I was a dancer when I first came to Los Angeles, and also thought I was a singer. I was eighteen. One of my most embarrassing moments was auditioning for Lionel Newman as an actress who could sing. I remember that we both fell out laughing. But I got a part in a couple of television shows at Fox Studios, and was put under contract there in their 'New Talent Department.' Not too long after, a dancer friend, Dottie Harmony, who had dated Elvis, and one of the Everly Brothers, and I, were recorded by both Herb Alpert, and Leon Russell and David Gates of" Bread." We had a Number One record in Detroit, "Prince Of My Dreams", written by David Gates. We called ourselves, alternately, Dottie and Kathy, and The Beverly Sisters. I think, around that time, Dottie and I wrote a song with P.J. Proby that was recorded by the OJ's.
I became an actual serious songwriter working with Annette Tucker. Our first song together, "Feelin' Kinda Sunday", was recorded by Frank and Nancy Sinatra, and produced by Don Costa. I later signed with Motown, scoring a hit with "Nathan Jones," for the Supremes, written with Leonard Caston, and produced by Frank Wilson. There was music everywhere in the Motown Building at Sunset and Vine, and I eventually worked with Diana Ross, The Temptations, Eddie Kendricks, Michael Jackson, Thelma Houston, Smokey Robinson, and The Four Tops.
I've had the intense pleasure of having songs recorded by James Ingram, Quincy Jones, Barbra Streisand, Roberta Flack, Frank Sinatra, Brenda Russell, Oleta Adams, and many more, have worked in film and television with composers that include Academy Award winners Michel Colombier, Vangelis, and Gabriel Yared.
I've spent the last five years writing the novella, SNAKETOWN; have written many short stories, and have in-progress a play, SCAR, started in Trey Nickol's LA workshop, a mystery novel, Rosalie On The Mountain, and another crazy about California novel, whose working title is, "Nickolas."
When I'm away from California, and the West Coast, I miss The Pacific Ocean, the long or wide spans of land and sky, the deserts, the sunsets, and absolute and total freedom. I never want to drive on the left again, or step off a curb and wonder which direction the truck is coming from.
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