Elly Stone (born May 30, 1927) is an American singer and actress best known for her interpretations of the music of Jacques Brel.
Stone began her career in the 1950s, singing in a variety of off-beat venues ranging from a carnival to a burlesque show. In 1962, she was Barbra Streisand's understudy for the Broadway musical I Can Get It for You Wholesale. In 1968, she achieved recognition as one of the stars of the Off-Broadway revue Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, which was co-written by her husband, Eric Blau.
Stone stayed with the Off-Broadway production for two years, and appeared with Brel in 1970 French television special. She later starred in the 1972 Broadway incarnation of Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris and in the 1975 motion picture version, produced by the American Film Theatre. Although she appeared in other theatrical productions and enjoyed success as a cabaret and concert headliner, including a 1980 concert at Carnegie Hall in New York celebrating her 25th anniversary in the entertainment industry, Stone's identification with Brel remained strong. In 2006, she provided an Off-Broadway revival of revue Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris with previously unseen English-language translations by Eric Blau of Brel's music.
"Jacques Brel's music is effective because it deals with the most basic of human passions," said Stone in a 2008 interview with the Marin Independent-Journal. "It's all about the human condition. When you're dealing with something like that, it's not bound by time. It makes people feel."
Elly made various recordings in her career. Besides the "Jacques Brel..." Original Cast and Soundtrack recordings, she released "Elly Stone" on Columbia Records. She also recorded a variety of "Jewish Folk Songs" on the Tikva label in which she sang and played guitar. In the late 70's she released an album on Eebee Records entitled "The Spirit of 76".
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