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Lynsey de Paul

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Among the initial successful female vocalist/songwriters in Britain, Lynsey de Paul (given birth to Lynsey Rubin) had an illustrious profession. Reaching her top being a vocalist through the 1970s, she have scored with such disco strikes as “Glucose Me,” which reached the quantity five slot in the United kingdom pop graphs; “Won’t Someone Dance beside me,” which received an Ivor Novello Award for Greatest Ballad of 1974; and “VERY CHEAP,” documented with United kingdom vocalist Mike Moran. Between 1972 and 1977, she had written 14 United kingdom Top 40 strikes. Her songs have already been included in Nancy Sinatra, Cheryl Lynn, Heatwave, Bruce Johnston, Vera Lynn, and Shirley Bassey. Furthermore to serving because the designs of nine prime-time United kingdom tv series, de Paul’s tracks have been highlighted in such movies because the Big Rest (the 1978 edition), Hand and hand, and Aces Move Places. Motivated by her ex-boyfriend, Adam Coburn, de Paul transformed her concentrate from music to performing within the ’80s. She made an appearance in the United kingdom version from the American musical Pump Guys and Dinettes, and in the movies The Starlight Ballroom and Gabrielle as well as the Doodleman. Significantly active being a manufacturer, de Paul created three travelogues through the Caribbean for Granada Sky Broadcasting. She also hosted tv shows such as Membership Vegetarian, Shopper’s Heaven, Eat Drink & End up being Healthy, Females of Chemical, The Vinyl fabric Frontier, and several episodes of FAMILY ROOM Legends, which highlighted home movies. She received a Royal Tv Society prize for Eve Hits Back again, her BBC1 documentary on self-defense for females. Known on her behalf sharp love of life, de Paul was known as “Looney de Little” by United kingdom humorist Spike Mulligan. On Oct 1, 2014, she experienced a sudden human brain hemorrhage and passed away later that trip to age 64.

Quick Facts


Full Name Lynsey de Paul
Date Of Birth June 11, 1948
Died October 1, 2014, Southwark, United Kingdom
Height 1.52 m
Profession Actor, Composer, Film producer, Songwriter, Singer-songwriter
Education Hornsey College of Art
Nationality English, British
Parents Herbert Rubin, Meta Rubin
Siblings John de Paul
Music Songs Sugar Me, Rock Bottom, No Honestly, Storm in a Teacup, My Man and Me, Getting a Drag, Ooh I Do, Won't Somebody Dance With Me, Dancing On A Saturday Night, Hug and Squeeze, Sleeping Blue Nights, If I Don't Get You the Next One Will, Sugar Shuffle, Love Bomb, Rhythm and Blue Jean Baby, Hollywood Romance, Just a Little Time, Losin' the Blues for You, Taste Me, Into My Music, Just Visiting, So Good to You, Season to Season, We Got Love, Words Don't Mean a Thing, Tigers and Fireflies, When I’m Alone With You, Before You Go Tonight, Rockerdile, Shoobeedoo Wey Doobee How, Melancholy Melon, Blind Leading the Blind
Albums Taste Me... Don't Waste Me, Love Bomb, Tigers and Fireflies, Before You Go Tonight, Surprise, Just a Little Time, Sugar Me, Greatest Hits, Ten Best, Into My Music, Best of the Seventies
Movies Anita and Me


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#Fact
1 On her death, Sharon Osbourne said "So saddened to hear about the death of Lynsey De Paul today. I spent a lot of the 70s with Lynsey working together and as friends. We moved to La together and had many laughs, good times, drama and tears.".
2 Never married nor had any children.
3 Attendees at her funeral included friends, Suzi Quatro, actor Tom Conti, spouses Pauline Collins and John Alderton, Esther Rantzen, Mike Batt, broadcaster Henry Kelly, BBC Radio presenter Ed Stewart, etc. (Hendon, North London, UK).
4 Since 2013, Lynsey is often an invited guest on The Simon Lederman Show on BBC Radio London where she discusses and comments on the latest news.
5 Lynsey was a special guest of BBC Radio 2 D.J. Ken Bruce for his "Tracks of My Years" spot in March 2013. She chose songs by John Lennon, R. Kelly, Annie Lennox and The Fortunes.
6 The film Side by Side (1975), the theme song for which was written by Lynsey de Paul and Barry Blue was released on DVD in 2013.
7 In 2013, Cherry Red Records released two double CDs containing most of Lynsey's major recording output from the 70's. It includes the hit singles, B-sides and many album tracks and showcases her versatility as a singer-songwriter plus two booklets where Lynsey describes the inspiration for some of her songs and interesting facts and experiences from her career in music.
8 Lynsey's Vintage Love Songs will be transmitted from late February 2011 on Vintage TV [February 2011]
9 Lynsey has been selected as a member of the UK jury for the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest.
10 Received Gold Badge Award of Merit in 2005, presented by BASCA in association with PRS for Music at the Savoy in London, for her contribution to the music industry.
11 Lynsey was one of the 60 celebrities chosen by British quality newspaper "The Independent" to choose her all-time favorite single. She chose "Love Came to Me" by Dion DiMucci(1962) and said "It was a really good pop record of its time. Certain songs have emotional associations in one's life. This was almost a coming of age".
12 Was impersonated by Jackie Wright on The Benny Hill Show (1969)
13 In Patrick McCabe's book "Breakfast on Pluto", about the life of a gender confused Irish teenager in the 1970's, she has a chapter named after her. Another chapter, called "Dancing on a Saturday Night" quotes the lyrics from this well known Lynsey De Paul song.
14 Her former managers have included Don Arden, father of Sharon Osbourne, and Justin de Villeneuve, former manager of Twiggy.
15 She wrote a chapter about her close friend Spike Milligan in the recent book "Spike Milligan: His Part In Our Lives". She tells how she came to know him as well as some memories and anecdotes about this well-known and respected British humorist.
16 Comedian Spike Milligan wrote a song for her in 1987. This is not the first time that she has been the subject of a song - former boyfriend 'Roy Wood' wrote two songs in her honour, "Rock 'n' Roll Winter" and "Why Does Such a Pretty Girl Sing Such Sad Songs" in 1974.
17 She is a celebrity friend of the "Support for Africa" charity, along with Craig David, Russell Watson,John Fashanu, Simon Callow and Uri Geller. The organisation, which has the aim of preventing the spread of AIDS and malaria in Africa is headed by 'Patti Boulaye'.
18 The inspiration for the name of the U.S. group "Love Bomb" came from the Lynsey De Paul song.
19 Royal Television Society Award winner for her BBC TV programme, Eve Strikes Back (1992).
20 Received "Rear of the Year" award in 1985 - accepted this award by thanking the organisers "from the heart of my bottom" (quote).
21 Lynsey was one of the guests appearing on the 10th anniversary episode of Top of the Pops (1964) in 1974.
22 Lynsey was the first woman to ever receive an Ivor Novello Award for Best Ballad or Romantic Song for her composition "Won't Somebody Dance With Me" in 1973. One year later, Lynsey received a second Ivor Novello Award for Best Theme from a Film, Stage, Radio or Televison Production for her song "No Honestly!".
23 Appeared at the London Palladium for successful, one week show with Sacha Distel, Marti Caine and Mike Reid in 1976.
24 Some of Lynsey's earliest songs appear on an album from actor Jack Wild called "Everything's Coming Up Roses".
25 Lynsey was present at Patty Boulaye's charity "Support for Africa 2000." held at Abuja House, home of Nigerian High Commissioner Prince Bola Ajibola. Other guests included Hot Chocolate's Errol Brown and operatic singer Russell Watson.
26 As a continuation to her video Taking Control (1992) and her BBC TV documentary Eve Strikes Back (1992), Lynsey, together with TV producer Claire McCormack wrote a book "Taking Control". The book expands on the advice given in the video about mental and physical self defence and was published by Boxtree in 1993.
27 In 1981 she released a single that was co-written with Sue Shifrin, entitled "Strange Changes".
28 Ms de Paul is credited as the co-writer of the song "Dedicated" that appears on rap artist Buddha Monk's album "The Prophecy". This unlikely coupling came about as a result of "Dedicated" being based on a song, Lynsey wrote called "All I Am", with new text being supplied by Buddha Monk.
29 The sound track to All This and World War II (1976) features her version of The Beatles song "Because" and was also released on the album that accompanied this film. This is the only song written by another artist that Lynsey has recorded (Lynsey prefers to record only her own songs).
30 On her fifth album, "Tigers and Fireflies", released in 1979, there are two tracks co-written with the actor James Coburn ("Melancholy Melon" and "Losin' the Blues for You") who was her partner at the time.


Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hearts of Gold 1992 TV Series composer: theme music
Gabrielle and the Doodleman 1984 music arranger / musician
Lena Zavaroni and Music 1979 TV Series composer - 1 episode
The Rag Trade 1977 TV Series composer: theme music
Hi! Summer 1977 TV Series composer - 7 episodes
Yes, Honestly TV Series composer - 13 episodes, 1977 performer - 13 episodes, 1977
The New Mickey Mouse Club 1977 TV Series songwriter - 1 episode
No, Honestly TV Series composer - 13 episodes, 1974 - 1975 performer - 13 episodes, 1974 - 1975
Pilger 1974 TV Series composer: theme music
The Golden Shot 1967 TV Series composer: theme "Golden Day"

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Cut Snake 2014 performer: "Sugar Me" / writer: "Sugar Me" - as L. De Paul
American Swing 2008 Documentary writer: "Dancing on a Saturday Night"
Monkey Dust 2003 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Anita & Me 2002 writer: "Dancin' on a Saturday Night" - as De Paul
A Song for Eurotrash 1998 TV Movie documentary performer: "Rock Bottom" / writer: "Rock Bottom"
The Benny Hill Show 1988 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Kidd Video 1984 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Lena Zavaroni and Music 1979 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Musikladen TV Series performer - 1 episode, 1978 writer - 1 episode, 1978
The Big Sleep 1978 lyrics: "Won't Somebody Dance With Me" / music: "Won't Somebody Dance With Me"
The Muppet Show 1977 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Starparade TV Series performer - 1 episode, 1977 writer - 1 episode, 1977
The Eurovision Song Contest 1977 TV Special performer: "Rock Bottom" / writer: "Rock Bottom"
Top of the Pops 1977 TV Series performer - 3 episodes
All This and World War II 1976 Documentary performer: "Because"
Side by Side 1975 writer: "Side By Side"
Der Kommissar TV Series performer - 1 episode, 1973 writer - 1 episode, 1973
The Two Ronnies TV Series performer - 1 episode, 1972 writer - 1 episode, 1972

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Gabrielle and the Doodleman 1984
Mad Mission 3: Our Man from Bond Street 1984
The Olympian Way 1981 TV Series 6 episodes
Pilger 1974-1977 TV Series 16 episodes
A Divorce 1976 TV Movie
Taking Control: Simple Mental & Physical Self Defence for Women 2006 Documentary
The Grimleys 1997 TV Movie
Taking Control 1992 Video
The Benny Hill Show 1988 TV Series 1 episode

Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Kingdom 2007 TV Series Sheila
Taking Control 1992 Video
Gabrielle and the Doodleman 1984 Miss Moneyfairy / Dandini
The Starlight Ballroom 1983 TV Movie Carol
Cooper 1975 TV Series

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Taking Control: Simple Mental & Physical Self Defence for Women 2006 Documentary producer
Eve Strikes Back 1992 TV Series documentary associate producer
Taking Control 1992 Video co-producer

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Taking Control: Simple Mental & Physical Self Defence for Women 2006 Documentary

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Taking Control: Simple Mental & Physical Self Defence for Women 2006 Documentary

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
In Conversation with Lynsey de Paul 2012 Documentary Herself
Cash in the Celebrity Attic 2009 TV Series Herself
An Audience with Neil Diamond 2008 TV Movie Herself - Audience Member (uncredited)
Come Dine with Me 2008 TV Series Herself
Breakfast 2007 TV Series Herself
The Wright Stuff 2007 TV Series Herself - Panelist / Herself
Taking Control: Simple Mental & Physical Self Defence for Women 2006 Documentary Herself - Presenter
Crumpet! A Very British Sex Symbol 2005 TV Movie documentary Herself
I Told You I Was Ill: The Life and Legacy of Spike Milligan 2005 Documentary Herself
That Was the Week We Watched 2004 TV Series documentary Herself
Hudson & Halls 2002 TV Series Herself
God Save the Queen: the Soundtrack to the Summer of '77 2002 TV Movie documentary Herself
Fame, Set and Match 2002 TV Series documentary Herself
Through the Keyhole 1998-2002 TV Series Herself
Child Stars 2002 TV Movie Herself
Turning Points 2001 TV Series Herself
Battersea Dogs Home 2000 TV Series documentary Herself
I Love 1970's 2000 TV Series documentary Herself
This Is Your Life 1995-2000 TV Series documentary Herself
Women of Substance 1998 TV Series Presenter
A Word in Your Ear 1998 TV Series Herself
Europigeon 1998 TV Movie Herself
Light Lunch 1997 TV Series Herself
Brass Eye 1997 TV Series Herself
Noel's Telly Years 1996 TV Series Herself
Without Walls 1995 TV Series documentary Herself
Bygones 1994 TV Series Herself - Guest Panellist
Eve Strikes Back 1992 TV Series documentary Herself - Presenter
Blankety Blank 1982-1990 TV Series Herself
Sky Star Search 1989 TV Series Herself - Judge
New Faces 1986-1988 TV Series Herself - Judge / Herself (judge)
You Bet! 1988 TV Series Herself
Starshot 1987 TV Series Herself
The Home Service 1987 TV Series Herself
Call My Bluff 1983-1987 TV Series Herself / Herself - Panelist
Television and Number 10 1986 TV Movie documentary Herself
3-2-1 1985 TV Series Herself
Pebble Mill at One 1985 TV Series Herself - Singing
Punchlines! 1984 TV Series Herself
Saturday Night Affairs 1984 TV Series Herself
An Audience with Joan Rivers 1984 TV Movie Herself - Audience Member
Rod and Emu's Saturday Special 1984 TV Series Herself
Just to Be Sociable 1984 Documentary Herself
Crackerjack! 1977-1983 TV Series Herself - Guest
Top Secret 1983 TV Series Herself - Panelist
Entertainment Express 1983 TV Series Herself
Whose Baby? 1983 TV Series Herself - Panelist
Ladybirds 1983 TV Series Herself
Summer Exhibition 1983 TV Movie documentary Herself
What Price Music? 1983 Documentary short Herself
On Safari 1982 TV Series Herself
That's Life! 1977-1982 TV Series documentary Herself - Singing / Herself
Give Us a Clue 1979-1981 TV Series Herself - Guest
Pop Quiz 1981 TV Series Herself
Razzamatazz 1981 TV Series Herself
WWF Club 1981 TV Series Herself
Play It Again 1980 TV Series Herself
Star Games 1980 TV Series Herself
Quick on the Draw 1978 TV Series Herself - Panelist
Des O'Connor Tonight 1977 TV Series Herself - Singing
Dawson and Friends 1977 TV Series Herself - Guest
Starparade 1977 TV Series Herself
The Eurovision Song Contest 1977 TV Special Herself - United Kingdom Entry: 2nd Place
The Val Doonican Music Show 1977 TV Series Herself
Top of the Pops 1972-1977 TV Series Herself
Get It Together 1977 TV Series Herself
Am laufenden Band 1977 TV Series Herself
Scene 1976 TV Series Herself - Panelist
The Sweepstakes Game 1976 TV Series Herself - Panellist
Arrows 1976 TV Series Herself - Guest
Saturday Night at the Mill 1976 TV Series Herself
Piano Party 1976 TV Series Herself
Fun Food Factory 1976 TV Series Herself
The Musical Time Machine 1975 TV Series Herself
The Vera Lynn Show 1975 TV Series Herself - Singing
Shang-a-Lang 1975 TV Series Herself
Jim'll Fix It 1975 TV Series Herself
The David Nixon Show 1974-1975 TV Series Herself / Herself - Guest
In Concert 1975 TV Series Herself - Singing
The Russell Harty Show 1975 TV Series Herself
Treffpunkte 1975 TV Series documentary Herself
The Old Grey Whistle Test 1975 TV Series Herself
45 1974 TV Series Herself
The Golden Shot 1974 TV Series Herself
London Bridge 1974 TV Series Herself
The Tommy Cooper Hour 1974 TV Series Herself - Guest
Sez Les 1973-1974 TV Series Herself
The Jack Jones Show 1974 TV Series Herself - Singing
Lift Off 1973 TV Series Herself - Singing
Top à... 1973 TV Series Herself
Glamour... 1973 TV Series Herself
Hey Brian! 1973 TV Series Herself
Musikladen 1972 TV Series Herself
The Two Ronnies 1972 TV Series Herself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Top of the Pops: The Story of 1977 2012 TV Movie documentary Herself (uncredited)
Top of the Pops 2 2001 TV Series Herself
Heroes of Magic 2000 TV Special documentary Herself
Musikladen 1978 TV Series Herself

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#Trademark
1 Beauty spot above her lip, right hand side of her face
2 Large blue eyes and long beautiful blonde hair


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