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PARTIAL LIST OF RECORD CREDITS

Sally Stevens’ record activities began in the “sixties”, a time when there was considerable recording being done by artists who used back-up groups in a more traditional way. Andy Williams, Bobby Darren, Nat “King” Cole, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Dean Martin, Jim Neighbors, Jimmy Webb, Glen Campbell, Wayne Newton, Vickie Carr, Johnny Mathis, Ray Charles...the major recording artists of the day with whom she recorded as one of the Jack Halloran Singers, the Carol Lombard Singers, The Ron Hicklin Singers or the Jackie Ward Singers.

One particularly memorable project was Frank Sinatra’s “Trilogy” , recorded on stage at the Shrine Auditorium with an assortment of fine arrangers that included Nelson Riddle, Don Costa, Billy May and others. Most of the “REPRISE” artists- Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Keely Smith...recorded at United Recording Studios on Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood. Andy Williams and Johnny Mathis most frequently recorded at Columbia’s Sunset Blvd. Studios across the street.

Others she worked with were David Cassidy, Bobbi Vinton, Sonny & Cher, Simon & Garfunkle and Neil Diamond. There were also the groups who added background voices to their own sound - ”Mamas and Papas”, “The Association”, “Country Joe and The Fish”, “Gary Puckett & The Union Gap”, and “Paul Revere & The Raiders”.

The more “choral” projects at that time were the Henry Mancini albums, Percy Faith nd his Orchestra, The Ray Conniff Singers, The Holly Ridge Strings with Stu Phillips, The Mike Curb Singers, Tutti Camarrata’s Disney Record projects, and many projects with Don Costa and his orchestra.

The sixties were a wonderful time in Hollywood for young musicians and singers just beginning their careers because there were activities from nine in the morning till midnight on many days - “jingle” demos, and an abundance of record sessions that would have singers running from studio to studio, and finally settling in at Martoni’s Restaurant for a late evening snack, and to walk past the bar where all the local DJs in town were neatly lined up on bar stools. “People-watching” was a great way to end the day.

As the business evolved, and there were more self-contained groups with their own bands and back-up singers, the record activity for freelance “session singers” slowed, and the focus eventually shifted from records and jingles to film work. The majority of records that session singers in Hollywood now receive credit for are CD Conversions of film score soundtracks.

In recent years Sally Stevens’ record credits include contracting the voices for: Vince Gill’s and Amy Grant’s Christmas CDs, a Boys Choir for the ManhattanTransfer’s Christmas CD, back-up voices for Natalie Cole’s “Unforgettable” CD and back-up voices for Linda Ronstadt’s Christmas album, with arrangements by the brilliant Peter Matz. There have also been several CD releases of assorted special material from “THE SIMPSONS”, 20th Century Fox’s successful, long run animated TV Series, on which she works regularly as vocal contractor and soloist, with the group singers and cast.

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