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Allen, Jacqueline May

Vocalist who collaborated with Mario Lanza on The Great Caruso, dubbing the singing voice for a boy soprano on the Bach-Gounod version of “Ave Maria”. A recording appears on the soundtrack, released on CD in 2002, and Be My Love: Mario Lanza’s Greatest Performances at MGM. It also features organist Wesley Tourtelotte along with the MGM Studio Orchestra and the St. Luke’s Choristers.

Jacqueline was a member of the Jeff Alexander Choir around this time.  In 1954, she appeared as a member of the chorus in the musical Athena, singing “Love Can Change the Stars” with Betty Allen, Jane Powell, Debbie Reynolds, Marie Vernon, and Gloria Wood. The recording appears on the soundtrack of the film as well as an anthology entitled Hollywood’s Best: The Fifties, released in all its compact-disc glory in 1997.

Jacqueline also collaborated with Harvey Mandel, appearing on his 1968 release, Cristo Redentor, and The Mercury Years. In 1971, she teamed up with Russ Giguere on Hexagram 16, and was one of many gifted performers who appeared on Frank Sinatra’s 1979 boxed set, Trilogy. She was also the executive producer of Lines & Space by Shades of Brown.

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