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Pauline Black


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(1979 – present)

Pauline Black (born 23 October 1953) is a British singer and actress, most notable as the lead singer of Ska / 2 Tone outfit The Selecter founded in 1979 in Coventry, UK. After the band split in 1982, Black developed an acting career in television and theatre, appearing in dramas such as The Vice, The Bill, Hearts and Minds and 2000 Acres of Sky. She won the 1991 Time Out award for Best Actress, for her portrayal of Billie Holiday in the play All or Nothing At All. She also starred next to Christopher Lee in the horror film, The Funny Man.

As lead singer with legendary 2 Tone group The Selecter and enjoyed a string of hits in the early ‘80’S, gaining two gold discs, to mark 100,000 sales of the albums ‘Too Much Pressure’ and ‘Dance Craze’. The critically acclaimed album ‘Celebrate The Bullet’ followed. In 1982 she left The Selecter (the band split up soon after), gained her Equity card and diversified into theatre, TV and film acting, TV and radio presentation and writing. She also won the ‘Manchester Evening News Best Actress Award’ 1993 for ‘From The Mississippi Delta’ by Dr. Endesha Mae Holland.

The Selecter re-formed in 1991, with a different line-up and regularly toured in U.S.A, Europe and Japan and recorded new material. But Neol Davies was no longer in this line-up after a year. Post 1993, Arthur ‘Gaps’ Hendrickson, the original singer of Too Much Pressure, performed with this line-up occasionally. They released several new albums, toured around the world and even toured with No Doubt in 1997 in the US. Pauline Black continued to record and perform as The Selecter up until 2006.


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  • YControl755

    Pauline is releasing a new solo album soon called "Pigment of My Imagination"! You can hear two new tracks on her MySpace page.

    10 Jul 2009 Reply
  • PrisRoux

    NEW PAULINE BLACK PIC UPLOADED, and it's beautiful! Check out to see if it deserves your THUMBS UP! ; ) Cheers.

    20 Jan 2009 Reply
  • smokybear

    Catch her live with 3 men and Black - Selecter, Stiff Little Fingers, Alarm, Clash acoustic set - Absolutely mind blowing

    27 Nov 2008 Reply
  • SERENITY2167

    Will try to see you on tour, Keep Busy!.

    26 Aug 2007 Reply

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