The death of singer India Adams has been reported. She was 93.

Known for being the voice of Cyd Charisse in The Band Wagon and Joan Crawford in Torch Song, India’s deep, rich tones add so much to songs like “Tenderly” in Torch Song and “A New Sun in the Sky” in Band Wagon.

India was performing in nightclubs well into her 80s and joined up with two other famous dubbers, Annette Warren and Betty Wand  to perform round the country as “Hollywood’s Secret Singing Stars”.
India ‘s singing in these films did not lead to a film career but she did appear on stage in Can Can and Brigadoon.

During her relocation to London during the 1960s, India was Ginger Rogers’  standby in MAME AT Drury Lane.

Back in America, India continued singing in nightclubs and on cruise ships.

In a 1995 interview, India spoke of revealing at one concert that she had sung for Cyd Charisse. Cyd was in the audience but did not come backstage to see India.

India was full of praise for Joan Crawford who sent her a thank you note and said, “I hope that I can do as good an acting job as you did a singing job.”

It was quite a coincidence that India had sung Two Faced  Woman for Cyd Charisse in The Band Wagon, but the number wasn’t used until Torch Song .


India Adams, Joan Crawford.


Note the term ‘Protege’ on the back of this publicity photo. As India said, “They swore you to secrecy.”



With Ginger Rogers at Drury Lane, London,1969.


Betty Wand sang for Leslie Caron in GIGI, and Natalie Wood in WEST SIDE STORY.

Annette Warren sang for Ava Gardner in SHOW BOAT and in several films for Lucille Ball.

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  1. Vienna, a wonderful lovely tribute to India Adams. India was one of the many unsung(no pun intended) talented performers that helped make the Classic Movies that we enjoy. She was among the celebrity panel at the 2012 Turner Classic Movie Festival in Hollywood, discussing “Voice Doubles: They Sang the Songs That Made Movies Famous” and was profiled along with Marni Nixon, Rita Moreno, Darleen Carr, and others in the 2013 BBC documentary SECRET VOICES OF HOLLYWOOD.

    I really enjoyed the photographs of her with Joan Crawford and Ginger Rogers. These and the other photo’s are a delight. Also, here is a 2018 article based on an interview with India, which I enjoyed.


  2. What a shame she didn’t get to play Mame when Ginger was on holiday. Harold Fielding brought in Juliet Prowse who had already played the role in the US. I wonder if India ever got to play the part?

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