Children’s Songs from France
Total Time: 6:37
Already known as “Canada’s First Lady of Song”, while still in her teens, Gisele MacKenzie crossed the border to the US in 1951 to replace The Andrews Sisters and co-star with Bob Crosby & Jo Stafford on Campbell Soup’s “Club 15,” and, at the same time, with Mario Lanza on “Coke Time.” Although primarily noted for her later TV successes as a star of NBC-TV’s legendary Saturday night staple, “Your Hit Parade,” and, later, “The Gisele MacKenzie Show,”
Gisele’s star shown for the rest of her days, as she held attendance records at the finest concert and club venues, starred in major productions of “The King and I,” “Gypsy,” “Mame,” “Unsinkable Molly Brown,” “Hello Dolly” and on and on. She guest starred on almost every major variety show in the history of TV, and became commercial spokesperson for some of the best products (Ford cars, Scott Paper, Zesta Saltines, Gillette, etc.). Although ill, Gisele continued to work in her beloved showbiz and, not long before she left us, participated in a panel discussion as a tribute to her dear friend and mentor, Jack Benny, and starred in a popular commercial for California’s depart of ageing. She loved her work, and her work and public loved her…and still does.