Sunday, November 3, 2013

November 3: Lulu from "to Sir With Love" is 65-years-old today.

Born Marie McDonald McLaughlin Lawrie in Lennoxtown, East Dunbartonshire, is a Scottish singer-songwriter, actress, and television personality who has been in the entertainment industry since the 1960s.

She is best known in the US for the film theme "To Sir, with Love" and in the UK for her first hit "Shout."
Lulu was signed to Decca Records and at the age of fifteen her version of The Isley Brothers' "Shout," delivered in a raucous but mature voice, reached the UK charts.
In 1966 Lulu toured Poland with The Hollies, the first British female singer to appear live behind the Iron Curtain. In the same year she recorded two German language tracks, "Wenn du da bist" and "So fing es an" for the Decca Germany label.

In 1967 she made her debut film To Sir, with Love, starring Sidney Poitier. She had a major hit with the title song, with "To Sir, with Love" sold over a million copies and awarded a gold disc. In the meantime she continued her thriving pop career in the UK and had several television series of her own.

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HIGHLY Recommended (Press album covers for direct links to Amazon):
From Crayons to Perfume: Best ofThe Complete Mickie Most Recordings: To Sir With LoveShout: Complete Decca Recordings Together

Now known as Lulu Kennedy-Cairns, in 2000 she was awarded an OBE by Queen Elizabeth. Her 2002 autobiography was called I Don't Want to Fight after the hit song she and her brother wrote with hit songwriter Steve DuBerry for Tina Turner, a song that Lulu herself released in 2003 as part of her The Greatest Hits album.

Her 2002 gold album Together was a collection of duets with Elton John and Paul McCartney among others. On a high profile TV special for ITV, "An Audience With Lulu," Lulu reunited with her first husband Maurice Gibb for a live performance of "First of May." Maurice died soon after.

In early 2010, Lulu performed the theme "The Word Is Love" to the movie Oy Vey! My Son Is Gay!!


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