Jane Olivor has French appeal as the likes of Edith Piaf and Barbara Streisand. Olivor started out with an audience of gay men and fans of pop in the 1970s. She reinvented songs from the Broadway musical South Pacific and also The Fleetwoods' 'Come Softly to Me'. When she signed with Columbia, she finally released her debut First Night in 1976, which Stereo Review named Album of the Year. She followed it with Chasing Rainbows in 1977, which was included in the top bestsellers and stayed on the charts for three months straight.
Olivor performed her classical melodies at concert halls across the country and then released Stay The Night, with the hit song 'He's So Fine,' a year later. She joined Johnny Mathis on the track 'The Last Time I Felt Like This' from the movie Same Time Next Year, which made the top 20s and got her a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Song (which they sang at the 51st Annual Academy Awards). Olivor was performing at the Greek Theater and Carnegie Hall by the time her 4th record was released; The Best Side of Goodbye was her top charting album at the time. She appeared with Burt Bacharah, Charles Aznavour, and Johnny Mathis all over the country. Her performance led to a PBS Special in 1979. In 1982 she released In Concert from her recordings at the Berklee School of Music.
Olivor began to take an interest in the efforts of the Marin Humane Society, which provides shelter for lost and homeless animals, adoptions, humane education services, and assistance for the elderly and homebound.
Olivor let go of the music business to care for her husband, who was diagnosed with cancer. He passed away in 1986. Her next performance was not until 1993, and in 2000 she released Love Decides on Varese Sarabande Records, followed by Songs of the Season in 2001.
In may of 2004, Sony Music released The Best of Jane Olivor, including the tracks 'The Greatest Love Of All', 'Come Softly To Me', 'I'm Always Chasing Rainbows', 'Stay The Night', 'Song For My Father', 'Some Enchanted Evening', 'Morning, Noon And Nighttime', 'Vincent', 'You', 'The Last Time I Felt Like This', 'Come In From The Rain', 'The Best Side Of Goodbye', 'He's So Fine', 'Solitaire', 'To Love Again', and 'Seasons'. It is the only Jane Olivor album that the Johnny Mathis duet appears on.
Olivor has performed to sold-out audiences at Avery Fisher Hall, The Kennedy Center, Boston Symphony Hall, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, the Seattle Opera House, and other halls in Philadelphia, Chicago, Houston, Minneapolis, and San Francisco, as well as across the globe in Melbourne and Sydney, Australia. She has also made appearances on shows including The Merv Griffin Show and the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. Jane Olivor continues to tour all over the United States and halls nationwide.
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