Sunday, November 27, 2005

Lulu - Independence

Lulu (real name Marie McDonald McLaughlin Lawrie) was born in Lennoxtown, just outside of Glasgow on November 3rd, 1948. She's had a career spanning five decades, and it would take forever to go through, so here are some of her highlights:

- Her debut single "Shout" (with The Luvvers) reached #7 in May 1964 when she was just 15!
- She starred in the film "To Sir With Love" and singing the theme tune in 1967 (Making #1 in the US)
- She married Maurice Gibb of The bee Gees in 1969 (and divorced him in 1973)
- She won the Eurovision song contest in 1969 with "Boom Bang A Bang" (albeit sharing it with France, the Netherlands and Spain)
- She sang the theme to the bond movie "The Man With The Golden Gun" in 1974
- She reached #1 with Take That on "Relight My Fire" in 1993
- She was awarded an MBE in 2000
- Released the albums "Together" (a Duets album including tracks with Atomic Kitten, Ronan Keating and Samantha Mumba in 2002, "Back On Track" in 2004, and "A Little Soul In Your Heart" in 2005

The track I have chosen, "Independence" was taken from the album of the same name. It had been her first proper release for over 10 years, and the single peaked at #11 in January 1993. It's still a classic after almost 13 years, and is very representative of the dance music around at that time!

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