Maureen Therese McGovern, 27 July 1949, Youngstown, Ohio, USA. The possessor of one of the most technically proficient singing voices in all of pop, with a four-octave, coloratura range, as a young girl Maureen McGovern was influenced by Barbra Streisand. After graduating from high school in 1967, she worked as a typist, and performed folk songs in the evenings. She then embarked on a six-year tour of hotels and holiday camps in the Midwest of America, performing contemporary material with a rock band. She came to the attention of 20th Century-Fox Records, who signed her to a contract. Her first recording, in 1972, was Al Kasha and Joel Hirschhorns The Morning After, which was used as the love theme for the disaster film The Poseidon Adventure. It won an Academy Award for best song, and McGoverns version topped the US chart. In 1974, the media began calling her the disaster queen after she sang the...
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