Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Lulu, Redhead of the Week?

Lulu Kennedy-Cairns, best known by her stage name Lulu, is a Scottish singer-songwriter, best known for her worldwide hit "To Sir, with Love" back in the 1960s.

Yes, I know we're reaching. If anybody has any redheads worthy of nomination, please.....

Lulu grew up in Glasgow, where she attended Thomson Street primary school and Whitehill Senior Secondary School. Taken under the wing of Marion Massey, she became famous at the age of fifteen with her version of The Isley Brothers "Shout," delivered in a raucous and mature voice.

In 1966, Lulu toured Poland with the British rock and roll band The Hollies, making her 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. All of Lulu's Decca recordings were made available in 2009 on a 2-CD entitled Shout!, issued on RPM Records.

She left Decca after failing to place any singles on the chart in 1966 and signed with Columbia to be produced by Mickie Most who also hired Jimmy Page to play guitar on a few sessions. All of the 7 singles she cut and released with Most made the UK chart.

From 30 June to 2 July 1967, Lulu appeared on The Monkees tour at the Empire Pool, Wembley. Rumours of a romance and indeed an engagement with Davy Jones of The Monkees were rife, but it was a complete media fabrication, created by Jones himself, apparently with her tacit approval.

Thanks to Wikipedia and Lulu

1 comment:

BwcaBrownie said...

... and (after the BeeGee) she married a hairdressing mogul.

Some thoughts on red hair and Scotland and the current fuss in Australia over a TV ad dissing Rangas* at this link to Sceptic Lawyer.

* rangas, slang, red-headed person, diminutive of orangutang, a species threatened in Sumatra by evil Indonesian logging corruption.