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Alma Cogan


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Alma Cogan was Britain’s most successful female recording artist of the 1950’s. Born in London in 1932, her early recordings were mainly ballads, in the style of Anne Shelton. But by 1954, this was to all change. Her first major hit was “Bell Bottom Blues”, and she scored her only number one in Britain with “Dreamboat” in 1956. Novelty songs were extremely popular at the time, and Alma recorded a number of these, including “I Can’t Tell A Waltz From A Tango”, “Twenty Tiny Fingers” and “Never Do A Tango With An Eskimo”. She was known for the giggle in her voice when she sang and was affectinaltely known as The Girl With A Laugh In Her Voice. Her extravagant dresses were also a trademark. Her final UK hit was “Cowboy Jimmy Joe” in 1961, but was fast becoming an International Artist, with hits in Sweden, Germany, Israel and Japan - she had a number one hit in Japan with “Just Couldn’t Resist Her With Her Pocket Transistor” which was at the top spot for over six months. As the novelty numbers were fast becoming old-fashioned by the start of the 1960s, she recorded a number of jazz standards and pop records, including five songs written by the Beatles - these recordings can be found on a number of CDs. Famed for her showbiz parties, with guests like Cary Grant, Noel Coward and the Beatles, she was never out of the public eye until ovarian cancer tragically cut her career short. She died on the 26th October 1966, aged just 34.


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  • Unnamed_Girl

    Waltz of Paree. <3

    20 Apr 2011 Reply
  • Thorneycroft37

    Brilliant artist

    5 Jul 2010 Reply
  • tuankazzan

    I love her giggle voice.

    29 Jan 2010 Reply
  • cpmcornwall

    was a great shame she left us so young a beutyfull girl

    16 Mar 2009 Reply
  • LondonLouis

    Check her out on Tennessee Waltz and When I fall in Love. You can compare her with her US counterparts, and she more than holds her own. Just because she sang a lot of rubbish (which gave her hits) should not disguise the fact that this was a talented lady who died before she could build a reputation as a "serious" artist.

    8 Mar 2009 Reply
  • LondonLouis

    I just want to second the views of 1969SL: Alma was a very decent talent coming up in a musical culture (British pop music in the early 1950s) which was totally second rate. She had a voice along the lines of Brenda Lee and Connie Francis, but (from my memory) had to make do with second-rate material. I seem to remember that the Beatles rated her, and I suspect the problem with her is that she died relatively young, and never had the chance to demonstrate that she could cut it with more mature music. I seem to remember a BBC4 musical biography of her, and I was impressed. Everything she sang, she sang well. In her context, she was good.

    8 Mar 2009 Reply
  • 1969SL

    The biggest UK female pop star of 1950s - died at 34 from cancer - remembered as being ultra-glamourous and elegant in her time (even Queen Elizabeth was impressed with her dresses) and slowly through the time other pop stars overshadowed her memory,today hardly remembered except for faithfull audience from her time or curious listeners like me.Besides obvious bubble-gum hits (cheerful,Doris Day-like happy ditties),she also recorded several LP albums with swing/ballads standards and who knows how her career would developed (probably big spectacular TV shows and such) if not for early death. Very attractive lady,I don't understand insensitive remarks here - we are talking about entertainer from 1950s and fashion from that time - perhaps you should hear her voice and think about what you are saying.

    3 Mar 2009 Reply
  • chickrocksteady

    haha yes she is nt pretty

    22 Dec 2008 Reply
  • the_flava

    **looks like john travolta in a dress

    5 Sep 2008 Reply
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  • Keith_fm

    that was so funny.....

    26 Dec 2007 Reply
  • pgrabowski

    When is she releasing a new album? -- I'm afraid not soon, she's dead since 1966

    9 Dec 2007 Reply
  • alongwaltz

    When is she releasing a new album?

    26 Jul 2007 Reply
  • parsiroxnot

    Beautiful woman with such a wonderful voice.

    20 May 2007 Reply
  • happinesinmiles

    Dreamboat's addictive... ^^

    23 Jan 2007 Reply

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