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Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Nancy Ames born 30 September 1937

Nancy Ames (born September 30th 1937 as Nancy Hamilton Alfaro) is an American folk singer and songwriter. She regularly appeared on the American version of the television series  “That Was the Week That Was”

She was born in Washington, DC. She is the granddaughter of Ricardo Joaquín Alfaro (1882–1971), who served as President of Panama from 1931 to 1932. The daughter of a physician, she grew up in Washington. She attended Holton Arms College and Bennett College, both of them for girls. By 1964 she was married to Romanian hypnotist Triaian Boyer. By 1968, they had divorced. After the divorce with Boyer, she got married to jay Riviere, a golf course designer, whom she also later divorced.  

Her performing career included the Broadway stage, television, recordings, supper clubs and concerts. 

Her “on camera” television years included starring on NBC TV’s “That Was the Week That Was” as the show’s singing and acting signature “TW3 Girl”,12 years as a guest headliner on Ed Sullivan, Hollywood Palace and the gamut of star-hosted Variety Shows until the late 70’s.
A folk singer with a partially Latin repertoire, she was signed to Liberty Records; her first album was entitled Cu Cu Rru Cu Cu La Paloma.  She broke the top 100 twice in 1966; "He Wore the Green Beret," her answer song to Staff Sgt. Barry Sadler's "Ballad of the Green Berets," hit number 89, and later in the year "Cry Softly" also placed in the charts.  

She recorded thirteen albums and co-wrote, with Mason Williams, the theme to The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour (1967). Also with Williams wrote the 1960s novelty classic ‘Cinderella Rockefella’, which has been covered by many artists including Jennifer Warnes, but is best remembered as a cover by the husband and wife duo Esther and Abi Ofarim. This version reached number one in Britain, Germany and all over the continent. 
Since 1972, she has lived in Houston, Texas, where she headlined her own television show, "The Nancy Ames Show", for five years on the NBC affiliate station. She performed live concerts throughout the world until 1987. 

She and her husband, Danny Ward, run an event-planning company, Ward & Ames Special Events; and she and her daughter, Nancy Riviere, have a jewellery company, Alfaro Designs, that sells the jewellery she designs based on wine motifs. In 2002, she started her wine-related jewellery company Alfaro, A Nancy Ames Collection, for wine enthusiasts and connoisseurs. She is also a  Chevalier in La Confrerie des Chevaliers du Tastevin. 
She is also a renowned gastronome winning Food & Wine Magazine’s top culinary award, Co-Founder of The Plumeria Society of America and a gardener specializing in orchids and tropical plants.  (Info edited from Wikipedia, IMDB & ward&

1 comment:

boppinbob said...

For NANCY AMES - AS TIME GOES BY (1965) go here:

01 - As Time Goes By
02 - Once in a while
03 - Speak Low
04 - Again
05 - You've Changed

06 - You'll Never Know
07 - How Deep Is The Ocean
08 - Now Is The Hour
09 - He Wore A Green Beret
10 - For All We Know

A big thank you to John Burrows @ Heartbreak Hotel blog for link


For NANCY AMES - 1967 - Spiced with Brasil go here:

A big thank you to Patsoul @ for link