India Adams passed away on Saturday at the age of 93.
She was known as the secret singer behind Cyd Charisse in The Band Wagon and Joan Crawford in Torch Song.
The star died of a brief illness at Providence Cedars-Sinai Tarzana Medical Center in Los Angeles The Hollywood Reporter.
Rest in Peace: India Adams died on Saturday at the age of 93
India married Jack Stanley, an advertising executive, in 1951 until their divorce in 1970; she married Quentin Rance, an English interior designer, in 1974 until his death in 2016.
She is survived by sons Brian and Zane, grandchildren Hugo and Jasmin, daughter-in-law Lizza and stepson Steve and his son Dean.
The voice of India is the one who sings the song New Sun In The Sky in the 1953 movie The Band Wagon; she called Cyd Charisse, who played the main character ballerina Gabrielle Gerard.
She also sang That’s Entertainment with Fred Astaire, Oscar Levant, Nanette Fabray and Jack Buchanan.
That same year (1953), India provided the vocals for Joan Crawford’s character Broadway star Jenny Stewart in the movie Torch Song.
India sang Tenderly and You Won’t Forget Me for Joan.
Talented: She was known as the secret singer behind Cyd Charisse in The Band Wagon and Joan Crawford in Torch Song; depicted in 1965
Movie: The voice of India is the one who sings the song New Sun In The Sky in the 1953 movie The Band Wagon; she called Cyd Charisse (photo), who played the main character ballerina Gabrielle Gerard
India had sung Two-Faced Woman for Cyd in The Band Wagon, but it was cut before the film was finally released.
The recording of India singing the tune was reused for Joan in Torch Song.
The 1994 documentary That’s Entertainment III features Cyd and Joan lip sync with the voice of India.
Another: In the same year (1953), India provided the vocals for Joan Crawford’s character Broadway star Jenny Stewart in the movie Torch Song
India started her singing career during high school in Los Angeles.
The singer said, “I had a friend at school who had a small three-piece band, and he said if I went out with him one night he would make me sing,” via The Hollywood Reporter.
“I sang and the boss offered me a job, but he couldn’t afford to have me two nights. I said if I didn’t charge him the other two nights I could work there? ‘
He agreed and “then I just started working clubs in the city.”
During one of her performances, India was heard by an MGM scout.
She recorded an album with Walter Gross, a pianist, and started dubbing songs for Hollywood musicals.
She moved to New York City and played in a number of musicals in the mid-1950s, including Brigadoon, The Most Happy Fella and Can-Can.
India was also the lead singer in Radio City Musical Hall and in the Latin Quarter; she also released her first solo album Comfort Me With Apples in 1959.
Music: India was also the singer in Radio City Musical Hall and in the Latin Quarter; she also released her first solo album Comfort Me With Apples in 1959
India moved to London in the 1970s and appeared on television for Royal Command Performance and also on BBC Radio; she has also been on standby for Ginger Rogers for her Mame play in London.
She released India Adams Sings and India Adams Sings Again in the 1980s after returning to Los Angeles.
By 1990, she formed Hollywood’s Secret Singing Stars with others who have dubbed stars, including Jo Ann Greer, who named Esther Williams for Jupiter’s Darling, Betty Wand for Leslie Caron’s Gigi, and Annette Warren for Ava Gardner’s Show Boat.
They performed together for the presentation of the Academy Scientific and Technical Awards in 1992, and in theaters in California and New York.
Album: She released India Adams Sings and India Adams Sings Again in the 1980s after returning to Los Angeles
India appeared on a panel at the 2011 TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood for Voice Doubles: They Sang The Songs That Made Movies Famous.
She spoke to Marni Nixon and Rita Moreno on the panel.
Two years later, the trio was profiled in the BBC Documentary Secret Voices of Hollywood.
India said at the time, “The big difference between me and my group [of ghost singers] and Marni was that she was much later and it wasn’t quite the deep, dark secret it was when I did it. When we did it, you had to swear on a Bible that you wouldn’t tell anyone. ‘
Her latest project was a guest star on The Roommates series, starring Bruce Davison and Barry Bostwick.