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Dame Cleo Laine, Lady Dankworth DBE, (born Clementina Dinah Campbell on October 28, 1927 in Middlesex, England) is a jazz singer and an actor, noted for her scat singing.
She is the only person to have received Grammy nominations in the jazz, popular and classical music awards.
Laine was born in a London suburb to a Jamaican father and English mother who sent her to singing and dancing lessons at an early age. She did not take up singing seriously until her mid-twenties, however. She auditioned successfully for a band led by musician John Dankworth, with which she performed until 1958, when she and Dankworth married.

She then began her career as a singer and actress. She played the lead in a new play at London’s famous Royal Court Theatre, home of the new wave of playwrights of the 1950s: Harold Pinter and the like. This led to other stage performances such as the musical Valmouth in 1959, the play A Time to Laugh (with Robert Morley and Ruth Gordon) in 1962, and eventually to her show stopping Julie in the Wendy Toye production of Showboat at the Adelphi Theatre in London in 1971.
During this period she had two major recording successes. You’ll Answer to Me reached the British Top 10 while Laine was ‘prima donna’ in the 1961 Edinburgh Festival production of Kurt Weill’s opera/ballet The Seven Deadly Sins. In 1964 her Shakespeare and All that Jazz album with Dankworth received widespread critical acclaim, and to this day remains an important milestone in her identification with the more unusual aspects of a singer’s repertoire.


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  • agacinco

    Well, share then :)

    16 Jan 2014 Reply
  • 1969SL

    How come her completely obscure cover of J.Taylor is the most popular song here? I have 40 of her albums and there is much,much more than "Night Owl" - Shakespeare, Sondheim, Porgy & Bess, Showboat, Valmouth, Carnegie Hall... one amazing, classy artist.

    3 Apr 2012 Reply
  • trishbell

    I like her...never even heard of her before..might sound good on my internet show Sunday mornings...10am - 1pm PST

    28 May 2010 Reply
  • n69n

    ♥♥♥ CLEO LAINE!!!!! ♥♥♥

    29 Jun 2009 Reply
  • spikedabulldog

    This is a great country album that I stumbled across while listening to all the Cleo Laine tracks I could find. It must be mis-listed as Cleo's since it seems to belong to Patti Page. Cleo is one of my favorite jazz singers with grammy nominations not only for jazz, but also for classical and pop. She probably could have done a great job on country tunes as well. Too bad more listeners aren't aware of her talent.

    11 Apr 2009 Reply
  • xp8bud

    one of the most gifted performers of our generation. she is incredible to see live ,she fills the room with her real warmth and love of song. i truly love her. there are not many artist out there i cansay that about. she is a treasure.

    2 Jan 2009 Reply
  • LondonLouis

    She is a very decent talent.

    24 Dec 2008 Reply
  • abovebelowH2O

    Hi does anyone know if and where I could get hold of Cleo Laine “Feel the warm” on CD? Many thanks.

    16 Oct 2008 Reply
  • UnsungBlues

    Anyone else appreciate the song 'Now that I love you alone' from the film The Servant. Is it available on CD?

    5 Aug 2008 Reply
  • n69n

    i just want to say how much i love Cleo Laine! besides her beautiful voice, her singing has so much warmth, kindness, humor & personality. i think she's a wonderful person & artist!

    18 Dec 2007 Reply

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