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Lorraine Silver

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British singer Lorraine Silver issued just two singles – neither of which was a hit at the time – but she later found popularity on the northern soul scene when her pounding Lost summer love was rediscovered.

She was born in London in 1952 and raised in west London.

In 1965, at the age of 13, she recorded a version of Brian Hyland’s Sealed with a kiss in a booth in a branch of Woolworth’s on Oxford Street, central London. She took the disc to Pye Records – home of such stars as Sandie Shaw and Petula Clark – and asked that somebody listen to it.

Two months later she was offered an audition with the label and given a contract.

The search began for a song for her to record. It was decided that she should cut a cover of an American hit. The Marvelettes’ I’ll keep holding on was lined up for her but it was switched at the last minute for a Shelley Fabares song, Lost summer love. The original was a ballad but Lorraine’s version cranked up the speed and gave it a very British stompy sound. Another Fabares cover, I know you’ll be there, was picked for the B-side.
Issued at the end of 1965, Lost summer love received a decent amount of airplay and Lorraine was all set for an appearance on the top TV programme Ready steady go! when the Overlanders – who had the same agent as Lorraine – were given the spot instead. Their Michelle became a big hit, while Lost summer love disappeared. It later became a regular spin on the northern soul dance circuit.

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  • Kilgal

    I wish there were more of her songs available on here to listen to.

    22 Jan 2008 Reply

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