Gloria Wood

Profile:
Eccentric singer Gloria Wood had according to Time Magazine from the 26th of May, 1958: « The most pervasive voice in radio or television belongs neither to Bing Crosby nor Perry Como, but to a pretty, twinkly, auburn-haired girl named Gloria Wood. Blessed with a four-octave range and a gift for mimicry, Gloria can sing high or low, squeaky or sweet, on demand and to order. And the demand for such special talents is tremendous. In just the past three years, Gloria has recorded for more than 2000 singing commercials. (...)

She is the voice of the impish Tinker Bell orbiting around a jar of Peter Pan peanut butter, of Walt Disney's Minnie Mouse, and (on records) of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. One firm planned a commercial featuring an eight-year-old boy, a nine-year-old girl, their mother and grandmother. Gloria did all four characters. (...)

With her four-octave range, which she claims matches the eerie range of Peruvian Vocal Acrobat Yma Sumac, she can take off from low C below middle C and soar to C above high C. But this endowment also drives Gloria to despair: nobody wants to hear her sing straight. Her mother, a pop singer on Boston radio back in the mid-'20s thrust Gloria into big-band singing straight out of high school in 1941. Gloria did solid hitches with Horace Heidt and Kay Kyser, in 1953 made a Capitol record called "Hey Bellboy" (its only words), which sold nearly 1000000 copies. The movies have called on her to provide the voice of many a nonsinging star. She sang for Marilyn Monroe in "River of No Return", for Vera-Ellen in "White Christmas". (...)

"I like making money", she admits. "But I'd like to be known for all the things I've done. Nobody knows Gloria Wood".

Albums

Gloria Wood - Wood By The Fire album art Gloria Wood Wood By The Fire Columbia US 1958 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Gloria Wood - Oh, Honey / By The Waters Of Minnetonka album art Gloria Wood, Pete Candoli And His Orchestra Gloria Wood, Pete Candoli And His Orchestra - Oh, Honey / By The Waters Of Minnetonka (Single) Capitol Records US 1953 Sell This Version
Gloria Wood - Hey, Bellboy! album art Gloria Wood With Pete Candoli And His Orchestra Gloria Wood With Pete Candoli And His Orchestra - Hey, Bellboy! (Single) Capitol Records Denmark 1953 Sell This Version
Gloria Wood - Red Canary album art Buddy Cole And Gloria Wood Buddy Cole And Gloria Wood - Red Canary Capitol Records US 1953 Sell This Version
Gloria Wood - Hey  Bellboy album art Gloria Wood With Pete Candoli Gloria Wood With Pete Candoli - Hey Bellboy (EP, Single) Capitol Records France 1955 Sell This Version
9-61457 Gloria Wood - Hey Mister! / I Keep Telling Myself album art Gloria Wood Hey Mister! / I Keep Telling Myself(7", Single, Mono, Promo) Coral 9-61457 US 1955 Sell This Version
9-61396 Gloria Wood Teen-Time / Lover-Lover(7", Single) Coral 9-61396 US 1955 Sell This Version
Gloria Wood - Wear A Smile / Close The Door Gently album art Gloria Wood Wear A Smile / Close The Door Gently (Single) Diamond (6) US 1956 Sell This Version
Gloria Wood - The Rock And The Roll / Honey Bee album art Gloria Wood The Rock And The Roll / Honey Bee Diamond (6) US 1956 Sell This Version
ZR 70-010 Gloria Wood - Lullaby In Blue album art Gloria Wood Lullaby In Blue(7") Zephyr Records ZR 70-010 US 1957 Sell This Version
4-41070 Gloria Wood - Back Door album art Gloria Wood With Jerry Fielding & His Orch.* Gloria Wood With Jerry Fielding & His Orch.* - Back Door(7", Single, Promo) Columbia 4-41070 US 1957 Sell This Version
4-41156 Gloria Wood - I Won't Be A Fool Again / Heartless Kisses album art Gloria Wood I Won't Be A Fool Again / Heartless Kisses(7", Promo) Columbia 4-41156 US 1958 Sell This Version

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