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Lene Lovich

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Lili-Marlene Premilovich, better known as Lene Lovich (March 30, 1949) is an American singer of Serbian and British parentage.

Lovich was born in Detroit, Michigan to a British mother and a Serbian father, but after her father became mentally unstable her mother took her and her three siblings to live in Hull, England. Lovich met the guitarist/songwriter Les Chappell, who became her longtime collaborator, when they were teenagers. In the Autumn of 1968, they went to London, England to attend art school. It was there that Lovich first tied her hair into the plaits that later became a visual trademark, though at first she did it to keep her hair out of the clay when studying sculpture.

Over the following decade, Lovich attended several art schools, busked around the London Underground and appeared in cabaret clubs as an “Oriental” dancer. She also travelled to Spain, where she visited Salvador Dalí in his home. She played acoustic rock music around London, sang in the mass choir of a show called Quintessence at the Royal Albert Hall, played a soldier in Arthur Brown’s show, worked as a “go-go” dancer with the Radio One Roadshow, toured Italy with a West Indian soul band, and played saxophone for Bob Flag’s Balloon and Banana Band and for an all-girl cabaret trio, The Sensations.

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