Wonder Woman's Alter Ego Lynda Carter Sings at the Catalina Jazz Club Tonight and Tomorrow
To millions of people, there is only one Wonder Woman: Lynda Carter, who played the iconic role from 1975-79 on TV. No one could better wear those kick-ass red boots, handle the lasso of truth and beat up bad guys without messing up the always perfect coiffure. Now more than three-decades later, Carter, 58, is enjoying a second career. No, not attending superhero conventions full-time, but as a jazz singer, singing classic torch songs and standards. She’s in the middle of a three-night stand at the Catalina Jazz Club in Hollywood, where she’s being backed by a six-piece band and three singers. This gig is a warm-up to later stops at hallowed venues such as New York’s Lincoln Center and the Kennedy Center in D.C.
In her live shows, Carter draws from material on her 2009 CD At Last, where she “re-imagines” recognizable songs like Sam Cooke’s “You Send Me,” The Supremes’ “Where Did Our Love Go” and James Taylor’s “Secret of Life.” There are a few lesser known works thrown in there for good measure.
“Re-imagining songs and rethinking music is very appealing to me,” she said during a short phone interview on her way to rehearsal earlier this week. She pointed out the old Helen Humes juke joint “Million Dollar Secret” on her CD as an example of putting her own little humorous stamp on it. “It’s a sexist song, but I re-imagined the lyrics for a little role reversal. [In my version] the female is more in control.”
In the song, Carter turns a verse on its head, singing about a young girl waking up the old sugar daddy to give her the old “morning exercise.” (It was the other way around in the 1950 song, and we like Carter’s lyric better.)