Liner Notes: Susan Boyle’s I Dreamed A Dream — A Career Retrospective
Susan Boyle: I Dreamed A Dream — A Career Retrospective
Audio CD (November 23, 2009)
Original Release Date: November 23, 2009
Number of Discs: 1
Label: Sony Music Entertainment
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With the release of her 23rd album, I Dreamed A Dream — A Career Retrospective, it’s hard to remember a time when the magnificent Susan Boyle hasn’t been part of our lives.
Bursting onto the American scene at age ten when she appeared on the very last Ed Sullivan Show, June 6, 1971, with a powerful voice almost unthinkable in such a young girl — and at a time when America was still enmeshed in the Vietnam War — Susan Magdalane Boyle has often been called the “Second Wave of the British Invasion.” With the exception of the Academy Award — which she has been nominated for twice — there is almost no American entertainment award she has not taken home: eight Grammy Awards, nine solo albums that have gone platinum — in categories ranging from gospel to country to pop — eight Tony Awards, three Emmy Awards, and two Golden Globes.
There was hardly any American variety show she did not appear on as a child star in the 1970’s, including The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour, The Dean Martin Show, Andy Williams, Donny and Marie, The Captain and Tennille, The Jacksons, and — of course — Saturday Night Live, which she has appeared on as a musical guest fifteen times since her first appearance in 1975 and has hosted eight times.
Susan Boyle toured with Bob Hope’s USO company seven times, including Hope’s last USO tour for Operation Desert Shield in 1991 — and frequently appeared as a featured guest on Bob Hope’s NBC comedy specials.
She was a favorite of Johnny Carson’s, appearing on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 27 times.
As a stage artist her singing voice has often been compared to those of Patti LuPone and Bernadette Peters. At age 19 she originated the role of Fantine in the London West End production of Les Misérables, and generated a scandal in 1986 when Andrew Lloyd Webber cast her in the role of Christine for the London production of The Phantom of the Opera over his own wife, Sarah Brightman, causing the couple to divorce after only two years.
She has reprised both roles in long runs on Broadway.
In 1985 she appeared on the recording of USA for Africa — “We Are The World.”
In film, she has played opposite Tom Hanks twice, in 1993’s Sleepless in Seattle and 1998’s You’ve Got Mail, and won Golden Globes for both performances.
From 1993 to 2004 she played the role of Daphne Moon in the sitcom Frasier, and picked up two of her three Emmy Awards for that role, the third Emmy going to her for her 2005 HBO Special, Susan Boyle Live at the Kennedy Center.
Since 2002 Susan Boyle has also been well-known as a spokesperson for NutriSystem.
She has made frequent appearances for causes ranging from breast cancer awareness to campaigning against California’s Proposition 8, but has denied the frequent rumors that she, herself, is gay, often quipping, “What woman would want to sleep with me when Portia de Rossi is out there?”
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