Thursday, 3 May 2018

Denise Lor born 3 May 1929

Denise Lor (May 3, 1929 – September 27, 2015) was an American popular singer and actress. She was a featured artist on The Garry Moore Show. In 1951, she appeared in the short-lived variety show Seven at Eleven. 

Denise Jeanne Briault was born in Los Angeles, California, USA.. She moved with her mother to Long Island, New York, at the age of five, following her father's death, and graduated from Newtown High School. She then took art courses at night at Cooper Union, intent on becoming a commercial artist, while waitressing during the day at Schrafft's restaurant. 

She also had a love for singing, saving up money to do it professionally. She believed her chance to sing in Sonja Henie's New York ice show at the Centre Theatre to be her big break. She also decided to use her mother's maiden name, Lor, as her stage name. She was popular by the early 50’s recording such songs as "If I Give My Heart to You”(which charted in 1954, “Our Future has Only Just Begun,” and “Whose Heart Are You Breaking Now.” 


She appeared in various television shows during the 1950s and early 1960s such as the "The Big Payoff, "The Garry Moore Show" "The Jack Paar Tonight Show" and “ Droodles.”  After Lor's association with The Garry Moore Show ended, she performed in night clubs and similar venues. She briefly co-hosted the Mike Douglas Show in 1962 and was featured in the 1964 film “Diary of a Bachelor.” In the early 1970s, she worked in touring stock theatre, appearing in numerous musical comedies including "Gypsy", "Annie" and "Sweeney Todd". 

Lor married and subsequently divorced TV director and singer Jay Martin, with whom she had sons, Ron and Denis. They had met when she was singing on The Garry Moore Show at CBS, where he was an associate director. Her second marriage was to writer Charles Horine (aka Chuck Horner) becoming a veteran of more than 100 stage productions across the US.  

Denise Lor died in New York City on September 27th 2015, aged 86.  (Info compiled and edited from various sources, mainly Wikipedia)

1 comment:

boppinbob said...

For “The Denise Lor Collection” go here:

01 And One To Grow On.mp3
02 Every Day Of My Life.mp3
03 From Nine To Five.mp3
04 Hello Darling.mp3
05 If I Give My Heart To You.mp3
06 Our Future Has Only Begun.mp3
07 That's What A Girl Appreciates.mp3
08 Butterfingers.mp3
09 I'm Always Hearing Wedding Bells.mp3
10 I'm Worried.mp3
11 Man I've Been Looking For.mp3
12 Never To Know.mp3
13 St. Catherine.mp3
14 Unsuspecting Heart.mp3
15 Whose Heart Are You Breaking Now.mp3
16 Claim to Fame.mp3
17 Hurt Me.mp3
18 If You See my Love.mp3
19 That's The Way I Feel.mp3
20 This Much I Know.mp3
21 With Every Breath I Take.mp3
22 Everything I Do.mp3
23 You're Everywhere.mp3
24 Born Again.mp3
25 In The Middle Of A Kiss.mp3

A very big thank you to Champ at the Loadsamusics Archive Forum for this rare collection of hard to get singles. This gotta be a contender for the Jasmine catalogue. Agents take note!