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Gisele Mackenzie

Born Gisele Lafleche in Winnipeg, Canada, Gisele MacKenzie was known for her pop/rock hits "Hard to Get" and "Pepper-Hot Baby." She was a regular vocalist on Your Hit Parade from 1953-57. Her musical and acting career took her from recording studios, to radio stations, to television and to the stage.

Gisele Lafleche learned to play the violin and piano as she was growing up in Winnipeg. Along with her singing ability, learning to play instruments made her more marketable. When she married, she adopted her husband's last name, making her Gisele MacKenzie. She received her first professional job playing in the Bob Shuttleworth Band; Shuttleworth later became MacKenzie's manager.

Her musical career took off in the late 1940s when she got her own radio show on the Canadian Broadcast Channel. It was not until 1955 that she recorded "Hard to Get" and "Pepper-Hot Baby," both minor hits. Her first four albums -- Gisele MacKenzie, Mam'selle Gisele, Christmas With Gisele and Gisele -- were released on the Vik label, a division of RCA Records. Hard to Get: The Best of Gisele MacKenzie is an anthology devoted to the songs she recorded while at RCA. Also on the RCA label is a series of children's albums she produced for the Cricket Playhour.

In 1957, Gisele MacKenzie began her own television program on NBC, which lasted only one season. Her television career had started in 1950 when she made an appearance on The Jack Benny Program, shortly after appearing as a regular vocalist on Your Hit Parade. It was not until 1963 that she reappeared on ABC's The Sid Caesar Show. singing a song each week and sometimes playing Sid Caesar's fourth wife.

In the early '60s, MacKenzie released three albums -- Gisele MacKenzie At the Empire Room of the Waldorf Astoria, Gisele MacKenzie Sings Lullaby and Goodnight, and Losers' Lullabies -- and later toured the United States. She sang in nightclubs and performed the lead vocals in such musicals as The King and I, South Pacific, Hello Dolly and The Unsinkable Molly Brown.

Gisele MacKenzie made a television "comeback" in the 1980s when she made guest appearances on MacGyver and Murder She Wrote. She never lost her interest in singing while pursuing an acting career and in 1996 wrote an anthem to the city of Los Angeles called "My City, L.A.," which proved quite popular in the city. MacKenzie was diagnosed with cancer a few years later and finally succumbed early in September of 2003. ~ Kim Summers
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Selected Discography

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Track List: 1953 British Hit Parade: Britain's Greatest Hits Volume 2

Disc 1

1. Faith Can Move Mountains

2. Make It Soon

4. The Glow-Worm

5. Faith Can Move Mountains

6. Don't Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes

7. Vanessa

8. Now

10. She Wears Red Feathers

11. Broken Wings

12. Wonderful Copenhagen

13. Why Don't You Believe Me

15. All The Time And Everywhere

16. Girl In The Wood

17. Night Train

19. How Much Is That Doggie In The Window

20. Oh Happy Day

21. Little Red Monkey

22. I Believe

24. Somebody Stole My Gal

Disc 2

1. Pretty Little Black Eyed Susie

2. Side By Side

3. Broken Wings

4. Pretend

7. Tell Me A Story

8. Hold Me Thrill Me Kiss Me

9. Coronation Rag

10. Terry's Theme From Limelight

11. I'm Walking Behind You

12. Terry's Theme From Limelight

14. In A Golden Coach (There's A Heart Of Gold)

15. Windsor Waltz

16. I'm Walking Behind You

17. Hot Toddy

18. Rachel

19. Bushel And A Peck

20. Seven Lonely Days

21. Let's Walk That A Way

23. Can't I

24. Eternally

25. Look At That Girl

Disc 3

1. Where The Wind Blows

3. Kiss

4. Flirtation Waltz

5. Bridge Of Sighs

6. Hey Joe

7. Answer Me

8. Swedish Rhapsody

10. Dragnet

11. Answer Me

12. Chicka Boom

14. Vaya Con Dios

17. Dragnet

18. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus

19. Let's Have A Party

20. Swedish Rhapsody

21. Ricochet

22. Rags To Riches

23. Oh Mein Papa

24. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus

25. Cloud Lucky Seven

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Need a bio on Gisele too
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I would love to hear more Gisele Mackenzie.
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Need more Gisele Mackenzie tracks on pandora!!!

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