Sunday, September 14, 2008

Pia Zadora - I Am What I Am (1986)


I don't remember the first time I heard Pia Zadora sing. I think I must've heard her cover of an old standard on my local radio station, KAAM - 770 on the AM dial. I can't think of any other way I would've heard her sing. Well, anyway, I was amazed that this was the same Pia Zadora that had turned in such awful acting performances in some very forgettable movies. You gotta hand it to the lady for reinventing herself as a singer of old pop standards. Plus, she didn't just record with some studio musicians - she recorded with the London Philharmonic Orchestra! That's the way to do it!

I was so impressed by these recordings of Pia's, that I bought three of her albums (I'll probably post the others at some point) and taped them on cassette for my mother. She loved them (and these were songs from my mom's era). In fact, she loved them so much that she in turn made tapes for several of her friends. My mom has since passed away, and so have some of her friends, but those that are still around still listen to those tapes she made of Pia Zadora's albums! Well, as I mentioned, I was so impressed by Pia's albums, that I went to see her in concert in the late 80s. She came to Dallas and performed at the Fair Park Music Hall. None of my friends were into the kind of music that I liked, so I bought a ticket and went by myself to see her - sat dead center in the fourth row - perfect seat. The show was fabulous! She was as good in person as she sounded on the albums, plus she had a great personality. She even brought her little girl and boy out to sing something - they were adorable. So, give Pia a listen on this album - all the songs are great!

Track listing for Pia Zadora - I Am What I Am:

Side 1:
1. I Am What I Am
2. All of Me
3. I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good
4. A Foggy Day (In London Town)
5. Day by Day
6. I'm Beginning to See the Light
7. If He Walked into My Life

Side 2:
1. For Once in My Life
2. How About You
3. I Had the Craziest Dream
4. The One I Love
5. Time After Time
6. Pennies from Heaven
7. It's Been a Long, Long Time
8. The Lady is a Tramp

3 comments:

ERICDARKO said...

There is one movie I love with her and I finally got it on DVD ... Maybe a bit racey ... but not really its BUTTERFLY..lol I loved it and I still do ... My Friends think I am Insane. THANKS for the great blog wish it went on forever.

el mago said...

Thanks so much for your sharing

Bruno said...

Esther, I have two more Pia Zadora albums that I will send you if interested. Tell me how to send them. -- Norm in Florida