Singer Lani Hall had one of the most unique voices of her time and she used it in more than one capacity.

 

From the 1970’s and onwards, Lani Hall was a solo artist with a string of albums and singles but for bossa nova fans, she will always be remembered as the original voice of Sergio Mendes‘ “Brasil ’66.” A chance meeting with Sergio Mendes during a performance in 1966 was the start of a successful but short-lived collaboration.

Brasil 66+Sergio Mendes+Lani Hall

Brasil 66′ : Lani Hall in the front in red

During her 5 years with the band she toured and recorded influential albums such as “Equinox” and met her future husband Herb Albert (the couple pictured below).

Lani Hall & husband Herb Albert

Lani Hall & husband Herb Alpert

Her unique multi-track vocals were a trademark of the group and her carefree demeanor personified the image of the group. As both the female face and voice of the group, every song in the group’s catalogue during that period was enhanced by her presence but none more memorable and celebrated than her performance on “Mas Que Nada” from Brasil 66’s debut album “Herb Alpert Presents.

In 1972 she branched out as a solo artist and most notably contributed to the 1983 James Bond film, “Never Say Never again,” in which she performed the theme song and made a cameo in the accompanying video. To this day she is still active and released her latest album in 2011. Entitled “I Feel you” the album is significant as it is the first to feature the contributions of her husband so integrally.

Herb Alpert +Lani Hall

Herb Alpert & Lani Hall