Discussion in 'Look Around: Sergio Mendes/Brazilian Music Forum' started by Steve Sidoruk, Nov 14, 2017.
Passings: Janis Hansen of Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 (1942 - 2017) - VVN Music
This is really sad news. R.I.P. Janis Hansen
The voice of "The Look of Love." Probably one of the most un-recognized big hit vocalists in history.
Reading the obituary, I see she was born in Great Falls, MT. How about that... I never knew Sergio & Brasil '66 actually had a Montana connection! (Now if we could only get him here for a concert!)
Janis and her husband Richard both were absolutely wonderful to me via a long set of email exchanges many years ago. I helped Janis reconnect with Jose Soares, though I have absolutely no clear recollection of how I did that, and Janis and Richard mailed me a complete set of their Bible Stories set that I donated to the church I was Music Directing for at the time. She was so touched by the fact that some of us knew she was the voice on Look of Love.
BTW, we all know this, but the pic in the obituary is not Janis.
I notice that the dead give away is that behind her was Sebastian neto who had a goatee and Janis was not a Blonde but a Brunette.
What very sad news. In my 68 years I had three favorite singers: Eydie Gorme, Lani Hall and Janis Hansen. What they had in common was superb vocal interpretations of music of Latin origin. And Janis contributions shined like star. With Brasil 66 whether singing magnificently in unison with Lani Hall in songs like "The Frog", or singing solo on that wonderful bridge portion of "For Me", or her incomparably sensual lead vocal with the "Look of Love", Janis vocals were a musical joy to listen to.
Then her musical odyssey took her to the group The Carnival. I've posted an awesome vocal by Janis where to my ear she displayed a kind of R&B vocal style on "Where There's A Heartache" from the movie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Listen to her vocal inflection when she hits the high notes at the end of the song. Simply fantastic. And when Janis sang she always had such a pretty voice--the most important musical quality for any female singer.
God bless Janis and rest in peace.
All due love and respect to Janis.
I don't know of any live recordings of the first line-up (with Janis) of Brasil '66. I can only find three recordings on YouTube of the second line-up (with Karen as 2nd singer).
Remarkable. Yes, I think I can deduce/guess what happened. Someone did a quick Google or Bing search for "Janis Hansen", and that image is what appears on that first page of web search results.
Search results have changed, evidently - when I do the searches, now.
(But still, if I add "Sergio" to the query, I get that image as the first result.)
Good thing, they didn't mix up the actress (who is about as old, in fact) who was acting in Hollywood in the mid-1960s and onwards.
In fact, that (former) actress appears on the first page of Bing results:
Janis Hansen (manager) - Wikipedia
Here is an Los Angeles Times obituary with an excellent review of the life of Janis.
Janis Hansen Klinger's Obituary on Los Angeles Times
More sad news, 50 years and a couple of months after meeting her, taking my avatar photo (with Lani) , and about a week after my mother's passing .... rest in peace.....
I offer my heartfelt condolences about your mother's passing.
I had downloaded the highest-resolution available scans of those two photos that you had taken at the Michigan State Fair 50 years ago, and those pics are just wonderful. In fact, those photos have newly-added significance, now that Janis has left this world.
I can imagine, if I was in your position (on that day you took those photos) -- as a 17-year-old boy, with those two lovely ladies in front of me, I don't know if I could have held the camera steady enough -- my hand would have been shaking, at least a bit. (Of course, I would have tried to suppress or hide that fact from them, as best as I could have.) : )