Nanette Workman

Nanette Joan Workman (born 20 November 1945, Brooklyn, New York, United States) is a singer-songwriter, actress and author, who has been based in Quebec, Canada, during much of her career. She holds dual citizenship of both the United States and Canada. She was raised by musician parents in Jackson, Mississippi, where she began her first performances. She mainly performs in French although raised as an English speaker. She has recorded with well-known musicians in the U.S., Canada, UK and France and has been recognized in Mississippi by being elected to that state's Musicians Hall of Fame and having a Francophone house named after her at the state university.[1][2]

Nanette Workman
Birth nameNanette Joan Workman
Born (1945-11-20) 20 November 1945 (age 74)
Brooklyn, New York, United States
OriginJackson, Mississippi, United States and
Quebec, Canada
GenresVocal, rock
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, actress, author
Years activec. 1956-present
WebsiteOfficial website



Workman was born in Brooklyn, New York, on 20 November 1945, to musician parents. Her mother, Beatryce Kreisman, was in the chorus of Naughty Marietta with the New York City Opera Company, and her father, Ernest Workman, played trumpet in Tommy Dorsey's orchestra. She grew up in Jackson, Mississippi. As a child she studied piano and began her career at 11, appearing in the local WLBT television series Mr. Magic (later Junior Time) until she was given her own weekly show, Teen Tempos.[3]

She graduated from Provine High School and attended the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, leaving college at 18 for Broadway.[4]


After understudying the lead of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, she played the role of Rosemary in 1964 and later played the lead in summer stock. In 1966, Workman met Tony Roman[2] and recorded her first French single, "Et Maintenant", for him in Canada, where the song remained on the charts for fifteen weeks after becoming number one. Over the next two years she became a Canadian recording and TV star, finally hosting Fleurs d'amour, fleurs d'amitié. In 1969, Workman moved to England where she appeared weekly on Peter Cook and Dudley Moore's comedy series Not Only... But Also.[citation needed] Mistakenly credited as Nanette Newman, Workman sang backing vocals on "You Can't Always Get What You Want" and "Country Honk", tracks from The Rolling Stones' 1969 album Let it Bleed, as well as on the Stones' 1969 single, "Honky Tonk Women". She also worked with John Lennon and Elton John.[2] In addition, she appeared in one of the black-and-white episodes of The Benny Hill Show (appearing as Nanette), performing "Everybody's Singing Like Now" on the 24 February 1971 edition.

Workman toured France in 1973 as an opening act for Johnny Hallyday. She made three albums with Yves Martin touring Africa, Polynesia and Europe before returning to Quebec in 1974 where she recorded several more French albums. Lady Marmalade, Danser Danser, Donne Donne and especially Call Girl (by Luc Plamondon) placed first on the hit parades. Returning to France in 1978, she starred in the Rock Opera Starmania as Sadia. In 1979, she sang backing vocals in the Mahogany Rush song "Sister Change" (Tales of an Unexpected album). In 1980, she made an album Chaude in collaboration with her brother Billy Workman and Luc Plamondon and toured Quebec with the show Du gramophone au laser which recounted the history of the Québécois chanson. In 1990, she returned to Paris to become La Diva in Plamondon-Berger's second rock opera, La Légende de Jimmy, based on the life of James Dean.

In April 2000, Workman was inducted into the Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame. Roots N Blues, another album in English, was released in May 2001. In 2001, she also appeared in a Radio-Canada television series, Rivière-des-Jérémie, and was the hostess for thirteen episodes of Generation 70.

In 2007, she was recognized by the State of Mississippi when Governor Haley Barbour honored her at the opening of The Nanette Workman French (Francophone) House on the Mississippi State University campus.[1] The house accommodates American and French-speaking students from around the world as an upper-classman residence.[5]


She has one son, Jesse (born c. 1987).[6]

Awards and recognitionEdit

Entertainment industry worksEdit

The following is a list of her major entertainment industry works:[4]


  • 1967: Nanette
  • 1967: Je me rétracte
  • 1967: Fleurs d'amour, fleurs d'amitié (with Tony Roman)
  • 1968: Nanette (compilation)
  • 1970: Nanette (first solo English-language album)
  • 1972: Grits And Cornbread - Peter Frampton, Andy Bown, Doris Troy, Lisa Strike, Madeline Bell, Mike Kelly, Bobby Keyes, Jim Price
  • 1976: Lady Marmalade
  • 1976: Nanette Workman (French album)
  • 1976: Nanette Workman (LP with English versions of earlier songs)
  • 1977: Grits and Cornbread
  • 1977: Nanette Workman (French album)
  • 1978: Starmania (with other artists, soundtrack to musical)
  • 1979: Disque d'or
  • 1979: Les Titres d'or de Nanette Workman
  • 1980: Chaude (concept album made with Luc Plamondon)
  • 1983: Nanette Workman
  • 1989: Changement d'adresse
  • 1991: Collection souvenir (CD)
  • 1992: La légende de Jimmy (with other artists: musical soundtrack)
  • 1993: Les Plus Belles Chansons De Starmania (1978 concept cast highlights)
  • 1994: Rock & Romance 1994 (new versions of her hits from the 1970s and 1980s)
  • 1996: Une à une
  • 1998: Best of Nanette Workman
  • 1998: Québec
  • 1999: Love Taker with Peter Frampton
  • 2001: Roots 'n' Blues
  • 2003: Vanilla Blues Cafe
  • 2003: Honky Tonk Woman (compilation)
  • 2005: Mississippi Rolling Stone
  • 2007: Danser Danser (compilation)
  • 2012: Just Gettin' Started No. 42 CAN[7]


Sound tracksEdit

Television seriesEdit

Television moviesEdit


  • 1999 Workman, Nanette: Nanette. Montreal (biographical with photographs)[2]


  1. ^ a b "MSU students say 'bonjour' to campus immersion experience". Mississippi State University. 19 June 2007. Retrieved 3 January 2010.
  2. ^ a b c d "Nanette Workman" The Encyclopedia of Music in Canada. Workman's Biography, Discography, and Bibliography
  3. ^ Herring, Lori (3 March 2002). "Songstress comes back to her roots". The Clarion-Ledger. Jackson, Mississippi. Archived from the original on 2 March 2012. Retrieved 3 January 2010.
  4. ^ a b Mississippi Musicians: Nanette Workman, Biography of Nanette Workman, Mississippi musician who was raised in Jackson but is now a Canadian singing star
  5. ^ "A university-owned four-bedroom residence that now will provide a cultural immersion experience for students taking French courses."
  6. ^ Giguère, Géo (26 December 2007). "Le Temps des fêtes de Nanette Workman". Canoe (in French). Retrieved 3 January 2010.
  7. ^ "CANOE - JAM! Music - SoundScan Charts". Retrieved 11 July 2014.
  8. ^ "Evil Judgment". Retrieved 11 July 2014.

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