Lan
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Theme from "New York, New York" (Fred Ebb/John Kander)
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