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Jane Olivor

Jane Cohen from Brooklyn, NY, remade herself into French-style cabaret singer Jane Olivor in the downtown Manhattan club scene of the early '70s. Employing an emphatic style that reminded some listeners of French chanteuse Edith Piaf and others of fellow Brooklynite Barbra Streisand, Olivor built a following among gay men and other fans of traditional pop, transforming songs like "Some Enchanted Evening" from the Broadway musical South Pacific and the Fleetwoods' 1959 hit "Come Softly to Me" into personal statements at venues such as the Greenwich Village nightclub Reno Sweeney's and the Garment District supper club the Ballroom. She attracted enough attention that Columbia Records signed her, issuing her debut album, First Night, in 1976. That LP failed to chart despite positive critical notices, but "Some Enchanted Evening" belatedly became a minor singles chart entry just before the September 1977 release of her second album, Chasing Rainbows, which reached the Top 100 bestsellers, remaining in the charts for three months. With that, Olivor began to appear in major concert halls around the country.

Stay the Night, released in the spring of 1978, featured another minor chart entry, Olivor's cover of the Chiffons' 1963 hit "He's So Fine," which marked a slight improvement in her chart statistics. She next sang a duet with Johnny Mathis on "The Last Time I Felt Like This," the theme from the 1978 film Same Time Next Year. The recording made the Top 20 on the easy listening charts, and when it was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Song, Mathis and Olivor sang it at the Oscar ceremony. By now, Olivor was headlining at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, Carnegie Hall in New York, and other prestigious venues. Her fourth album, The Best Side of Goodbye, released in the winter of 1980, was her highest charting one yet. In December 1981, she recorded shows at the Berklee School of Music in Boston that were released in the spring of 1982 as her fifth album, In Concert.

Stage fright, apprehension about the speed of her career ascent, and unpleasant experiences in the music business caused Olivor to take what was at first intended to be a one-year hiatus from performing. She married, but soon after, her husband was diagnosed with cancer; she abandoned her career to care for him, but he died in 1986. In the meantime, she had entered into a dispute with Columbia over money she felt owed. She did not return to performing until 1993, when she found she had maintained a loyal following around the country. She gradually became more active and, in the fall of 2000, released her first new studio album in more than 20 years, Love Decides, on Varèse Sarabande Records. She followed it in the fall of 2001 with a holiday collection, Songs of the Season. ~ William Ruhlmann, Rovi
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gmgaston203
I first heard Stay the Night in the fall of '78... ever since I have been a fan!
35 years
Love her and don 't why we lost track of her. So many wonderful singers from Brooklyn NY. I must be the water.
Can't believe we don't know more about her. Would give Babs a run for her money!
momgmi
I've been listening to this amazing voice since it came out on vinyl and 8-track. She is still one of the absolute best female voices out there. I understand what stage fright can do to you inside. I was a concert pianist until I couldn't take it any more. I must agree with crab0746 below.
crab0746
I think it is time to not only bring jane back but time we start hearing music not this junk that is on the radio now...
bastinbob
One of the greatest female singers off all time. A real God given talent!
She hooked me as I was changing channels and happened to hear her singing Some Enchanted Evening on the old Merv Griffon show. What a wonderful voice with amazing expression! I've been a fan ever since and hope that she will return to the concert tour. I saw her in person when she sang at Ontario Place in Toronto as an opener for Charles Aznevour and will always remember how the audience got up and left when she finished, because they thought that no one could top her performance. Awesome!
I saw here in concert; she was shy and sad, but every note she sang was from the heart. I have all her albums, and I play them consistently . It is a joy to have her on Pandora where I can relish in her past and hopefully her future.
petsitterone
I love to listen to Jane's music.. Always makes me feel good...I too wish I could see her live in concert. Hope to find her album put out in 2000..
Glad to hear her on Pandora..als o on the cassettes that I have.
Jane is my chanteuse. I thank God for giving her her voice and I thank Jane for sharing her voice with us. When I fly, I shall sore, listening to Jane Ol iv or. With my sparkling bow tie and JANE OLIVOR button, I am eagerly waiting for more. In Love since the First Night in 1976 - Doug K.
geminiz69
I first heard of Jane Oliver in France back in the late 70's. When I heard her haunting songs half English half French, I was hooked. Came back to the US and was so surprised no one had heard of her. I have listened faithfully since..Reall y wish I could see her in concert...Ja n e please come back to tour!
I was turned on to Jane Olivor when I was a senior in high school - and her music has been a major part of my life ever since. I have seen her in concert at least 5 times. Twice at the PNC Artscenter, once at Westbury, once in Ptown, and once in Ocean Grove, NJ.
darcinut
We miss you Jane .. Please tour again. We love you!
she's the best ever--just wish there was somewhere in so fla i could go to enjoy her -- SHE was @ Broward Center of Performing Arts about 6 yrs ago--when will she be in town again ??? ADORING FAN ----LORIE
I heard Jane in the early 80's and was immediately hooked by her beautiful voice and wonderful style.
I wish I had a chance to see Jane perform I just LOVE her voice. I left NY in the eary 70's my loss. I do own all her records and still play them often.
wbennet5
Never got to see hre but always loved her records and gave many away as gifts. Still my favorite.
nmastbaum
My very favorite artist! Her music is from the heart and is also so mezmerizing. I saw her perform at The Front Row Theater in CLE many moons ago and I was hooked! Such emotion and talent.
AMAING IN THE 70'S . I SAW HER SEVERAL TIMES BACK THEN AND ONCE IN THE LATE 90S...WISH SHE STILL TOURED!
daraghym
I was first introduced to Jane Olivor when in college in the late 70's. She has mesmerized me ever since. I saw her in concert once and it has stayed as one of my greatest concert experiences. I will now use new technology and download her music.
Such a wonderful, talented artist. I just want to hear MORE and MORE. I am sure there are still a lot of fans who would be delighted to buy some new CDs! Why doesn't someone give here a chance????
I think the comparison to the Edith Piaf style is thought provoking... . a n d quite accurate.... .
Where is she now? She is awesome!!!
this singer has my heart. Have followed her since the '70's and always wondered what happened to her. Love the little bio's Pandora puts out.
Love Jane Cohen "Oliver."
silva1742ton y
Jane Olivor one of the best wonderful voce I have some of her songs.
Such a wonderful voice. I wish some of our young artist's would take note of her clear lyrics, no screaming!
krazyj247200 2
I have most of her albums and have seen her in concert a few times. The last time was actually quite sad. It was after she had taken her time off. It was a venue in Indiana. Most people there had come from Chicago. It was almost completely empty, maybe a few hundred people. It didn't matter where your tickets were - the usher at the door told us "Sit wherever you want." I can only imagine how difficult it is to play to an virtually empty house. None the less, she performed beautifully, her voice
lilmar007
Jan Oliver, one of my favorites since the 70's. A beautiful quality. You can hear it in her voice, she sings with her heart and soul. So glad to hear that she is back recording again. She has been away too long.
I really wanted to see the lyrics to this song. I can't hear the words clearly when I listen to music so I'd like to see them in print. This was a beautiful song, I wanted to know what it said.
jaymespdx
Jane Olivor has touched so many people with her music...I hope she realizes that.
I'm so blessed I got to see her just a few years ago at the Ford theater, an outdoor theater across from the hollywood bowl. She was just awesome!
gracea56
I will never forget the first time I heard her on a daytime shoe singing Some Enchanted Evening. What a gift!
I have loved her music for years ~ ~ a unique, haunting and powerful voice that I truly missed when she seemed to just disappear. I am thrilled today to hear that two new albums have been released, and will be ordering them online momentarily.
lynne.pompet t i

Love her! I haven;t heard her for many, many years!
I too remember Jane Olivor in the late 70's and got the privilege of seeing her in concert with Burt Bachrach in Chicago suburbs in the late 70's. She is an intense performer with one of the most unique voices ever. I'm glad to read that she is performing again and will have to check itunes for her newer music.
Glad she's still around...I'v e certainly missed her...just never heard what happened...t h a n k s for the update and the great news that she's back performing.. . N o w I just have to come up the the money to add her two latest albums to my collection.. .
stanleynolli e
Jane's rendition of the greatest love of all is by far the most powerful and beautiful I have heard.....I tried and tried to get people to listen to her sound...but they preferred the other singer at the time... I have been listening to her since 1982...saw her twice at the Front Row in Mayfield Hts OH and again after Love Decides came out..in Tampa at the Performing Arts small hall....of all her songs....I could never chose a favorite even though I guess I have played "you" more then a million.
jasonsmca79
yea her song Manchild Lullaby really shows her great voice
The first time I heard Jane was after watching the movie "Same Time Next Year" in 1978. I went out and bought the music to the movie, then proceeded to buy her albums. I love voices like hers, it's very calming and sometimes spiritual. In a world that is continually moving in fast motion, I like to sit back and enjoy Jane along with other woman Artists. I too wish Jane was still singing. Thank you Jane for your beautiful voice.
Jeanne
zachtig
I have been been listening to Jane Oliver for years. Such a voice! I saw her perform at the South Shore Music Theater in Massachusett s many years ago.It is an outdoor tent with a rotating stage. A great setting for a performer as well as the audience, close and personal. I hope her being on Pandora introduces her to many folks, if only she were still performing.. .
This artist is apparently Barbra Streisand's half-sister, if the print media is to be believed. Has anyone else read this bio info?
Wish she'd chose to come back on the scene. I've always loved her voice, style and music...as powerful as Barbra Streisand with her own style.
t_heath
Beautiful voice!!!!!
Thank you Jane, I love your every part of this song, thank you!!!
Virtually unknown to me except as 'the lady singing duets with Johnny Mathis', I am none-the-les s pleased to hear some of her other material. A very nice voice indeed.
lilmar007
Jane Oliver, a most unusual singer. Her voice has the capability to stir ones emotions. Given that and her choice of lyrics, makes her song delivery unique. She is a memorable artist who is greatly appreciated.
I love Jane Olivor, I wondered what happened to her, I had purchased every cassette that was out there back in the late 70's, I treasured them like a gem of a friend. I wish her success Jane was before her time and I hope that someone from Public TV would put her on when they raise money, she's fantastic, her time is now.
I really love this song.

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