It’s never too late to chase your dreams. Ask Madeline Forman, who achieved his goal as a music star at the age of 94, about 75 years after he first started playing.
Forman said today he made the records he was singing in the 1940s and 1950s. She enjoyed singing and even won talent contests without formal training, but knew she couldn’t pursue her career performance.
“I knew it didn’t work for me at the time,” Forman said. “We were poor, so we did what we had to do. With the music in the background, that was the case.”
Forman cleared the records, and while she was cleaning her just-sold home, they remained untouched until she came across them last year.
“I said,’Oh, my goodness, what’s here?'” Forman recalled. “I took it out to see it …. I couldn’t believe it. I hadn’t seen these for years.”
Forman managed to find a record player so that he could listen to the recording again. She handed them over to relatives in the music industry. Relatives were overwhelmed by her voice talent. The relative arranged for Forman to come to the Shorefire Recording Studio in Long Branch, NJ, where she re-recorded the song “Don’t rob me of your love.”
“I can still sing the song well,” Forman said. “I sing well and laugh.”
Forman wasn’t the only one to mark that particular song. Musical legends such as Frank Sinatra, Etta James, and Bing Crosby all played this number.
“What class do I belong to?” Forman joked.
In addition to “Don’t Take Your Love From Me,” several other Forman recordings have been remastered, shared online, and hit. A documentary about Forman was also made.
“That’s amazing,” she said. “It’s getting a lot of attention. I couldn’t imagine … Music is music. You never leave, right? It’s always there.”
Forman said he wants his story to inspire others to continue pursuing their passion, no matter how reluctant they may seem.
“Never give up,” Forman said. “If you love something, stick to it. Your dreams will come true.”
94-year-old star singer thanks to her recording at the age of 17
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