Lani Hall

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Decades: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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6 November 1948, Chicago, Illinois, USA. During her teens, Hall sang in clubs in her home town, her repertoire being mainly folk with some contemporary pop and jazz. In the mid-60s, she joined Sergio Mendes’ band, replacing Brazilian-born vocalist Wanda de Sah, at the time the band leader switched labels. Thus, Hall, who reportedly learned the Portuguese lyrics phonetically, was in time for the recording of Brasil ’66, which was hugely successful, owing in no small part to the inclusion of the hit single, Jorge Ben Jor’s ‘Mas Que Nada’. At the time, Herb Alpert was deeply involved with Mendes; sometimes he played in his band and toured, and he was also co-owner of A&M Records, Mendes’ new label. Hall was lead singer on seven A&M albums with Mendes, including Fool On The Hill (1968), Crystal Illusions (1969) and Stillness (1970). During this period, she and Alpert were married.

After Mendes, Hall had a...

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