BARBARA LEE OWENS

A thrilling performer, Miss Owens has an equally wonderful golden voice.

BIOGRAPHY

Clockwise from top left; Sandi Wright, Elizabeth Hardcastle, Diane Huber, Shelly Sweet.

Before rearing four children and eventually becoming a grandmother, Barbara Stamy was presented by The Pittsburgh Concert Society and appeared in both Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera and Pittsburgh Playhouse productions. Beyond appearing as soloist in several oratorio performances with choirs and orchestras, Mrs. Stamy also sang with the Shadyside Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir, was the soprano soloist at the First Church of Christ, Scientist, alto soloist at Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church, and the contralto voice in the Solo Quartet at Temple Sinai. Her professional career spanned six decades (from the mid 1940s through the early 1990s), though even today she will break into song if requested.

However, the former Barbara Lee Owens is perhaps best remembered as a songstress of Broadway show tunes and for her live weekly radio program on KDKA during the late 1940’s entitled Songs You Love to Hear. It was singing music of that genre that first propelled her into the national spotlight by winning the Wilkens Amateur Hour contest at age 21, immediately after which she was signed by the Breakfast Cheer Coffee Company, which sponsored her radio show. Recently, more than 100 recordings from that program were discovered, digitized and restored, and have been released as six collections in a new series of albums.

 

Barbara gives her all to enlarging, balancing and uplifting the selection of songs for each broadcast.

RELEASES


SONGS YOU LOVE TO HEAR, volume I

Songs You Love to Hear, the initial album of the Series, features 14 of Barbara’s all-time favorites, including 12 solos along with two bonus tracks of Barbara and Johnny Kirby in duet. Beyond a retrospective look at her career in radio, the liner notes trace the history of the show and how a few of its nearly 70-year old broadcast discs were discovered and restored.

TRACKLIST

Because (1902)
Drink To Me Only With Thine Eyes (1921)
Can't Help Lovin' That Man Of Mine (1927)
Kiss Me Again (1905)
Remember (1925)
Night And Day (1932)
Over The Rainbow (1939)
More Than You Know (1929)
They Didn't Believe Me (1914)
Someday My Prince Will Come (1937)
You Go To My Head (1938)
Italian Street Song (1910)
Dancing In The Dark (1931)
Indian Love Call (1924)

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FALLING IN LOVE WITH LOVE

(SONGS YOU LOVE TO HEAR, VOLUME II)

Falling in Love with Love, the second release of this multi-volume set of recordings, is a collection of love songs dedicated to the memories of those she loves and has loved, especially her now-deceased husband, Lloyd F. Stamy. In mostly her own words, the liner notes recount that courtship, their marriage, and the inspiration of family, musical colleagues, mentors and friends who enabled her career. Accordingly, most of the 14 songs are happy, a few reflectively sentimental, but all enjoyable.

TRACKLIST

Ev’rything I Love (1941)
I Love You Truly (1901)
Moonbeams (1928)
Magic Is The Moonlight (1929)
In The Still Of The Night (1937)
The Anniversary Song (1946)
Gianinna Mia (1912)
Falling In Love With Love (1938)
Stars In My Eyes (1936)
Silver Moon (1927)
The Very Thought Of You (1934)
What Is This Thing Called Love? (1929)
Something To Remember You By (1930)
A Tree In The Meadow (1948)

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SAY IT WITH MUSIC

(SONGS YOU LOVE TO HEAR, VOLUME III)

Say it with Music, the third album of the Series, includes 14 popular love songs together with a bonus track of Barbara singing a jazzy version of “Abide with Me” accompanied by the Shadyside Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir that was recorded in the late 1970s, or three decades after her final radio broadcast.  The liner notes offer an intimate glimpse of the singer’s life and her career while providing some tips on vocal craft - all within Barbara’s responses to questions posed in a recent, wide-ranging interview subtitled “The Sheer Joy of Singing”.

TRACKLIST

Say It With Music (1921)
One Night of Love (1934)
Aloha Oe (Farewell To Thee) (1878)
When A Maid Comes Knocking At Your Heart (1912)
But Beautiful (1947)
It’s A Lovely Day Tomorrow (1940)
Romance (1926)
When You’re Away (1924)
Poor Butterfly (1916)
I’ll Get By (As Long As I Have You) (1928)
Love Sends A Little Gift Of Roses (1919)
I Get A Kick Out Of You (1934)
If I Had My Way (1913)
When I Grow Too Old To Dream (1934)
Abide With Me (1964)

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A Grand Night for Singing (Prelude: Part 1)

(SONGS YOU LOVE TO HEAR, VOLUME IV)

A Grand Night for Singing, a triple album/double CD of 45 Great American Duets, represents volumes 4, 5 and 6 of the Series. Fittingly, the reflective liner notes pay tribute to the memories of her radio colleagues, especially her singing co-star, Johnny Kirby. Beyond the 43 duets sung with Johnny, there are two additional bonus tracks of Barbara singing in duet with her eldest son, Lloyd Stamy, Jr., from the mid 1980s. All of these songs are enduring staples of the Great American Songbook that (hopefully) will be forever embedded in the public consciousness. 

TRACKLIST

Songs You Love To Hear (Opening)
It’s A Grand Night For Singing (1945)
All The Things You Are (1939)
Cheek to Cheek (1935)
I’m Wishing (1937)
If You Were The Only Girl (In The World) (1916)
April Showers (1921)
In My Merry Oldsmobile (1905)
Merry Widow Waltz (1905)
Jealous (1924)
Dancing In The Dark (1931)
Wabash Moon (1931)
Why Shouldn’t I? (1935)
Someday (1925)
I Found A Million Dollar Baby (In a Five & Ten Cent Store) (1931)
When Day Is Done (1927)
Songs You Love To Hear (Closing)

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A GRAND NIGHT FOR SINGING (INTERMEZZO: PART 2)

(SONGS YOU LOVE TO HEAR, VOLUME V)

A Grand Night for Singing, a triple album/double CD of 45 Great American Duets, represents volumes 4, 5 and 6 of the Series. Fittingly, the reflective liner notes pay tribute to the memories of her radio colleagues, especially her singing co-star, Johnny Kirby. Beyond the 43 duets sung with Johnny, there are two additional bonus tracks of Barbara singing in duet with her eldest son, Lloyd Stamy, Jr., from the mid 1980s. All of these songs are enduring staples of the Great American Songbook that (hopefully) will be forever embedded in the public consciousness. 

TRACKLIST

Songs You Love To Hear (Opening)
Just One Of Those Things (1935)
If I Could Be With You (One Hour Tonight) (1926)
I’ll See You in my Dreams (1924)
Indian Love Call (1924)
Why Do I love You(1927)
The Best Things In Life Are Free (1927)
Song Of The Islands (Na lei o Hawaii) (1929)
Make Believe (1927)
Always (1925)
Sweethearts (1913)
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! (1945)
Have You Got Any Castles Baby? (1937)
Hey Babe (1936)
Home On The Range (1910)
You Are Love (1927)
Songs You Love To Hear (Closing)

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A GRAND NIGHT FOR SINGING (FINALE: PART 3)

(SONGS YOU LOVE TO HEAR, VOLUME VI)

A Grand Night for Singing, a triple album/double CD of 45 Great American Duets, represents volumes 4, 5 and 6 of the Series. Fittingly, the reflective liner notes pay tribute to the memories of her radio colleagues, especially her singing co-star, Johnny Kirby. Beyond the 43 duets sung with Johnny, there are two additional bonus tracks of Barbara singing in duet with her eldest son, Lloyd Stamy, Jr., from the mid 1980s. All of these songs are enduring staples of the Great American Songbook that (hopefully) will be forever embedded in the public consciousness. 

TRACKLIST

Songs You Love To Hear (Opening)
In The Still of the Night (1937)
What Is This Thing Called Love? (1929)
I’m Looking Over A Four-Leaf Clover (1927)
Strange Music (1944)
For Me And My Gal (1917)
Shine On, Harvest Moon (1908)
Little Dutch Mill (1934)
The Waltz You Saved For Me (1930)
Because You’re You (1906)
(I’ll Be With You) In Apple Blossom Time (1920)
Yesterdays (1933)
Seems Like Old Times (1945)
Will You Remember? (1917)
Songs You Love To Hear (Closing)
My Hero (1908)
The Fireman’s Bride (1945)

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