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Alma Cogan


Alma Cogan was probably one of the most effective and tragic numbers in British pop music from the ’50s and early ’60s. Her 18 graph hits were an archive for a lady vocalist by the end from the ’50s in Britain, and despite becoming area of the pre-rock & move era, Cogan appeared capable of dealing with the brand new music when her existence was cut brief. The daughter of the haberdasher, Alma Cogan was created in St. John’s Solid wood and informed at St. Joseph’ Convent College. It had been Cogan’s mom who forced her toward a profession as a vocalist and onto the stage. In 1948, at age group 16, she was noticed within the chorus of Large Button Sneakers by EMI personnel maker Walter J. Ridley (also accountable, a decade later on, for putting your signature on Johnny Kidd & the Pirates), who consequently signed her towards the HMV label. For this same period, she began showing up with cabaret in the Cumberland Resort. Cogan started her career performing ballads, but her 1st strike was a novelty melody called “Bell Bottom level Blues” (not really the Derek & the Dominoes track), which surely got to quantity five around the English graphs in 1954. A 12 months later on, she topped the graphs for the very first and only period with “Dreamboat.” She also protected several American strikes, including “The Wild birds as well as the Bees” and “Why Perform Fools Fall in Appreciate,” that was a hint of the number she would present in her afterwards career. With the switch of the ’50s in to the ’60s, she was also the superstar of her very own television system, and she reached the apex of her achievement when Lionel Bart (whom, at one stage, she apparently designed to marry) solid her as Nancy in Oliver! Her name receded from your pop charts relatively in the first ’60s, as more youthful performers such as for example Helen Shapiro became a member of the EMI roster, but Cogan was a fixture like a concert appeal during the 1st half of the 10 years. Through the ’50s, Cogan drawn press attention like a character beyond her performing, for her love of life and on her behalf collection of high-class clothes — it had been stated that she by no means wore exactly the same gown double — and her house was filled up with an extraordinary selection of fashions. From the middle-’60s, she was a lot more celebrated within the gossip columns for the all-night celebrations she threw at her Kensington TRADITIONAL house, where guests included such varied numbers as Stanley Baker, Paul McCartney, Roger Moore, Noël Coward, Ethel Merman, and Lionel Bart, among numerous others. If she was no more a chart-topping celebrity, Cogan was still a much-loved physique to her peers, and continued to be touching the leading edge of the favorite music business, documenting the music of Burt Bacharach when he was still obtaining founded, and befriending McCartney, who must’ve adored producing the acquaintance of EMI’s biggest woman pop celebrity from the time where he was we were young. McCartney added percussion towards the B-side of 1 of her mid-’60s singles, which led to her covering “Eight Times weekly,” in addition to “Last night,” “PERSONALLY I THINK Great,” and “Solution to Trip.” There is no informing where that a friendly relationship might’ve led — Cogan could quickly have already been another, older Cilla Dark, her voice offering as an shop for McCartney tracks that weren’t suitable for the Beatles. If her edition of “Eight Times weekly” — a many startling re-thinking from the tune, transforming it right into a gloriously lyrical torch amount — is certainly any sign, she might’ve completed wonderful, glorious factors with “For NO-ONE,” “Your Mom OUGHT TO KNOW,” and “When I’m Sixty-Four.” Alas, it had been not to end up being. Cogan had simply proved with the capacity of producing the changeover to a far more rocking audio, or at least of embracing some the different parts of the previous few years of adjustments in music, when tragedy struck. In 1966, she was identified as having cancers. She received remedies and planned to keep her career, also writing several tracks (beneath the name “Al Traditional western”) which were documented by other performers. She kept functioning during the season, and an record was designed. Cogan continuing concertizing, even though touring Sweden, she fainted. She was diagnosed as terminally sick, and passed away on Oct 26 of this 12 months inside a London medical center. Her final recording, Alma, premiered early the next 12 months, but Cogan was by no means entirely forgotten. Selections of her music show up through the entire CD period, including a total triple-CD anthology (A-Z of Alma). In 1992, the BBC offered a tv documentary about her existence and career.

Quick Facts

Full Name Alma Cogan
Died October 26, 1966, London, United Kingdom
Profession Singer
Education St Joseph's College, Reading
Nationality British, English
Parents Mark Cohen, Fay Cohen
Siblings Sandra Caron
Awards NME Award for British Female Singer
Music Songs Never Do a Tango With an Eskimo, Eight Days a Week, Twenty Tiny Fingers, Dreamboat, Tennessee Walts, Little Things Mean a Lot, Sugartime, I Can't Tell a Waltz From a Tango, Willie Can, Banjo's Back in Town, Cowboy Jimmy Joe, Hernando's Hideaway, Fly Me to the Moon, Ticket to Ride, If I Had a Golden Umbrella, Last Night on the Back Porch, Whatever Lola Wants, This Ole House, The Birds and the Bees, I Feel Fine, You Me and Us, The Story of My Life, Bell Bottom Blues, Got 'n Idea, Getting' Ready for Freddy, Fly Away Lovers, Meet Me on the Corner, We Got Love, Train of Love, Go on By, In the Middle of the House, Said the Little Moment
Albums I Love to Sing, With You in Mind, Alma Sings with You in Mind / How About Love!, 14 Hits 1950 - 1959, Oliver!, The Essential Collection, On TV, Vol. 1, The Crucial Collection, UK Hits 1961, Vol.1: Linda Lu, 101 Great Hits of the 60´s: The Twist, Life Is Just A Bowl Of Cherries, Fabulous Volume 5, It Can Only Be Alma Cogan, Vol. 4, Alma Cogan. Dreamboat - Her 31 Finest 1953-1956, Make Love To Me, On TV, Vol. 2, Alma, It Can Only Be Alma Cogan, Vol. 1, 101 UK Anthems of 60's: My Kind of Girl, The Voice, I Love to Sing (Remastered 2015) [feat. Frank Cordell & His Orchestra], It Can Only Be Alma Cogan, Vol. 2, Bluebell, The Ultimate Collection, Alma Sings With You In Mind (Expanded Edition), The Girl With The Laugh In Her Voice, The Girl with the Giggle in Her Voice, I Love to Sing - Plus Alma's Hit Parade, Dreamboat, The a-z of Alma, I Love To Sing/With You In Mind, Bell Bottoms, Dreamboats, Tangos & Eskimos, The Best Of The EMI Years, The Magic of Alma Cogan, Best Of Alma (Remastered), The Girl With The Giggle, Unforgettable Alma, The Ultimate Alma Cogan, Fabulous Volume 1, Adore, Looking Back...alma Cogan, Just - Alma Cogan, The More I See You, Anthology: Alma Cogan, Enjoy Your Time, Fabulous Creature, Rarity Music Pop, Vol. 326 (I Love To Sing), Alma Cogan, Songs from 1956, You Belong To Me, The Very Best Of The 50s, Knowing
Nominations NME Award for British Vocal Personality

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1 Sister-in-law of Brian Greene.
2 Friend of Lionel Bart.
3 Sister of actress Sandra Caron.
4 She was a major British recording artist in the 1950s and early 1960s



Ninety Years On 1964 TV Movie Performer
Gran parada 1964 TV Series
Pro of Contra 1963 TV Series Singer
Muziek voor U! 1962 TV Series Singer
The Arthur Haynes Show 1958 TV Series
Fast and Loose 1954-1955 TV Series
And So to Bentley 1954 TV Series
Cocktails in the Kitchen 1954 Singer in Film (voice, uncredited)
Running Wild 1954 TV Series
Dance Hall 1950 Dancer (uncredited)
The Blue Lamp 1950 Bit Part (uncredited)



Call the Midwife 2014-2016 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
The Last Man on the Moon 2014 Documentary performer: "Jolly Good Company"
The Hour 2012 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Dancing with the Stars 2008 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Tohuwabohu 1994 TV Series performer - 1 episode



Musik aus Studio B 1965-1966 TV Series Singer / Herself
Juke Box Jury 1959-1966 TV Series Herself - Panellist
International Cabaret 1966 TV Series Herself
Hör hin, schau zu! 1966 TV Series Herself - Musician
Die Drehscheibe 1965-1966 TV Series Singer / Herself - Musician
Thank Your Lucky Stars 1961-1965 TV Series Herself
Stars and Garters 1965 TV Series Herself - Singer
Ladybirds 1965 TV Series Herself
Comedy Bandbox 1965 TV Series Herself - Guest
Treffpunkt Telebar 1965 TV Series Herself - Singer
The Eamonn Andrews Show 1964 TV Series Herself
Discs a Go-Go 1964 TV Series Herself
Ready, Steady, Go! 1964 TV Series Herself
Billy Cotton Band Show 1958-1964 TV Series Herself / Herself - Singer
Val Parnell's Sunday Night at the London Palladium 1955-1964 TV Series Herself
The Country and Western Show 1963 TV Series Herself - Guest Star
A Swingin' Time 1963 TV Series Herself - Performer
Here Come the Girls 1963 TV Series Herself
The Ken Dodd Show 1963 TV Series Herself
Twist! 1962 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Charlie Chester Music Hall 1962 TV Series Herself
Spectacular 1959-1960 TV Series Herself - Host / Herself - Star
Val Parnell's Startime 1960 TV Series Herself
The Royal Variety Show 1960 TV Movie Herself
Be My Guest 1959 TV Series Herself
Music Shop 1959 TV Series Herself - Performer
Trinder Box 1959 TV Series Herself
Oh Boy! 1959 TV Series Herself
Make Mine Music 1959 TV Series Herself
Find the Singer 1959 TV Series Herself
Crackerjack! 1959 TV Series Herself
Riverside One 1958 TV Series Herself
The Benny Hill Show 1955-1958 TV Series Herself / Musical Guest
The Jack Jackson Show 1956-1958 TV Series Herself - Performer
Record Roundabout 1958 TV Movie Herself
Show Band Parade 1957-1958 TV Series Herself
Off the Record 1955-1958 TV Series Herself / Herself - Performer
The Ted Ray Show 1958 TV Series Herself - Performer
The Saturday Show 1957 TV Series Herself
The Alma Cogan Show 1957 TV Series Herself
The Ed Sullivan Show 1957 TV Series Herself
Call Boy 1957 TV Series Herself
Alan Melville Takes You from A-Z 1956 TV Series Herself
Eric Winstone's Stagecoach 1955 Short Herself
Holiday Hotel 1955 TV Series Herself
Rhyme and Rhythm 1955 TV Series Herself
Twelfth Night Out 1955 TV Movie Herself
The Eric Winstone Bandshow 1955 Short Herself
Garrison Theatre 1954 TV Series Herself

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Me & Arthur Haynes 2011 TV Movie documentary Herself
Legends 2007 TV Series documentary Herself
Timeshift 2005 TV Series documentary Herself
Jukebox Heroes 2001 TV Series documentary Herself
Alma Cogan: The Girl with the Giggle in Her Voice 1991 TV Short documentary Herself
Fan Fever 1956 TV Movie documentary Herself

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