Singers: Two for the Show

Among supper-club songbirds, the Act has become as ritualized as a liturgy, right down to the devotion "to all the wonderful people who made this performance possible." So the audience is exhorted to applaud Mom and manager, composer and choreographer, gag writer and special-material arranger, the second violins and the third husband—just about everyone, in fact, except the plastic surgeon.

Thus the Café Cristal crowd at The Diplomat in Hollywood, Fla., received a refreshing surprise last week when a new singer named Lana Cantrell announced kiddingly, "I wrote all the music, and I made the dress myself." The same club...

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