In A Long and Winding Road, Maureen McGovern blends music and memories as she chronicles her growth as a performer and a person.
Maureen McGovern is a dame's dame: funny, wry, and fearless. In A Long and Winding Road, she blends music and memories as she chronicles her growth as a performer and a person. Throughout her experiences, good and bad, there is that sterling voice. McGovern grew up in a tight-knit Catholic family in post-war Ohio. Her father sang in a local barbershop quartet, and even at a very young age, Maureen had such perfect pitch that she could sing each of the four parts. She married young, worked as a secretary during the day, and sang in bars at night until she recorded "The Morning After," the song that made her a star overnight.
In addition to the wildly popular international gold record "The Morning After" from the epic film The Poseidon Adventure, McGovern also scored hits with "We May Never Love Like This Again" from The Towering Inferno and "Can You Read My Mind?" from Superman. Her huge hits from Poseidon and Inferno earned her the waggish moniker of "disaster theme queen," but, over the years, McGovern proved herself to be a more complex artist than your average pop sensation. She is equally as comfortable performing art songs with a symphony orchestra as she is with new takes on standards with a jazz group, earning her the more respectful title of the "Stradivarius Voice." McGovern has released dozens of albums since her recording career began, winning a Grammy (and earning several nominations).
Given her skill at executing standards, musical theatre is a natural fit for Ms. McGovern’s talents, and she is best know for her acclaimed turn in the Broadway production and national tour of Little Women. Her performance as Marmee garnered a Drama Desk nomination before she took to the road for its first national tour. She made her Broadway debut as Mabel in the 1981 production The Pirates of Penzance, and she also played starring roles in Nine with the late Raul Julia and The Three Penny Opera with Sting. Boston audiences may remember her from the national tour of The King and I as Anna.
Knowing first-hand the healing and sustaining power of music from her own life, she founded the Maureen McGovern Works of Heart Foundation for Music and Healing, a charity that addresses the emotional and inspirational needs of patients and caregivers. A national board member of the Muscular Dystrophy Association, she has performed on twenty-seven consecutive Labor Day telethons, and is an artist spokesperson for the American Music Therapy Association.
Now at age 60, Maureen McGovern has written a stirring musical memoir that invites us to celebrate the turbulence and triumphs of a generation. She uses songs from her vast repertoire to impart the wonderful, hard-won wisdom of a life lived in music.