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Jacqui Abbott

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Jacqui Abbott (born Jacqueline Abbott, 10 November 1973, St Helens, Lancashire) was the female lead singer with the band, The Beautiful South after 1994, following the departure of Briana Corrigan.

The band were arguably more successful with Abbott on board, releasing several Top 10 singles. Amongst their most successful hits during her stint were: “Rotterdam”, “Perfect 10”, “Don’t Marry Her” and “Dream A Little Dream”. Abbott was discovered by Paul Heaton, the Beautiful South’s other lead singer at a party. He was apparently standing on the stairs talking to some friends, with his drink in his hand when he apparently said: “I heard this heavenly voice”. The voice belonged to Abbott, who was singing along to a Karaoke machine.

Heaton immediately went to find out who he had heard singing. After an audition he offered the position to replace Corrigan and she accepted.

She left the band in 2000, citing musical differences with the group’s main personnel.

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  • danieljparsons

    She's awesome. Was great to see her dueting with Paul Heaton at the Barbican recently. Also, she appears to be getting younger with age. There must be a portrait in an attic somewhere...

    9 Jul 2012 Reply

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