YouTube Treasure: Little Lena Zavaroni’s Volcanic Singing


Scottish child singer Lena Zavaroni was a ’70s talk show regular who belted songs out of the park like a pint-sized Ethel Merman. With pitch-perfect musicality unfettered by any shred of self-consciousness, Lena barreled onstage and pitched her notes to the balcony, creating a seismic shift in the room with her tumultuous talent. Here she warbles “Ma! He’s Makin’ Eyes at Me” on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, who’s suitably awestruck. Sadly, Lena battled anorexia for years and died at 35 in 1999—but her voice remains large.