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Lene Lovich

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Lene Lovich (born Lili-Marlene Premilovich on March 30, 1949) is an American artist of Serbian and British parentage, best known for her and inspired singles such as “Lucky Number” and “New Toy”. Lovich met the guitarist/songwriter Les Chappell, who became her longtime collaborator, when they were teenagers. Born in Detroit, Michigan to a British mother and a Serbian father, her father became mentally unstable, and her mother took her and her three siblings to live in Hull, England.

In late 1968, Chappell and Lovich 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. Expressing a variety of artistic interests, she sought to find the best outlets for her work.

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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