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Lani Hall (born November 6, 1945 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American singer.


Music career

Hall first came to be known to the public when she joined the second Brasil project of Bossa Nova master Sergio Mendes, Brasil '66. Unlike the previous incarnation, Brasil '66 was an instant success - making a significant impact on the charts with its first single, a version of the Brazilian song "Mas Que Nada". Much of the song's appeal was due to the distinctive, multi-tracked vocals of Hall.

A series of popular interpretations followed, including their take on The Beatles' "Fool on the Hill". Though many associate her with Brasil '66's hit rendition of Burt Bacharach's "The Look of Love" on the album Look Around (which reached #4 on the pop charts in 1968), the lead on that single was actually handled by Mendes' other singer of that period, Janis Hansen.

The band toured alongside A&M labelmates (and label founder) Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass in 1966. She left Brasil '66 in 1971 and married Alpert in 1974.

With her husband assuming production and arranging duties, Hall embarked on a solo career, beginning with 1972's Sun Down Lady and following up with Hello It's Me in 1975. A new album would appear nearly every year until 1985's Es Facil Amar, for which Hall would be awarded a Grammy for Best Latin Pop Performance. Her albums maintained their popularity, primarily in the Latin market, but some mainstream presence was kept, particularly with her contribution of the title song to the James Bond film Never Say Never Again in 1983. Also, in 1984, she again worked with Sergio Mendes in a reunion of sorts.

After raising a family with Alpert and writing fiction, she returned in 1998 with the album Brasil Nativo on the Windham Hill label.[1] [2]


Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66

  • 1966 - Herb Alpert Presents Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66
  • 1967 - Equinox
  • 1968 - Look Around
  • 1968 - Fool On The Hill
  • 1969 - Crystal Illusions
  • 1969 - Ye-Me-Le
  • 1970 - Live At The Expo '70 (Japan and UK release only)
  • 1971 - Stillness (released as Sergio Mendes & Brasil '77 in Australia in 1972)

Album Details Below

Solo Career

1972-1998: [3]

  • 1972 - Sun Down Lady
  • 1975 - Hello It’s Me
  • 1976 - Sweet Bird
  • 1979 - Double Or Nothing
  • 1980 - Blush
  • 1981 - A Brazileira (Portuguese)
  • 1982 - Albany Park
  • 1982 - Lani (Spanish)
  • 1984 - Lani Hall (Spanish)
  • 1984 - Collectibles
  • 1985 - Es Fácil Amar (Spanish)
  • 1987 - Classics Volume 19
  • 1987 - Lo Mejor De Lani (Spanish)
  • 1998 - Brasil Nativo

Album Details

Herb Alpert Presents Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 (1966 LP, 2006 CD)

Recorded 1966 in Hollywood [4]

1. Mas Que Nada
2. One Note Samba/Spanish Flea
3. The Joker
4. Going Out Of My Head
5. Tim Dom Dom
6. Day Tripper
7. Agua De Beber (Water To Drink)
8. Slow Hot Wind
9. O Pato (The Duck)
10. Berimbau

Album Credits Performance Credits Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 Primary Artist Sergio Mendes-Keyboards, Vocals, Arranger Lani Hall-Vocals Janis Hansen-Vocals Bob Matthews-Bass, Vocals Jose Soares-Percussion, Vocals Joao Palma-Drums Technical Credits Herb Alpert-Producer

Equinox (1967 LP, 2002 CD)

Recorded probably 1967 in Hollywood [5]

1. Constant Rain (Chove Chuva)
2. Cinnamon And Clove
3. Watch What Happens
4. For Me
5. Bim-Bom
6. Night And Day
7. Triste
8. Gente
9. Wave
10. So Danço Samba (Jazz 'N' Samba)

Album Credits Performance Credits Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 Primary Artist Sergio Mendes-Piano, Vocals, Arranger Lani Hall-Vocals Janis Hansen-Vocals John Pisano-Guitar Bob Matthews-Bass, Vocals Jose Soares-Percussion, Vocals Joao Palma-Drums Technical Credits Bruce Botnick-Engineer Larry Levine-Engineer Herb Alpert-Producer Jerry Moss-Producer

Look Around (1968 LP, 2000 CD)

Recorded probably 1967 at Sunset Sound, Western Recorders, and Annex Studios, Hollywood [6]

1. With A Little Help From My Friends
2. Roda
3. Like A Lover
4. The Frog
5. Tristeza (Goodbye Sadness)
6. The Look Of Love
7. Pradizer (To Say Goodbye)
8. Batucada (The Beat)
9. So Many Stars
10. Look Around
Total Running Time: 30:28

Album Credits Performance Credits Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 Primary Artist Sergio Mendes-Organ, Piano, Arranger Lani Hall-Vocals Bob Matthews-Bass, Vocals Joao Palma-Drums John Pisano-Guitar Jose Soares-Percussion, Vocals Janis Hansen-Vocals Technical Credits Dave Grusin-Arranger Dick Hazard-Arranger Herb Alpert-Producer Jerry Moss-Producer

Fool On The Hill (1968 LP, 2004 CD)

Recorded probably 1968 at Wally Heider Recording Studios, Los Angeles and A&M Recording Studios, Hollywood [7]

1. The Fool On The Hill
2. Festa
3. Casa Forte
4. Canto Triste
5. Upa, Neguinho
6. Lapinha
7. Scarborough Fair
8. When Summer Turns To Snow
9. Laia Ladaia (Reza)

Album Credits: Sergio Mendes - Piano, vocals, arranger, producer; Lani Hall - Vocals; Karen Philipp - Vocals; John Pisano - Guitar; Rubens Bassini - Percussion; Sebastiao Neto - Percussion; Dom Um Romao - Percussion, drums; Gracinha Leporace (shown as "Leporael" on the original album cover credits) - Vocal on Lapinha; Oscar Castro-Neves - Guitar on Lapinha. Technical Credits: Dave Grusin - Orchestra Arranger, Conductor

Crystal Illusions (1969 LP, 2006 CD)

Recorded 1969 in Hollywood [8]

1. (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay
2. Viola
3. Song Of No Regrets
4. Salt Sea
5. Empty Faces
6. Pretty World
7. Dois Dias
8. You Stepped Out Of A Dream
9. Crystal Illusions (Memorias de Marta Sare)

Album Credits Performance Credits Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 Primary Artist Sergio Mendes-Keyboards, Vocals, Arranger, Producer Lani Hall-Vocals Karen Philipp-Vocals Oscar Castro-Neves-Guitar Sebastiao Neto-Bass Rubens Bassini-Percussion Dom Um Romao-Drums Technical Credits Dave Grusin-Orchestra Arranger, Conductor Herb Alpert-Producer

Ye-Me-Le (1969 LP, 2006 CD)


1. Wichita Lineman
2. Norwegian Wood
3. Some Time Ago
4. Moanin'
5. Look Who's Mine
6. Ye-Me-Le
7. Easy To Be Hard
8. Where Are You Coming From?
9. Masquerade
10. What The World Needs Now Is Love

Sundown Lady (1972 LP)

1. Love Song
2. Tiny Dancer
3. How Can I Tell You
4. You
5. Ocean Song
6. We Could Be Flying
7. Come Down In Time
8. Sun Down
9. Vincent
10. Wherever I May Find Him

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