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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.

 

Press
ABC-TV LA Interview

LA Times - Ghost Singer India Adams Appears

Films In Review -
Passage to India

 

Albums
Comfort Me With Apples

Track 1 - Comfort Me With Apples
Track 8 - A Man in My Pocket

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India Adams Sings!

Track 1 - For Once In My Life
Track 2 - Come Back To Me


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India Adams Sings Again

Track 8 - I Must Have That Man
Track 17 - What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?

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Past Events

Catalina Bar & Grill

Friday 25th October 2013
Saturday 26th October 2013

The Rrazz Room at Hotel Nikko

December 28th, 29th & 30th 2012

By Leslie Katz
San Francisco Examiner Staff Writer
 
India Adams closed out 2012 in fine form at the Rrazz Room in San Francisco, in a fitting engagement at a venue where voices from yesteryear are welcomed and appreciated. There’s a pretty good reason why the Southern California-based singer’s name isn’t well known, even to obsessive cabaret and show tune fans. For decades, she wasn’t publicly acknowledged for her most famous work, having signed a contract promising not to divulge that she sang for Cyd Charisse in the 1953 movie musical “The Band Wagon.” But she resurrected “New Sun in the Sky” from “The Band Wagon” at the outset of her set in The City, beginning a thoroughly delightful show filled with smooth standards, both old (“Stormy Weather”) and not quite as old (“Killing Me Softly”).
 
Decades after her ghost-singing success onscreen, the veteran sounded (and looked) great in the flesh, a sweet, shining stage presence. Backed by her versatile music director Paul Horner on piano, Adams sailed through a series of memorable tunes, from Cole Porter (“It’s DeLovely”) to Rodgers and Hart (“Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered”) to a Beatles medley (“All My Loving,” “Eleanor Rigby,” “Something,” “When I’m 64”).
Speaking of age, Adams’ vocals joyously, cleanly conveyed her status as a vibrant veteran (older than 64!) as did her appropriate banter, which nicely addressed the present as well as the past.
 
Of equal appeal were Horner’s thoughtful arrangements, pairing “That Old Feeling” with “Them There Eyes”;  “My Blue Heaven” with “The Second Time Around”; and creating a terrific geography number, with “Manhattan,” “Chicago” and “California Here I Come.”  Yet the set list wasn’t all selections from the Great American Songbook. Perhaps the most amusing number was a witty tune by Horner, written specifically for Adams, called “Goodie Gavotte: The Supermarket Song” in which Adams cruises the store aisles, naming her favorite irresistible treats.

The evening also included “Tenderly,” Adams’ other big “ghost tune,” which she sang for Joan Crawford (who thanked her) in the 1950s movie “Torch Song.” With infectious sincerity, Adams, who lived in England, closed with “We’ll Meet Again,” a song made famous by British singer Vera Lynn. It was the perfect sentiment from (and for) a lovely lady, well deserving of her better-late-than never moment in the musical spotlight.


Catalina Bar & Grill

July 13th & 14th 2012

Catalina Bar & Grill

January 2011

India Invades Catalina!

January 2010

www.catalinajazzclub.com

The Gardenia

November 2008
 
Hollywood's Secret Singing Stars


March & April 1997