Gail Wynters

Real Name:
Nancy Gail Shivel
Profile:
Nancy Gail Shivel first found her voice in her father’s Nazarene church in Ashland, Kentucky, belting out some impromptu blues one morning in the middle of Sunday services. The rest of the family were up front performing when the youngest, all of 18 months, decided it was time to join the family chorus. Later, when the family toured churches and singing conventions throughout the South, they were dubbed, the Shivel Family Singers with Gail - The Little Girl with the Built-in Speakers.
Well known in the rural south, they toured in tent gospel shows, sang on the radio, and had a huge following in Kentucky, Tennessee and Huntington, West Virginia, just across the bridge from Ashland. Gail’s father, who sang bass with the family group, also sang on the radio with his seven brothers. A man of good taste, he loved singers and jazz music, and brought home records of Billie Holiday, Art Tatum and Fats Waller and what later became a major influence, The Golden Gate Quartet.
In the 50s, Stan Kenton wanted to take the teenage Gail on the road with his band. Her father refused to let her go. Nancy Gail was too young. Cal Collins, a well-known guitar player from Cincinnati heard Gail sing, hired her for his group, and began teaching her jazz standards. She explored Ellington, Gershwin, Arlen, Porter, Berlin and the great American song masters, and soon had a spreading reputation and steady work in Ohio, Indiana and West Virginia, as well as Kentucky.
Word of her talent reached Nashville. Capitol signed her and tried to make her into another Brenda Lee. The six sides they produced were soon forgotten. Wesley Rose offered her a one-album contract on his own Hickory label, and produced Nancy Gail Shivel as if she were a cross between a southern Barbra Streisand and a white Gladys Knight. He called the album ‘A Girl For All Seasons,’ and renamed his young protege Gail Wynters.
Married and the mother of two young boys, Gail became a housewife and occasional performer, working gigs in the region. She opened for and toured with Roy Orbison in a series of concerts that included a young Joe Cocker. But soon, New York beckoned and her marriage ended. In New York she was heard singing in a bar by record producer Paul Vance. He immediately produced an album highlighting Gail’s vocal power called ‘Let The Lady Sing!’ for RCA. It became an instant hit - a chart success for RCA in Billboard, Record World, Cashbox and Variety.
She was booked into the Rainbow Grill with a sixteen-piece orchestra and received rave reviews from the New York critics. She was a guest star on many national television shows. Gail also shared billing on “The Palace,” a weekly TV show from Toronto hosted by Jack Jones, with Tony Bennett, Roberta Flack and Dionne Warwick. Returning to New York, she discovered that there had been a major shake-up at RCA. The president and the head of A & R were replaced and the album was shelved for political reasons. Undaunted, Gail began working with small groups in clubs like the Village Gate and the Blue Note.
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Albums

LPS 138, LPS-H-138 Gail Wynters - A Girl For All Seasons album art Gail Wynters A Girl For All Seasons (Album) Hickory Records, Hickory Records, Hickory Records LPS 138, LPS-H-138 US 1966 Sell This Version
APL1-2285 Gail Wynters - Let The Lady Sing album art Gail Wynters Let The Lady Sing(LP) RCA APL1-2285 US 1977 Sell This Version
86027-2 Gail Wynters - My Shining Hour album art Gail Wynters My Shining Hour(CD, Album) Naxos Jazz 86027-2 Europe 1998 Sell This Version
VWCD 4103 Gail Wynters - Boogie to heaven album art Gail Wynters Boogie to heaven(CD) VWC Records VWCD 4103 USA & Europe 2000 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

45-P-1461 Gail Wynters - Have A Good Time / You've Got The Power album art Gail Wynters Have A Good Time / You've Got The Power (Single) Hickory Records 45-P-1461 US 1967 Sell This Version
45-P-1478 Gail Wynters - You Don't Have To Be In Love album art Gail Wynters You Don't Have To Be In Love (Single) Hickory Records 45-P-1478 US 1967 Sell This Version
HLE 10144 Gail Wynters - Snap Your Fingers album art Gail Wynters Snap Your Fingers (Single) Hickory Records HLE 10144 UK 1967 Sell This Version
45-P-1520 Gail Wynters - You Don't Even Know The Meaning Of The Word album art Gail Wynters You Don't Even Know The Meaning Of The Word(7", Promo) Hickory Records 45-P-1520 US 1968 Sell This Version
45-K-1530 Gail Wynters - Crawling Back / It's Daytime album art Gail Wynters Crawling Back / It's Daytime (Single) Hickory Records 45-K-1530 US 1969 Sell This Version
45-P-1548 Gail Wynters - Who Am I (To Give Myself Advice) album art Gail Wynters Who Am I (To Give Myself Advice)(7", Single, Promo) Hickory Records 45-P-1548 US 1969 Sell This Version
45-P-1591 Gail Wynters - Help Me Make It Through The Night album art Gail Wynters Help Me Make It Through The Night (Single) Hickory Records 45-P-1591 US 1971 Sell This Version
45-P-1613 Gail Wynters - Snap Your Fingers / Going Out Of My Head album art Gail Wynters Snap Your Fingers / Going Out Of My Head Hickory Records 45-P-1613 US 1971 Sell This Version
HY27.084 Gail Wynters - The Rainbow Sign album art Gail Wynters The Rainbow Sign(7", Single) Hickory Records, Artone Holland HY27.084 Netherlands 1971 Sell This Version
45-P-1644 Gail Wynters - Bring The Boys Around / Basic Blue album art Gail Wynters Bring The Boys Around / Basic Blue(7", Promo) Hickory Records 45-P-1644 US 1972 Sell This Version
HLE 10371 Gail Wynters - Young Tears Don't Fall Forever album art Gail Winters* Young Tears Don't Fall Forever(7", Single, Promo) London American Recordings, London Records HLE 10371 UK 1972 Sell This Version
45-K-1625 Gail Wynters - I'll Sing For You album art Gail Wynters I'll Sing For You(7", Promo) Hickory Records 45-K-1625 US 1972 Sell This Version
PB-10973 Gail Wynters - Gonna Love You Love You And Love You And Love You Some More album art Gail Wynters Gonna Love You Love You And Love You And Love You Some More (Single) RCA PB-10973 US 1977 Sell This Version