GRAMMY.com Exclusive First Listen: Liza Minnelli
Liza Minnelli, Elvis Costello, Patti Smith, and Rufus Wainwright are among the artists featured on the forthcoming "Boardwalk Empire" soundtrack, Boardwalk Empire Volume 2: Music From The HBO Original Series. Ahead of the album's Sept. 3 release from ABKCO Records, GRAMMY.com has your exclusive first listen to Minnelli's rendition of the Prohibition-era hit "You've Got To See Mama Ev'ry Night (Or You Can't See Mama At All)."
"'Boardwalk Empire' provides an incredible back drop for music," said music supervisor Randall Poster. "Terry Winters, Martin Scorsese and the entire 'Boardwalk Empire' team inspire the sound of the episodes as we move from the streets and alleys of Atlantic City to the smoky rooms of Al Capone's Chicago and on down into the tropics of Florida. This compilation celebrates the mastery of all the artists involved."
Co-produced by GRAMMY winners Poster and Stewart Lerman, Boardwalk Empire Volume 2 follows 2011's Boardwalk Empire: Volume 1, which garnered a GRAMMY for Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media at the 54th GRAMMY Awards. The upcoming soundtrack for the Emmy Award-winning HBO series, which is set to premiere its fourth season on Sept. 8, features all new recordings from a wide range of artists and "Boardwalk Empire" house band Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks, including Costello's rendition of the standard "It Had To Be You" and Minnelli's "You've Gotta See Mama Ev'ry Night (Or You Can't See Mama At All)."
The daughter of GRAMMY winner Judy Garland, Minnelli's storied career includes two GRAMMY nominations, an Academy Award, four Tony Awards and an Emmy, among her many accomplishments. Minnelli made her stage debut at 16 in an off-Broadway revival of the 1941 musical "Best Foot Forward." She's since appeared in numerous Broadway productions, including "Flora The Red Menace," "Chicago" and "Cabaret," among others.
In 1964 Minnelli released her debut studio album, Liza! Liza!, and followed with such Billboard-charting albums as "Live" At The London Palladium (1965), Liza With A "Z" (1972) and Liza Minnelli The Singer (1973). Her 1996 album, Gently, garnered a GRAMMY nomination for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Performance, and 2009's Liza's At The Palace received a GRAMMY nomination for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album at the 52nd GRAMMY Awards. In 1990 Minnelli was among the first recipients of the GRAMMY Legend Award.