|From the time she was a child, Natalie Nevins was born to entertain....always singing her little Irish heart out to the joy of everyone in her hometown of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
And then it was onwards to Hollywood where she became a household name thanks to The Lawrence Welk Show.
Natalie was born on May 15, 1925 and while growing up in the city of Brotherly Love, from the time she was five, she would be down on the corner candy store entertaining the crowds with her singing, making sure there were at least two people, or even five to ten folks were there to watch. She would continue to rehearse, work hard and improve on her vocals in the years to come hoping her Big Break would come.
She received her formal music training from the sisters of the Immaculate Heart and St. Joseph schools in Philly where she also learned to play the flute and the piano, and later attended the University of Pennsylvania before heading out to Southern California to pursue showbusiness. Her Big Break came when announcer Johnny Jacobs, who followed Natalie's work since her arrival, invited her to entertain at the Marymount School's Father and Daughter annual benefit fund dinner, having her sing before a huge gathering of famous Hollywoodites in the audience. That opened the doors for more oppurtunities, such as performing at the Riverside Hotel in Reno, Nevada for a summer engagement and later all over the country in one major television appearance after another.
Natalie was soon hired by Lawrence Welk to appear on his show for the 1965-1966 television season, their first transmitting in color, and would spend four wunnerful years displaying her singing talents as a soloist, or in duets with Jimmy Roberts and Joe Feeney. She also demonstrated her talents with the flute as well. While on the show, she recorded an album, Natalie Nevins Sings I Believe & Other Inspirational Songs released by Ranwood Records.
She also continued her musical training when she received operatic coaching from both Madame Estelle Liebling in New York and later with Arthur Rosenstein at MGM studios in Hollywood.
After her departure from the show, Natalie worked briefly as an assistant on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson before returning home to Philadelphia, to be near her brother John, who is a priest at a local monastery. Sadly, she passed away on August 23, 2010.
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