Kenneth Kamal Scott

"Porgy's" son's life on the operatic and theatrical stages

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The Loss of an Icon

Posted on May 12, 2010 at 10:25 PM



Recently we all had to say goodbye to one of the greatest gifts to the world of Art, Miss Lena Horne. To digest her passing for me is a moment of a loss so tremendous; we who have had successful careers know that it was because of men and women of her excellence and bravery. We truly stand on her beautiful shoulders.

My personal moment with Miss Horne was brief but absolutely magical. While I was on tour with The Wiz (National Company) in Los Angeles, Miss Horne attended our show; I was starring as Mr. Wiz at the time. She came to my dressing room and paid me one of the finest compliments I've ever received: that because of my rendition of the song "If You Believe." she was moved to record it. We all remember her film version of this song.


All I can say is:"There'll never be another like her." I'm truly saddened at The Loss of an Icon.

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Reply Michael Sainte-Andress
11:47 AM on September 2, 2011 
Mr. Scott, I saw your performance in the touring company of, "The Wiz," at the National Theatre in Washington, DC in March, l979 with Renee Harris as Dorothy. I had never heard a man sing like you before and I was absolutely mesmerized by your performance and presence. You became an inspiration to me as I began to pursue my own dreams as an artist and entertainer.

That I am communicating with you at this point in my life is extraordinary. I believe things occur in our lives for reasons. Lena Horne was a favorite of mine as well and at a memorial service for her by a group of her fans, I danced the "Tornado Ballet" and sang, "If You Believe."

I never had the pleasure nor joy of actually meeting you, but I am one of the legions of people whose life you've unwittingly touched and in whose memory and heart you will always remain.

May God continue to bless you,

Michael Sainte-Andress