Nancy LaMott

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Nancy LaMott (December 30, 1951 in Midland, Michigan–December 13, 1995 in New York City) was a singer,[1] popular on the New York City cabaret circuit in the 1990s. LaMott performed twice at the White House for President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton.[2] In 2008, her posthumously-released album Ask Me Again, featuring songs she recorded between 1988 and 1995, reached #12 on Billboard magazine's Top Jazz Albums chart.[3]


Nancy LaMott was diagnosed with Crohn's disease at age seventeen.[4]

Singing career[edit]

She underwent an ileostomy operation in January 1993 to remove a large portion of the third part of her small intestine. This operation dramatically improved her health.[5] In the same year, she won the MAC Award for "Outstanding Female Vocalist. [6]

In March 1995, LaMott was diagnosed with uterine cancer, yet she postponed a hysterectomy in order to record Listen To My Heart, an album that took only a remarkable two days to complete. The operation revealed that the cancer had metastasized.[7]

Her last public performance was on December 4, 1995, at one of the radio station WQEW's live performances. On that same day, she made her last TV appearance on CNBC's The Charles Grodin Show, singing Moon River.[5]

On December 13, 1995, Father Steven Harris blessed the union of Nancy to Peter Zapp, a little more than an hour before she died. Nancy LaMott died at 11:40 PM EST, at St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital in New York City, of uterine cancer.[citation needed]

Posthumous awards[edit]


Composer David Friedman produced her eight albums and a feature DVD under MIDDER Music label.

  • Beautiful Baby (1991; MMCD001)
  • Come Rain or Come Shine (1992; MMCD002)
  • My Foolish Heart (1993; MMCD003)
  • Just in Time for Christmas (1994; MMCD004)
  • Listen to My Heart (1995; MMCD005)
  • What's Good about Goodbye? (1996; MMCD006)
  • Live at Tavern on the Green (2005; MMCD007)
  • Ask Me Again (2008; MMCD008, 2-CD set)
  • I'll Be Here With You (2008; DVD)
  • The Don't Tell Mama Shows (2010; MMDVD102)


  1. ^ Morris B. Holbrook (1998). "The Dangers of Educational and Cultural Populism: Three Vignettes on the Problems of Aesthetic Insensitivity, the Pitfalls of Pandering, and the Virtues of Artistic Integrity". Journal of Consumer Affairs 32. 
  2. ^ Nancy LaMott at AllMusic - Bio by Michael G. Nastos
  3. ^ Nancy LaMott at AllMusic - Nancy LaMott - Ask Me Again Album Data and Chart Position
  4. ^ Stephen Holden (1995-12-16). "Nancy LaMott, 43, Pop Singer Of a Clear, All-American Style". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-05-28. 
  5. ^ a b Carey Goldberg (1996-01-14). "POP MUSIC: Three Women and Their Journeys in Song;A Sweet, Songful Life Lost As It Was About to Start". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-05-28. 
  6. ^ Wayman Wong (1995-12-15). "Feted Cabaret Star Nancy Lamott Dies". New York Daily News. Retrieved 2009-05-28. 
  7. ^ Goldberg, Carey (January 14, 1996). "Three Women and Their Journeys in Song;A Sweet, Songful Life Lost As It Was About to Start". The New York Times. Retrieved May 31, 2009. 
  8. ^ Wong, Wayman (6 March 1996). "MAC LOVES LOTS OF LAMOTT LATE SINGER SCORES TOP NOMINATIONS FOR 10TH CABARET AWARDS". New York Daily News. Retrieved 2009-05-30. 
  9. ^ "MAC AWARDS PAST WINNERS 2007". The Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs. Retrieved May 31, 2009. [dead link]

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