Gisele MacKenzie

Genres: Vocals
Descriptive "tags": female vocalists french chanson 40s f tsf need to rate under 2000 listeners Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1940s 1950s 1960s 1990s 2000s

Biography

Gisele Marie Louise Marguerite La Fleche, 10 January 1927, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, d. 5 September 2003, Burbank, Los Angeles, California, USA. Encouraged into music by her father, a doctor who played violin, and her mother, a singer and organist, MacKenzie attended the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto as a teenager, where she studied classical violin. Informally, she also sang and played piano, adopting a popular repertoire. During World War II, she was heard singing at a party for servicemen by military band leader Robert Shuttleworth. Later, he hired her to sing with his hotel orchestra, subsequently becoming her business manager. In 1958, they were married. Fate, in the form of a thief, decided her choice of career. Her plans to be a concert violinist ended when her valuable violin was stolen. Turning to singing, she became popular on Canadian radio and in 1946 had her own show, Meet Gisele. Very soon, she became known as Canada’s First Lady of...

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