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Barbara Dickson


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Barbara Dickson is a Scottish singer, best known for her stage and concert performances.

Dickson was born in Dunfermline. Her singing career started in folk clubs around her native Fife in the sixties, exposing her to a rich combination of traditional and contemporary music. In the early seventies, she sang at a Liverpool folk club run by a young student teacher called Willy Russell. He showed Barbara the first draft of what would later become the award winning musical, ‘John, Paul, George, Ringo….and Bert’ and asked her to perform the music. The combination of fine writing, a superb cast of young unknowns, (including Antony Sher, Bernard Hill and Trevor Eve), and Barbara’s idiosyncratic interpretation of Beatles songs made the show hugely successful.

The show’s co-producer, Robert Stigwood, signed Barbara to his record label, RSO Records, where she recorded the album ‘Answer Me’, the title track becoming a top ten hit in 1976. This led to her guest residency on the much-loved series ‘The Two Ronnies’, which brought Barbara’s singing to the attention of more than 10 million BBC viewers every week.

Also impressed by Barbara’s performance were Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, who invited her to record ‘Another Suitcase in Another Hall’ from the new musical ‘Evita’, which became her second hit in 1977.


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  • FunkyLad

    my all time favourite female scottish singer

    15 Dec 2008 Reply
  • Laineljus

    Happy birthday, Barbara!

    27 Sep 2008 Reply
  • rightmoment

    One of the truly great British female singers. She possesses a voice of great power and beauty and is an accomplished musician, songwriter, and a live act of the first rank. She has a devoted fan base who hang on her every note! Dickson emerged from the great folk revival of the late 60s and folk music has influenced virtually everything she's ever done (except January February!!) Over the last five years she has turned her back on show tunes and pop to return to traditional music - her recent work with Troy Donockley has been impressive and the resulting albums some of the best of her long and distinguished career. Its time the Dunfermline diva was made a Dame.

    15 Jul 2008 Reply
  • Lisa-Lotta

    She is a great singer!

    21 Oct 2007 Reply
  • KB Bigsky

    Let's wish Barbara a very Happy 60th birthday... 27th Sept :)

    27 Sep 2007 Reply
  • LarkCGN

    Great singer, I love her too.

    17 Jul 2007 Reply
  • Tr1xx

    Yeah.... you're right. BTW, I Love Answer Me

    10 Jul 2007 Reply

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