Norma Tanega was a camp counsellor in the Catskills when she joined New Voice Records in 1966.  Her first single, ‘Walkin’ My Cat Named Dog’ charted at 22 in the Billboard 100. It was her last major chart success, and the single was sadly consigned to the list of novelty one-hit-wonders.

Though Tanega continued her Folk career, she dedicated much of her time to her long-term relationship with the legendary and brilliant singer, Dusty Springfield.  The couple had an intense relationship during the 1960s and remained life-long friends, until Springfield’s untimely death in 1999.

Tanega moved to England in the 1970s, and signed to RCA.  She eventually returned to America, where she obtained an MFA in Painting and started a career as a teacher.

Though she has performed with the World Music group Hybrid Vigor, it as an artist that Norma Tanega is best known today.

With thanks to Ian Bruce

Advertisements