Petula Clark – Down Town (1965)

LPFrontCover1Born November 15, with “a voice as sweet as chapel bells,” Petula Clark first broke into the limelight during World War II when as a child she entertained the troops, both on radio and in concert. She is said to have performed in over 200 shows for the forces all over England before the age of nine and by war’s end, Petula Clark–the British “Shirley Temple” who had come to represent childhood itself–was so popular in England she was asked to sing at a national victory celebration at Trafalgar Square. In 1944, Petula made her first movie and has since appeared in over 30 British and American films. Born November 15, with “a voice as sweet as chapel bells,” Petula Clark first broke into the limelight during World War II when as a child she entertained the troops, both on radio and in concert. She is said to have performed in over 200 shows for the forces all over England before the age of nine and by war’s end, Petula Clark–the British “Shirley Temple” who had come to represent childhood itself–was so popular in England she was asked to sing at a national victory celebration at Trafalgar Square. In 1944, Petula made her first movie and has since appeared in over 30 British and American films.

PetulaClark1Throughout the forties and fifties Petula was a regular guest on a vast number of radio shows and became something of a television “pioneer” in England, first appearing on experimental TV in the forties and later as host of several of her own television series during the very early years of British programming, with Pet’s Parlour being her longest running and most popular. Although she sang regularly in concert, on radio and TV all through the forties, it wasn’t until 1949 that she recorded her first song Music, Music, Music and that pretty much sums up her very prolific recording career.
She has never stopped recording — 50 plus years and over a 1,000 songs and still counting!  Her first hits were children’s songs like Where Did My Snowman Go (1952) and The Little Shoemaker (1954). To date, she has sold well in excess of 68 million records.
In answer to the rock-and-roll craze of the late fifties, Petula recorded Sailor, Romeo and My Friend The Sea and was back on the charts again. In 1957, she was invited to sing at the famed Olympia theatre in France. After one song the French crowd went wild, and an entirely new career was launched.

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Asked to record in French, Petula declined at first but was quickly persuaded to do so by Frenchman Claude Wolff with whom she fell madly in love – they were married in June 1961. (They have three children, daughters Barbara and Catherine and son Patrick and a granddaughter and grandson.) By the early sixties, Petula found herself reinvented as a French chanteuse, even rivaling the legendary Piaf–during Piaf’s own lifetime. (She is still classified as a “French” singer

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on the shelves in French and French-Canadian record stores.) In addition to her newfound French pop star status, Petula also began to enjoy success with the songs that she had begun to record in German and Italian. By the mid-sixties she’d established herself as superstar throughout Europe with Number One tunes sung in different languages in different countries all across the Continent. (Interesting to note, each of her early European hits were with entirely different songs–a feat not duplicated by any other singer since!)

pictured at the Ideal Home Exhibition 1965.
Urged by her friends in Britain to record something in English, Petula allowed Tony Hatch to visit her in Paris where he presented his new song, Downtown. Petula recorded it and the rest is music history. Downtown skyrocketed to number 1 in the USA, launching Petula’s American career and earning her a Grammy in 1964. She quickly followed with I Know A Place which went to number 3 and earned Petula her second Grammy in 1965. Numerous top 40 hits followed. All told, Pet has had 15 top 40 hits in the USA (two #1 hits). Internationally, Petula Clark has charted in the top 40 somewhere, sometime, with 159 recordings! (in her own words)

And here´s this album with this sensational chart sucess all over the world: Downtown! And this song is of course a milestone in the history of British pop …

I add thsi song in the Frechn, German and Italian version … just for fun.

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Personnel:
Petula Cark (vocals)
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Tracklist:
01. True Love Never Runs Smooth (Bacharach/David) 2.13
02. Baby It’s Me (Anthony) 2.21
03. Now That You’re Gone (Ballay/Newell/Clark) 2.56
04. Tell Me (That It’s Love) (Clark/Bernet/Hatch) 2.33
05. Crying Through A Sleepless Night (Anthony) 2.26
06. In Love (Freed/Lester/Fuqua) 2.34
07. Music (Hatch) 3.10
08. Be Good To Me (Anthony/Clark) 2.04
09. This Is Goodbye (Aber/Anthony/Clark) 2.23
10. Let Me Tell You (Anthony) 2.15
11. You Belong To Me (Price/King/Stewart) 2.41
12. Downtown (Hatch) 3.07
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13. Downtown (German version) 3.05
14. Downtown (French version) 3.14
15. Downtown (Italian version) 3.00

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J. C. Livingstone – Momma Was A Steamroller Lady + Oh La La Me (1973)

FrontCover1Who knows J. C. Livingstone ? I guess only a few people in the wordl.

He recorded in the early 70´s some singles (no LP !) under the direction of Rod McQueen.

Don’t be fooled by the toothy Donny Osmond grin as an evil smirk and darkness lies within… Propelled by savage pounding drums and featuring a nifty slide riff and brash guitars, Momma Was A Steamroller Lady (what a great title) is a real blustering rocker somewhere along the lines of Fortune Teller with a bit of Jumpin’ Jack Flash thrown in for good measure..

Momma was a steamroller lady, sister had a problem or two
Poppa was a freeloading son of a gun who never left money for food
But we were high high high…

This is Glam Rock filtered through 60’s garage Punk and it’s a real classic through and through. (by purepop1uk.blogspot)

Glam Rock / Pop, with those clumping drums and some razzy guitar; not out of the top drawer perhaps, but perfectly acceptable to an enthusiast for the genre such as myself. The ‘B’ loses all the glam and contents itself with being a simple Pop song. (by The Toad)

And sometimes you will hear The Kinks on “Momma Was A Steamroller Lady” !

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Personnel:
J. C. Livingstone (vocals)
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Tracklist:
01. Momma Was A Steamroller Lady (McQueen/Michele) 2.07
02. Oh La La Me ((McQueen) 2.03

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Lonette McKee – Natural Love (1992)

FrontCover1An outstanding actress, Lonette McKee is also an accomplished vocalist and pianist. She sang with the Soul Sisters, who were featured on Jonathan Winters’ television show. But she is much better known for her appearances in such films as “Sparkle,” “Cotton Club,” and “Which Way Is Up.” She recorded briefly for Sussex in 1974, but had little luck. (by Ron Wynn)

Lonette McKee’s debut for film director Spike Lee’s Columbia-distributed 40 Acres and a Mule label picks up where her 1978 Johnny Pate-produced Warner Bros. LP, Words and Music, left off, which isn’t a bad thing at all. Issued on October 6, 1992, Natural Love shows that the singer/songwriter’s muse knows no stylistic bounds. As with her earlier effort, McKee co-writes all of the songs while sharing production credits with Bryant McNeil, Gene Lake Jr., and labelmate Raymond Jones of State of Art.

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The whimsical “Watch the Birds” was the lead single. McKee flirts with hip-hop on “Dream of You.” The lovely acoustic guitar-based ballad “Hiding Away” is a gem and the same form is used for the reflective and wise “Nothing Is As It Seems.” The longing “What About You” could have easily fit on Words and Music. Though she recorded during the ’60s in her native Detroit for Clarence Avant’s Sussex label, it’s on Words and Music and Natural Love that McKee comes into her own. (by Ed Hogan)

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Personnel:
Bilal Bashir (programming)
Alvino Bennett (drums)
Chris Durante (guitar)
Ju Ju House (drums)
Nathaniel T. Hughes (percussion)
Raymond Jones (keyboards, background vocals)
Gene Lake, Jr. (drums, percussion)
Daniel T. Le’melle (saxophone)
Lonette McKee (vocals, keyboards)
Bryant S. McNeil (bass)
Robert E. Palmer (guitar, programming)
Dean Parks (guitar)
Anthony Peterson (guitar)
Charles Q. Rubin (guitar)
Richard Tee (organ)
Nathan Watts (bass)
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strings:
Noel Pointer – Cecelia Hobbs Gardner – Sandra C. Park – Elliot Rosoff – Joyce Hammann – John Pintaville – Louann Montesi – Barry Finclair – Shelia Reinhold – Carol A. Pool – Stanley G. Hunte – Sandra N. Billingslea – Winterton Garvey – Ann Labin – Belinda Whitney Barrett – Cenovia N. Cummins – Jennie Hansen – Alfred Brown – John R. Dexter – Richard Brice – Juliet M. Haffner – Harry Zaratzian – Frederick Zlotkin – Alvin C. McCall – Bruce L. Wang – Erik Freidlander
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background vocals:
Audrey Wheeler – Armstead Christian – Will Downing – Brenda Nelson – Brenda White – Spike Lee, Joie Lee

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Tracklist:
01 Tell Me If This Is Love (McKee) 4.19
02. Watch The Birds (McKee) 4.14
03. Dream Of You (McKee/McNeil) 3.51
04. Sweeter & Sweeter (McKee) 4.31
05. Hiding Away (McNeil/Peterson) 4.08
06. What About You (McKee) 4.42
07. For Your Love (Lake/McNeil(Corbette) 4.08
08. Save This Precious Love (Our Precious Animals) (McKee) 3.24
09. Nothing Is As It Seems (McNeil/Peterson) 5.39
10. Don’t Wake Me Up (If I’m Dreamin’) (McKee) 4.58

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Rosie Vela – Zazu (1986)

FrontCover1Zazu (1986) is the debut (and, to date, only) album released by American model and singer-songwriter Rosie Vela. The album was produced by Gary Katz, best known for his work in that capacity with Steely Dan, and many of the songs feature Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen on keyboards and Walter Becker on guitar. Also noteworthy is that Tony Levin plays Chapman stick on the songs “Tonto” and “Zazu”.

Despite receiving positive reviews and the single “Magic Smile” reaching #29 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart, Zazu was a commercial failure in Vela’s native United States. However it was more successful in Europe, notably in the United Kingdom where it reached #20 on the national albums chart and earned a Silver disc. The single “Magic Smile” was also a UK Top 30 hit. The CD album has been out of print in North America and Europe since the early 1990s but was rereleased in the UK by Cherry Red Records in 2011.

In addition to “Magic Smile”, two other tracks (“Interlude” and “Fool’s Paradise”) were also released as singles.

Vela recorded a second album entitled Sun Across the Altar, but the album remains unreleased. (by wikipedia)

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When fashion model Rosie Vela branched out into singing and songwriting with her debut album Zazu, skeptics suspected that she was just another pretty face who was trying to get by on her looks. But truth be told, Zazu is a solid pop/rock effort that could be described as an interesting combination of Joni Mitchell and Steely Dan. Vela doesn’t have a great voice — her voice is small and thin, but like jazz great Chet Baker, she demonstrates that you don’t have to have a fantastic vocal range to be expressive and deliver a meaningful album.

Favoring a relaxed, cool-toned style of singing, Vela also demonstrates that she’s a talented songwriter — in fact, she wrote most of the songs herself. Mitchell and Steely Dan are obviously major influences, and the strong Steely Dan influence isn’t surprising when you consider that Zazu was produced by Gary Katz (who is best known for his work with that group) and that former Dan members Donald Fagen (keyboards) and Walter Becker (guitar) play on many of the songs. Vela showed a lot of promise on this album, which wasn’t the big seller it should have been. (by Alex Henderson)

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Personnel:
Walter Becker (guitar, synthesizer)
Michael Been (guitar)
Jimmy Bralower (drums, percussion)
Rick Derringer (guitar)
Donald Fagen (synthesizer)
Larry Fast (synthesizer)
Jerry Haslip (bass)
Yogi Horton (drums)
Jim Keltner (drums)
Tony Levin (chapman stick)
Neil Stubenhaus (bass)
Chat Vela (drums)
Rosie Vela (vocals, synthesizer)
Aaron Zigman (synthesizer)
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Joy Askew – Jenny Peters – Rosie Vela

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Tracklist:
01. Fool’s Paradise (Vela) 3.55
02. Magic Smile (Vela) 4.22
03. Interlude (Vela) 4.00
04. Tonto (Vela) 5.33
05. Sunday (Vela) 4.25
06. Taxi (Vela) 3.25
07. 2nd Emotion (Vela/Doddy/Jeb Guthrie/Jock Guthrie) 4.42
08. Boxs (Vela) 3.51
09. Zazu (Vela) 4.41

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This is another item of the great greygoose collection !

Sylvie Vartan – Au Palais Des Congres (1977)

FrontCover1Although actor/pop singer Sylvie Vartan is Bulgarian, she would eventually receive recognition from the French, usually singing entirely in the language of her adopted homeland. Born August 15, 1944, in Iskretz, Bulgaria, Vartan showed great talent for both acting and singing at an early age, resulting in an appearance in the Bulgarian film Under the Yoke in 1950. Two years later (while only ten years old), Vartan and her family relocated to France. 1961 would prove to be an important year for Vartan’s career, as she entered a recording studio for the first time, picked up some TV work, and appeared at the famed Olympia Theater. The early ’60s saw the release of a steady stream of singles, EPs, and albums (such as 1962’s Sylvie), in addition to further appearances in European movies — including A Moonlight in Maubeuge and Just for Fun.
Other impressive accomplishments for Vartan in the early ’60s included recording a pair of songs (“If I Sing” and “Most Beautiful to Go to Dance”) with famed country artists Chet Atkins and Ray Stevens, and playing on the same bill as the Beatles at the Olympia in January of 1964.
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During the mid-’60s, Vartan concentrated on making inroads to the American music market, as she appeared on such TV shows as The Ed Sullivan Show, Hullaballooh, and Shindig, while one of her best singles, “2’35 de Bonheur,” hit the charts in early 1967. Subsequently, Vartan kept on issuing albums and touring at a steady rate right up to the 21st century, as 2001 saw the release of the 14-track career overview L’Essential. (by Greg Prato)
And here´s one of her glamourus Performance from the mid-seventies … and, oh yes … more or less in the disco-style … not really my world … but many fantastic colors, you know.
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Photography by Helmuth Newton
Personnel:
Michel Barrault (trumpet)
Simon van der Cam (guitar)
Marc Chantereau (percussion)
Michel Ciric (violine)
Gilbert Ciuffi (saxophone)
Gérard Daguerre (piano)
Gilbert Dall’Anez (saxophone)
Pierre Defaye (violine)
Daniel Faidherbe (viola)
Christian Guizien (trombone)
André Laidli (trumpet)
Dino Latore (drums)
Pierre Louis (violine)
Alex Perdigon (trombone)
Slim Pezin (guitar)
Tonyo Rubio (bass)
Georges Tapie (piano)
Louis Toesca (trumpet)
Stephan Wiener (viola)
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Catherine Bonnevay – Cora Carnier – Dominique Poulain – Francine Chabot – Martine Latorre

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Tracklist:

01. Ouverture (Kaufman) 3.03
02. C’est Instant Est A Moi (E. Vartan/Mallory) 4.27
03. Petit Rainbow (Summer Love Sensation) (Martin/Coulter/Grillet) 3.41
04. 4  L’Amour C’est Comme Les Bateaux (Popp/Thibaut) 3.32
05. Dieu Merci (Si Sisto) (Covecchio/Chammah/Thibaut) 3.00
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06. Qu’Est-Ce Qui Fait Pleurer Les Blondes (Kongos/Leroy/Delanoé) 1.26
07. Arrete De Rire (Sail On) (Rivat/Warren) 4.31
08. Ne Pars Pas Comme Ca (Don’t Leave Me This Way) (Manilow/Mallory) 4.26
09. Le Temps Du Swing (House Of Swing) (Thibaut/Stonebridge/McGuinness) 5.48
10. Tout Le Bazar (All That Jazz) (Stillman/Carter/Mallory) 7.01
11. Ouverture (Swing) (Kaufman) / Georges (George’s Disco Tango) (Hall/Mallory/Simon´/Billon/Strasser) 5.29
12. La Drole De Fin (Last Tango) (Libert/Rivat/Vincent/Meakin) 3.47
13. 2’35 De Bonheur (Thomas/Renart/Rivat) 2.32
14. Jubilation (Harris/Anka) 3.12
15. Operator (featuring Gary Chapman + Peter Newton) (Spiveri) 4.21
16. Photo (featuring Gary Chapman + Peter Newton) (E.Vartan/Mallory) 5.25
17. Medley (4.13)
17.1. Danse-La, Chante-La (Dibbens/Shepstone/Dessca)
17.2. Irrestistiblement (Aber/Renard)
17.3. Ta Sorcière Bien Aimée (Di Nino/Gouty/Mallory/Billon)
17.4. L’Amour Au Diapason (Renard/Mallory)
17.5. Danse-La, Chante-La (Dibbens/Shepstone/Dessca)
18. Parle-Moi De Ta Vie (Bourtayre/Dessca) 3.28
19. Je Suis Nee Dans Une Valise (E. Vartan/Mallory) 3.15
20. Dancing Star (Vartan/Mallory) 4.58
21. Finale (E. Vartan/Mallory) 2.38

22. Side 1 (uncut) 20.19
23. Side 2 (uncut) 22.10
24. Side 3 (uncut) 20.16
25. Side 4 (uncut) 25.37

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Stephen Michael Schwartz – Same (1974)

FrontCover1Although he is best known as a songwriter for Broadway and Hollywood, Stephen Schwartz, born in 1948, belongs to a generation of tunesmiths who have tended to double as performing artists, and since he has a perfectly acceptable tenor, it’s no surprise that he harbors the desire to step into the spotlight himself.

In 1974 RCA Records released his self-titled debut album.

Stephen Michael Schwartz ‎– featuring Stephen, backed by some of the best studio musicians in the country.
The list is impressive….

The album drew industry attention to Stephen’s talent both as a songwriter and a solid vocal performer. The single, “ROCK ME AWAY”, generated favorable airplay on local FM stations around the country and classified Stephen’s musical genre as “Funk/Soul”.

Given the musical climate at the time and disco’s stronghold on radio play, one song off the album that received the most “buzz” was “GET IT UP FOR LOVE”.

It was just the beginning of a long and fruitful recording career.

It´s a good and dynamic pop album with a great soul touch.

SchwartzLater he become a star for popular music for children:

Stephen’s reputation as a superlative singer-songwriter came into focus as one of the three original members of the award-winning children’s musical group, Parachute Express. Stephen has produced popular music for children and their families for over 30 years. The first group ever to be signed to Walt Disney Records, Parachute Express has enjoyed a long-lasting partnership with San Francisco-based Gymboree Corporation, providing music for their Play & Music Centers throughout the world.

Stephen and Parachute Express, to date, have sold well over a half million CD’s, securing a rarified position in the world of children’s entertainment. With Parachute Express, Stephen co-wrote and produced twelve award-winning albums, receiving numerous prestigious awards including first place in the International Songwriting Festival, the NAPPA Award, the Parents’ Choice Gold Award, the Indie Award and the Toy Industry Association’s Toy of the Year Award.

But this is the start !

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Personnel:
Larry Carlton (guitar)
Wilton Felder (bass)
Ed Greene (drums)
Bobbye Hall (percussion)
Jim Horn (horns)
Jim Keltner (drums)
Michael Omartian (keyboards)
Dean Parks (guitar)
Reinie Press (bass)
Stephen Michael Schwartz (vocals, guitar)
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Tracklist:
01. Easily (Metter) 2.43
02. Rock Me Away (Moore) 3.23
03. Love Me Busybody (Schwartz) 2.28
04. Finest Thoughts (Schwartz) 2.47
05. Long Tail Cat (Holiday) 2.53
06. Doctor’s Daughter (Schwartz)     2:38
07. You Say It’s Me (I Think Maybe It’s You) (Schwartz)    3:01
08. Get It Up For Love (Doheney) 4.06
09. Musical Storm (Schwartz)     2:25
10. I Believe I’m Gonna See You Again (Schwartz) 2.53

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Kiki Dee – I´m Kike Dee (1968)

FrontCover1Pauline Matthews (born 6 March 1947), better known by her stage name Kiki Dee, is an English singer born in Little Horton, Bradford, West Riding of Yorkshire. She was the first white, female, blue-eyed soul singer from the UK to sign with Motown’s Tamla Records.

Dee is best known for her 1974 hit “I’ve Got the Music in Me” and “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”, her 1976 duet with Elton John, which went to Number 1 both in the UK Singles Chart and the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. In 1993 she performed another duet with Elton John for his Duets album, a cover version of Cole Porter’s “True Love”, which reached No. 2 in the UK. During her career, she has released 40 singles, three EPs and 12 albums.

Kiki Dee began singing with a local band in Bradford in the early 1960s. Her recording career began as a session singer. She sang backing vocals for Dusty Springfield, among others, and was well regarded by other singers but did not achieve solo success in the UK for many years. In 1963 Dee released her first single “Early Night”, and recorded her debut album I’m Kiki Dee, which included a series of Phil Spector style tracks and covers for Fontana Records. Her 1966 release “Why Don’t I Run Away From You” (a cover of Tami KikiDee01Lynn’s “I’m Gonna Run Away From You”) was a big hit on Radio London and Radio Caroline, and she sang the B side “Small Town” in her appearance in Dateline Diamonds the same year. Her 1968 release “On a Magic Carpet Ride”, which was originally a B-side, has remained popular with the Northern Soul circuit. Much of her early recorded work for Fontana Records was released on 24 January 2011, on the CD compilation I’m Kiki Dee.

Songwriter Mitch Murray created her stage name and penned her first single, “Early Night”. In the United States she became the first white British artist to be signed by Motown, releasing her first Motown single in 1970.

In the days before BBC Radio 1, Dee was a regular performer of cover versions on BBC Radio, and she starred with a group of session singers in the BBC Two singalong series, One More Time. She also appeared in an early episode of The Benny Hill Show in January 1971, performing the Blood, Sweat and Tears hit, “You’ve Made Me So Very Happy”. Nevertheless, it was only after she signed with Elton John’s label named The Rocket Record Company that she became a household name in the UK. Her first major solo hits were “Amoureuse” (written by Véronique Sanson, with English lyrics by Gary Osborne) (1973) and “I’ve Got the Music in Me” (written by Tobias Stephen Boshell), the latter credited to the Kiki Dee Band (1974). In addition to her burgeoning career as a lead vocalist, she could sometimes be heard singing backing vocals on various Elton John recordings, such as “All the Girls Love Alice” on “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” and various tracks on Rock of the Westies. Her biggest hit came when she recorded a duet with John, “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” in 1976. The single reached No. 1 in both the UK and US, remaining at the top for six weeks in the UK.

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After a quiet period in the late 1970s, Dee launched a comeback in 1981, releasing one of her biggest hits, “Star”, written by Doreen Chanter of the Chanter Sisters. This later became the theme music to the BBC1 programme Opportunity Knocks between 1987 and 1990. Also in 1981, Dee joined forces again with Elton John, recording a cover of the Four Tops’ song “Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever” which was written by Ivy Jo Hunter and Stevie Wonder. Both of these were included on her album Perfect Timing, which became a modest hit on the album chart. In 1983, she supplied backing vocals to Elton John’s album Too Low for Zero. Dee also sang the song “What Can’t Speak Can’t Lie” (1983), composed and recorded by the Japanese jazz fusion group Casiopea, and with lyrics by Gary Osborne.[7][8] In 1985 she performed at Live Aid, reprising “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” with John, and performing backing vocals on the other songs in his set. In 1992, she also contributed backing vocals on John’s The One album, and a year later recorded “True Love” with John for his 1993 Duets album.

KikiDee03Dee released the live album Almost Naked a joint effort between Kiki Dee and Carmelo Luggeri in 1995 followed by the studio albums Where Rivers Meet (1998) and The Walk Of Faith (2005) with musical partner Carmelo Luggeri. In September 2013 Dee and Luggeri released their third studio album A Place Where I Can Go on Spellbound recordings.

Dee’s single “Sidesteppin’ With A Soul Man,” released in October 2013, was her 40th single release.

Dee has also appeared in musical theatre, notably in the lead role in Willy Russell’s West End musical Blood Brothers, in which she took on the role originally played by Barbara Dickson for the 1988 production and recording. She received an Olivier Award nomination in 1989 in the Best Actress in a Musical category.[3] In 1990, she contributed to the last recording studio collaboration between Alan Parsons and Eric Woolfson, on the album Freudiana, performing “You’re On Your Own” and part of “No One Can Love You Better Than Me”.

In 2008, Dee’s first DVD was released. Under The Night Sky was a collaboration with guitarist Carmelo Luggeri, filmed live at the Bray Studios in London; the music was produced by Ted Carfrae. That same year, several albums from her earlier 1970s-1980s Rocket catalogue were re-released by EMI Records, including an expanded edition of Almost Naked with extra tracks, including a cover of Neil Young’s “Heart of Gold” and a new take on “Sugar on the Floor”. Also that year, Demon Records (UK) issued a remastered edition of Perfect Timing, with several bonus tracks including an alternate mix of “Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever.”

Dee had previously starred in Pump Boys and Dinettes in London’s West End, at the Piccadilly Theatre, from 20 September 1984 to 8 June 1985.

Kiki Dee has never married. She lived in California with Davey Johnstone, a guitarist in Elton John’s band at the age of 28. In her late thirties, she was diagnosed with an early stage of uterine cancer. (by wikipedia)

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And this is her first LP … in fact a compilation of her many singles from 1866 and 1967:

Kiki Dee is a star.
I don’t know how old you have to be, how experienced you to be or sometimes how good you have to be, to rate that status, but she is. The strange thing is that we know who is and who isn’t. Not that ‘we’ in show business, but ‘we’ people. The viewers and the listeners. When there is someone out front laying it down we know. A star, I suppose, is just someone who has no qualms about letting us know what it is all about. They put everything into whatever they are doing and it comes across. It comes across. You want to be there with them. On that stage, in that studio, next to them.
Kiki Dee does that when she sings. To me, anyway.
Every time she sings a song she makes it work. There are accomplished artists about who would trade a lot for the depth and sincerity that Kiki finds in everything she does. An emotion exists within her that must make a songwriter go to bed with a pen in his hand. As to whether it is a good thing or not to have a record in the charts? There is a question that has been argued, and will be argued for as long as they exist. No one knows the answer really. The top twenty kills some singers and saves others. But it makes no one. It will certainly never be responsible for shaping the career and future of Kiki Dee. For the charts leave alone the most important item in the book. Talent. And that is what Kiki is about.
How can any booker for any show listen to her sing a number like “Patterns” and not want to get her name at the bottom of a contract immediately defeats me.
Hang on to this album. For in about five years Kiki Dee is going to be one of the most exciting singers this country has ever produced, then this record will be a shared memory – yours and hers, and you will have been in at the beginning. Yes, Kiki Dee is a star. About to move. (written by Simon Dee, taken from the original liner notes)

Listen to this beautiful voice !

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Down at the Old Bull and Bush, 1967

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Tracklist:
01. Excuse Me (Addrissi/Morris) 2.11
02. Sunshine (Jessel) 2.00
03. Patterns (Catana/Cooper) 2.38
04. With A Kiss (Powers/Fischer) 3.02
05. When We Get There (Anka) 2.40
06. Why Don’t I Run Away From You (Berns/Shapiro/Bernstein) 2.39
07. I (Knight/Brown) 2.24
08. We Got Everything Going For Us (Springer/Levine) 2.22
09. I Dig You Baby (Ball/Ellison/Lambert) 2.29
10. Stop And Think (Stirling/Cumming) 2.25
11. Don’t Destroy Me (Levine/Tree) 2.22
12. I’m Going Out (The Same Way I Came In) (Crewe/Knight) 2.46

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US version (called “Patterns”)