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Dana Gillespie

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“I believe the blues should be sung by an older person because it’s about emotions and experience. I couldn’t do
justice to it when I was younger because my voice didn’t have the edge it needed to convey the emotion, nor did I
have the first hand experience to sing about blue themes convincingly.”

But after 45 years in music and over 60 albums Dana Gillespie is well qualified to sing the blues. A career that combined radio, theatre, film and sport (she was once British junior water-skiing champion) with music, Dana has been in the public eye since recording her first album at the age of 15. Her music has evolved from folk in the 60s through 70s Bowie-esque glam-rock to the raunchy in-your-face blues she performs today.

Dana Gillespie has been dedicated to the blues from an early age: “I discovered the blues when I went to the American Folk Blues Festival in 1962 and also to see the Yardbirds at the Marquee Club. I was in my early teens and hadn’t heard anything like it before - blues wasn’t easily available in the UK back then”. Bessie Smith especially inspired her because of her combination of sly, funny and bawdy lyrics. “Blues was my first musical love because it’s earthy, spiritual and honest.”

In 1964 she recorded for Pye, with Donovan on guitar and became a regular on the folk circuit. She recalls: ” I was doing folk because I couldn’t afford a band and I hadn’t found my musical niche”.In those early years Dana got to know many of the top bands and people in the music business. Most shared her love of blues, and played their own version of it. Bob Dylan who was an old friend of Dana from the 60s

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  • EricValeev

    Where Blue Begins

    20 Apr 2012 Reply
  • EyeDisco33

    BOOBS!

    12 Oct 2011 Reply
  • LevyNagy

    Dana Gillespie has an incredible voice! And her collaboration with Matt Schofield was beneficial for both. He became more famous and her sound got an uplift and got closer to the actual standards of music thanks to Matt's guitar genius. It is a real pleasure to listen to Dana & Matt! :)

    8 Nov 2010 Reply
  • Arehte

    It's great to hear your music again. I had a copy of 'Weren't Born A Man' many years ago but it got lost in a shift and I miss it.

    9 Sep 2010 Reply
  • Lowbacca

    quite a dame

    28 Aug 2010 Reply
  • rabyta

    Hola quiero encontrar en que album esta el tema "thumbi ho mata , thumbi ho pita "...revise todos los que estan en la pagina esta y no lo encuentro.Muchas gracias.Lucia

    14 Mar 2010 Reply
  • lady-arlen

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    9 Jul 2009 Reply
  • theapril-sea

    what a voice!

    11 Dec 2007 Reply

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