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Cleo Laine

Biography

Using a multi-octave voice much like Betty Carter’s, incredible scatting ability, and simple transition from a throaty whisper to high-pitched trills, Cleo Laine was created in 1927 within the Southall portion of London, the daughter of the Jamaican father and English mom. Her parents delivered her to vocal and dance lessons as an adolescent, but she was 25 when she initial sang professionally, following a effective audition using the big music group led by Johnny Dankworth. Both Laine as well as the music group documented for Esquire, MGM and Pye through the past due ’50s, and by 1958, she was wedded to Dankworth. With Dankworth by her aspect, Laine started her solo profession in earnest using a 1964 record of Shakespeare lyrics established to Dankworth’s agreements, Shakespeare: AND EVERYTHING That Jazz. Laine also obtained renown for the to begin three concert albums documented at New York’s Carnegie Hall, 1973’s Cleo Laine Live! At Carnegie Hall. She also documented two follow-ups (Go back to Carnegie as well as the 10th Wedding anniversary Concert) the last mentioned which in 1983 gained her the very first Grammy prize by way of a Briton. She’s proved a tough stage actress aswell, winning a Movie theater World prize for her function within the Broadway musical The Secret of Edwin Drood, (furthermore to Tony and Theatre Desk nominations aswell). In 1976 she documented a jazz edition of Porgy and Bess with Ray Charles, and in addition documented duets with Wayne Galway and guitarist John Williams. Laine and Dankworth continuing to tour in to the 1990s, and she received maybe her very best honor when she became the very first jazz artist to get the highest name obtainable in the carrying out arts: Dame Commander.

Quick Facts


Full Name Cleo Laine
Profession Actor, Singer
Education Berklee College of Music
Nationality English
Spouse John Dankworth, George Langridge
Children Jacqui Dankworth
Parents Alexander Campbell, Minnie Campbell
Awards Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Female
Music Songs Send in the Clowns, I'm Beginning to See the Light, Sometimes When We Touch, You'll Answer to Me, Let's Slip Away, He Was Beautiful, Fear No More, Born on a Friday, No One Is Alone, A Time for Farewell, How, Where, When, If Music Be the Food of Love, Thieving Boy, My Love Is as a Fever, The Lies of Handsome Men, I've Got It Bad and That Ain't Good, That Old Feeling, O Mistress Mine, It Was a Lover and His Lass, The Compleat Works, Smilin Through, Woman Talk, Feel The Warm, All About Me, Gonna Get Through, You Must Believe in Spring, Streets of London, Early Autumn, Play It Again Sam, Losing My Mind, Skylark, I Can Dream Can't I
Albums Shakespeare and All That Jazz, Cleo Sings Sondheim, Nothing Without You, Cleo at Carnegie: The 10th Anniversary Concert, Blue and Sentimental, Best Friends, Cleo's Choice, Jazz Date, If We Lived On the Top of a Mountain, Let The Music Take You, Spanish Accents, Get Happy, She's The Tops!, A Lover And His Lass, Mad About The Boy, Jazz Date (feat. Tubby Hayes) [Bonus Track Version], I, The Jazz Collection 1955-1962, Happy End, Cindy-Ella (Original Cast Recording), 25 Golden Greats, Original Recordings Collection (A Timeless Selection), Big Jazz Story, Loesser Genius, Love Is Here to Stay, Golden Hits By Cleo Laine, In Retrospect, Valmouth, Façade - An Entertainment (Poems By Dame Edith Sitwell), Old Memories, Hit The Road To Dreamland, Jazz Nostalgia, Once Upon A Time, The Nixa Jazz Recordings (1956-1958): Cleo's Choice, Smilin' Through, All About Me, Bassement Jazz Beats, Vol. 2, Jazz, Collection
Nominations Tony Award for Best Lead Actress in a Musical, Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical, Brit Award for British Female Solo Artist, NME Award for British Female Singer, NME Award for Female Dance Band Vocalist
Movies The Last of the Blonde Bombshells, The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone
TV Shows Not So Much a Programme, More a Way of Life


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#Fact
1 She took her professional name from the character "Clio Dulaine" in Edna Ferber's novel "Saratoga Trunk". Years later she was to star in the 1971 London stage revival of "Show Boat", which is based on another of Ferber's novels.
2 Mother of Jacqui Dankworth and Alec Dankworth.
3 Laine is the only singer ever to have been Grammy-nominated in the popular, classical and jazz categories.
4 She was awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) before she was awarded Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 1997 Queen's Honours List for her services to music.
5 Her sister, Sylvia Laine, died in 1989.
6 Cleo has an older sister, Sylvia Laine, and a younger brother, Alexander Laine. They all appeared in The Thief of Bagdad (1940) as urchins in the Bagdad market.
7 Jazz, scat singer.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Sir John Dankworth at the BBC 2010 TV Movie performer: "Woman Talk", "Unlucky Woman Born On Friday", "Twos Company", "Make Someone Happy", "Crazy Rhythm", "Fine and Mellow"
The Paul O'Grady Show 2007-2009 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
The Last of the Blonde Bombshells 2000 TV Movie performer: "It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing", "Taking a Chance on Love", "When the World Was Young"
The 40th Annual Tony Awards 1986 TV Special performer: "Hello, Young Lovers", "There You Are", "Don't Quit While You're Ahead"
Together 1981 TV Series performer - 25 episodes
Top of the Pops TV Series lyrics - 2 episodes, 1979 performer - 1 episode, 1977
The Muppet Show 1978 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Tony Bennett at the Talk of the Town 1972 TV Mini-Series performer - 1 episode
The Idol 1966 performer: "Empty Arms And Empty Heart"
Scruggs 1965 performer: "Life Is A Wheel"
The Servant 1963 performer: "All Gone"
Kraft Mystery Theater 1961 TV Series performer - 1 episode
A Taste of Honey 1961 performer: "Let's Slip Away" - uncredited
The Third Alibi 1961 performer: "NOW AND THEN"
Concrete Jungle 1960 performer: "Prison Ballad Thieving Boy"
Six-Five Special 1958 performer: "What Am I Going to Tell Them Tonight?"
Blackout 1954 performer: "St. Louis Blues" - uncredited

Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Last of the Blonde Bombshells 2000 TV Movie Gwen
The Three Princes 1968 TV Movie Scheherazade (voice)
Paasparade 1964 TV Movie Singer
The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone 1961 Singer
The Third Alibi 1961 Singer
Blackout 1954 Singer (uncredited)
The Thief of Bagdad 1940 Urchin in Bagdad Market (uncredited)

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
No Strings 1989 TV Series singer - 7 episodes

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 1985 TV Special Herself
Cleo and John 1982 TV Movie documentary Herself
Secombe with Music 1981 TV Series Herself
The Val Doonican Music Show 1980-1981 TV Series Herself
Joyce Grenfell 1910-1979 1980 TV Movie documentary Herself
Song by Song 1980 TV Series Herself - Music Performer
The John Davidson Show 1980 TV Series Herself
Horas doradas 1980 TV Series Herself
The Mike Douglas Show 1972-1979 TV Series Herself - Jazz Performer / Herself - Vocalist / Herself - Jazz Vocalist / ...
Bonkers! 1979 TV Series Herself
Big Night 1978 TV Series Herself / Herself - Guest
The Muppet Show 1978 TV Series Herself - Special Guest Star
The Paul Ryan Show 1977 TV Series Herself
America Salutes the Queen 1977 TV Movie Herself
The Merv Griffin Show 1977 TV Series Herself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1964-1977 TV Series Herself / Herself - Musical Guest
Heart and Soul 1977 TV Movie Herself
Night of 100 Stars 1977 TV Special Herself
Top of the Pops 1977 TV Series Herself
Today 1973-1976 TV Series Herself
The Les Dawson Show 1975 TV Movie Herself
Cotton Club '75 1974 TV Movie Herself
Dinah! 1974 TV Series Herself
BBC Show of the Week 1974 TV Series Herself
This Is Your Life 1971-1974 TV Series documentary Herself
The 27th Annual Tony Awards 1973 TV Special Herself
Parkinson 1972 TV Series Herself
The Dick Cavett Show 1972 TV Series Herself
Tony Bennett at the Talk of the Town 1972 TV Mini-Series Herself - Singer
The David Nixon Show 1972 TV Series Herself - Guest
The David Frost Show 1969-1972 TV Series Herself
The Golden Shot 1971 TV Series Herself - Singer / Herself
Vincent Price Is in the Country 1971 TV Movie Herself
Max 1970 TV Series Herself
Getting Sentimental Over You 1969 TV Movie Herself
This Is Tom Jones 1969 TV Series documentary Herself
Marvelous Party! 1969 TV Movie Herself
Love You Madly: A Salute to Duke Ellington 1969 TV Movie Herself - Vocal
Dee Time 1967 TV Series Herself
Juke Box Jury 1959-1966 TV Series Herself - Panellist
Countdown 1966 TV Series Herself
Thank Your Lucky Stars 1961-1966 TV Series Herself
BBC 3 1966 TV Series Herself
Radio- en TV-bal 1966 TV Movie Herself
The Eamonn Andrews Show 1966 TV Series Herself
Ready, Steady, Go! 1965 TV Series Herself
The New London Palladium Show 1965 TV Series Herself
Five O'Clock Funfair 1965 TV Series Herself
Not So Much a Programme, More a Way of Life 1965 TV Series Herself
That's for Me 1965 TV Series Herself
The Dream Machine 1964 TV Movie documentary Herself
Jazz 625 1964 TV Series Herself
Freedom Road: Songs of Negro Protest 1964 TV Movie Herself - Singer
Hi There! It's Rolf Harris 1964 TV Series Herself
A Swingin' Time 1963 TV Series Herself - Performer
Compact 1963 TV Series Herself - Guest Star
This Is Your Life 1962 TV Series documentary Herself
Kingsley Amis Goes Pop 1962 TV Mini-Series Herself
Val Parnell's Sunday Night at the London Palladium 1961-1962 TV Series Herself
All That Jazz 1962 TV Series Herself - Performer
That Was the Week That Was 1962 TV Series Herself
Parade 1960 TV Series Herself
After Hours 1959 TV Series Herself
Bandstand 1959 TV Series Herself
Panorama 1959 TV Series documentary Herself
The 1959 Show 1959 TV Movie Herself
Six-Five Special 1957-1958 TV Series Herself
Six-Five Special 1958 Herself
Off the Record 1957 TV Series Herself
Monday Melody 1957 TV Series Herself
The Benny Hill Show 1957 TV Series Herself - Musical Guest
VE Day: Remembering Victory 2015 TV Movie documentary Herself - Aged 17 on VE Day
John Ogdon: Living with Genius 2014 TV Movie documentary Herself - Singer
In Confidence 2011 TV Series documentary Herself
Sir John Dankworth at the BBC 2010 TV Movie Herself - Host
Breakfast 2010 TV Series Herself - Singer
The Paul O'Grady Show 2007-2009 TV Series Herself
Johnny Mercer: The Dream's on Me 2009 TV Movie documentary Herself
Loose Women 2008 TV Series Herself
Later... With Jools Holland 2007 TV Series Herself
Legends 2007 TV Series documentary Herself
Sunday AM 2006 TV Series Herself
Victoria Wood: A BAFTA Tribute 2005 TV Movie Herself
Spike Milligan: I Told You I Was Ill... - A Live Tribute 2002 TV Movie Herself - Musician (as Dame Cleo Laine)
I Love Muppets 2002 TV Special Herself
The 11 O'Clock Show 2000 TV Series Herself
Biography 1998 TV Series documentary Herself
Joy to the World 1996 TV Movie Herself
Great Love Songs 1995 TV Movie Herself
Great Performances 1987-1993 TV Series Night Club Singer / Herself
The Grammy Lifetime Achievment Award Show 1987 TV Movie Herself
The 40th Annual Tony Awards 1986 TV Special Herself - Performer & Nominee: Best Leading Actress in a Play

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Many Faces of... 2011 TV Series documentary Gwen
Breakfast 2011 TV Series Herself - Jazz Singer
Kraft Mystery Theater 1961 TV Series Singer

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TitleSalary
The Thief of Bagdad (1940) £2 10/- per day


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#Trademark
1 Pristine diction combined with sultry vocal delivery


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