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Josie Falbo: Taylor Street

Chances are you’ve heard Josie Falbo more often than any other singer on the planet. The Chicago-based chanteuse’s voice has, over the years, been employed to sell Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, Budweiser, Sara Lee, Oscar Mayer and dozens of other name brands the world over. She has also sung behind Celine Dion, Michael Jackson, Earth, Wind & Fire, Michael Bolton and Nancy Wilson.

Falbo’s age is hard to determine. The only clue available online is that she was signed to Vee-Jay (the label that hit it big with the Four Seasons but also produced some of Bill Henderson’s best work) in 1964. That puts Falbo in her 60s today-a remarkable fact given the incredible youthfulness of her voice. She can sound remarkably similar to the young Whitney Houston or Vanessa Williams.

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