Mississippi Writers and Musicians
MISSISSIPPI MUSICIANS: NANETTE WORKMAN


Nanette Workman Nanette Workman. Photo by Nancy Jacobs1945

Major Musical Works

  • Nanette 1967
  • Je me rétracte 1967
  • Fleurs d'amour, fleurs d'amitié. With Tony Roman 1968
  • Nanette (1968?)
  • Lady Marmalade 1975
  • Nanette Workman 1976
  • Grits and Cornbread 1977 Nanette Workman 1977
  • Nanette Workman 1978(?)
  • Disque d'or (1979)
  • Les Titres d'or de Nanette Workman (1979)
  • Chaude. 1980
  • Nanette Workman. 1983
  • Changement d'adresse. 1989
    Photo above by Nancy Jacobs
  • Collection souvenir. (1991) CD
  • La Legende De Jimmy (1990
  • Les Plus Belles Chansons De Starmania (1978 Concept Cast Highlights)
  • Best of Nanette Workman(1998)
  • Quebec (1998)
  • Love Taker with Peter Frampton
  • Rock and Romance (2001)
  • Roots 'n Blues (2001)
  • Une a Une (2001)
  • Vanilla Blues Cafe (2003)
  • Mississippi Rolling Stone (2007)
  • Danser Danser (2007)

    Movies

  • 1975: Mustang as Barbara
  • 1982: Scandale
  • 1984: Evil Judgement as April
  • 1985: Night Magic as Pinky (voice)
  • 1997: J'en suis as Sandy Klein
  • 1999: Ladies Room as Ricki
  • 2006: Bon Cop, Bad Cop as a ballet teacher

Television series

  • 2001: Rivière-des-Jérémie as Sarah Blacksmith

Television movies

  • 1986: C.A.T. Squad
  • 1997: Platinum
  • 2003: Nightwaves as Sally Winters

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Nanette Workman: A Biography

Nanette Workman is today a star in Quebec, Canada. She is a singer, songwriter, musician, and actress. Born in New York November 20, 1945, to musical parents (her mother, Beatryce Kreisman, was in the chorus of Naughty Marietta with the New York City Opera Company, and her father, Ernest Workman, was a trumpet player in the orchestra when they met), she grew up in Jackson, Mississippi. As a child she studied the piano and appeared weekly in Jackson on the 'Mr. Magic Show' which eventually became "Junior Time." Later Nanette was given her own weekly show entitled "Teen Tempos."

    Nanette Workman with MSU students at the Nanette Workman French House in Starkville, Mississippi.

     

    Photo by Nancy Jacobs

     

    Nanette Workman with MSU  students. Photo by N. Jacobs

After graduation from Provine High School, she attended the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, but at the age of eighteen she left the college for New York City where she had received a role on Broadway as the understudy to the star of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. In 1964 she played the role of Rosemary in the show and later played the lead in summer stock.

In 1966 Workman met Tony Roman, who encouraged her to follow him to Canada and record her first French single, Et Maintenant, without

Moe Jackson and Nanette  Workman display certificate from Governor Haley Barbourunderstanding a word she was singing. The song became number one and stayed there on the charts for fifteen weeks. For the next two years she recorded and made appearances on Canadian television-- including the hosting of her own TV show called Fleurs D'Amours et Fleurs d'Amitie.

Moving to England in 1970 Workman had a weekly appearance on Peter Cook and Dudley Moore's comedy series Two Weeks at the Savoy. On the Rolling Stones' album Tatoo You Workman is the voice behind Mick Jagger. She has also worked with numerous other British recording artists.

Moving from England to France in 1973, Nanette Workman toured with Johnny Hallyday as his opening act. She recorded an album in English with Peter Frampton in 1964 and with others. She made three albums with Yves Martin before returning to Quebec where she recorded several more French albums. Returning to France in 1978, she starred in the Rock Opera Starmania as Sadia. In 1990 she returned to become "La Diva" in the musical comedy La Legende de Jimmy.

In 1980 she made an album Chaude in collaboration with her brother Billy Workman and Luc Plamondon.

In addition to appearing in many commercials, television shows and films, she has been featured in well-known Canadian magazines. She has written a book entitled Nanette, which is biographical with photographs. She has a seventeen year old son named Jesse. In her spare time she enjoys animals, especially her cats!

In April of 2000 Nanette Workman was inducted into the Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame. Roots N Blues, another album in English, was released in May of 2001. In 2001 she also appeared in a CBC television series in Quebec called Riviere de Jeremie and was the hostess for thirteen episodes of Generation 70.

Most recently, Mississippi State University has begun a program where a group of students live together to advance their study of the French language. The program has been named The Nanette Workman French House in her honor.

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Albums and CD's

Nanette Workman dancing

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Interview with Nanette Workman (Coming)



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Related Websites

Nanette Workman House gives MSU students chance to immerse in French- speaking experience.

Nanette Workman on MySpace allows listening to audio clips of her music. The page takes a very long time to load.

Encyclopedia of Music in Canada includes extensive biography and other information about Workman.

 

 

 

 

 

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Works Cited

Encyclopedia of Music in Canada. <http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com/index.cfm?PgNm=TCE&Params=U1ARTU0003739>

Songstress comes back to her roots. Clarion-Ledger article by Lori Herring on March 3, 2002.

Official web site of Nanette Workman. <http://www.nanette.qc.ca/>. 2003.

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