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Lulu (born Marie McDonald McLaughlin Lawrie, 03.11.1948) Lulu is a Scottish singer.

Childhood: Lulu grew up in Dennistoun, Glasgow. Her father was a butcher and a heavy drinker and she has said that her parents used to argue a lot when she was a child and have physical fights. She attended Thomson Street Primary School and Onslow Drive Junior School. She began singing at a very young age and even had a manager by the age of 12 or 13 who had her appear with a band called Bellrocks every Saturday night.

Musical career: Lulu signed to Decca Records when she was 15 under the management of Marion Massey. Her debut single in 1964 was a cover of the The Isley Brothers' 'Shout' with backing group The Luvvers and reached UK charts. In 1966, she toured Poland with The Hollies and she recorded tracks 'Wenn du da bist' and 'So fing es an' for the German Decca label. She signed with Columbia to launch a solo career and hit UK charts again with 'The Boat That I Row' in 1967. In 1969, she performed her song 'Boom Bang-a-Bang' on the Eurovision Song Contest and subsequently won.

The song reached number two on the UK chart. In the same year she released her album 'New Routes' on Atlantic's Atco label. In 1970, she released album 'Melody Fair' with single 'Oh Me Oh My (I'm a Fool for You Baby)' which was later covered by Aretha Franklin. In 1974, she recorded the theme song for James Bond movie 'The Man with the Golden Gun'. She also covered David Bowie's 'The Man Who Sold the World' which hit the UK chart at number 3. In 1981, she made a US chart return with 'I Could Never Miss You (More Than I Do)'.

The following year she was nominated for a Grammy for her song 'Who's Foolin' Who'. Lulu has had hits on various labels including Decca, Columbia, Atco, Polydor, Chelsea, Alfa, Jive, Dome, RCA, Mercury and Universal. She has been associated with GTO, Atlantic, Globe, EMI, Concept, Lifestyle, Utopia, Rocket and Epic. In 1993, she released her album 'Independence' and all four singles from the record became UK chart hits. In the same year she featured on Take That's cover of 'Relight My Fire' which reached number one and she subsequently embarked on their 1994 tour with them.

In 2002, she released her gold certified album 'Together' which included duets with Elton John and Paul McCartney. In 2004, she released album 'Back on Track' followed by a 40th anniversary UK tour. In 2007, she released a 2 CD set of Atco recordings from 1969 to 1972 featuring some previously unreleased material. In 2009, she announced that she would be touring with Chaka Khan and Anastacia in a UK tour entitled 'Here Come the Girls'.

Other Career ventures: Lulu released her autobiography 'I Don't Want To Fight' in 2002. In 1967, she appeared in her first movie 'To Sir, with Love' and also sung the title song which reached number one in US. In 1968, she landed her own show which was titled 'Lulu's Back In Town', 'Happening For Lulu', 'Lulu' and 'It's Lulu'. Jimi Hendrix made a famous appearance in one episode by starting to play 'Sunshine of Your Love' despite it not being arranged. He continued playing even when the studio director signalled him to leave the stage.

In 1975, she hosted the BBC's 'A Song for Europe' which sought the next artist to appear on the Eurovision Song Contest. In 1972, she appeared in the pantomime Peter Pan at the Palace Theatre in Manchester and the following year made an appearance on the Morecambe and Wise Show. In the 80s she had a long running show on Capital Radio station and she also appeared in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Song and Dance and the Royal National Theatre's Guys and Dolls.

The show subsequently left her with damaged vocal chords that required surgery. In 1987, she played Adrian Mole's mother. During the 90s she made two appearances on the French and Saunders comedy show 'Absolutely Fabulous' as herself. She later reprised the role in the 2012 return. She appeared in 'Whatever Happened to Harold Smith?' with Stephen Fry as well as reality show 'Just the Two of Us' as a judge. She became a mentor for season 6 of 'American Idol' in 2007. In 2010, she hosted the TV series 'Rewind the 60s'. In 2011, she competed on 'Strictly Come Dancing' with dance partner Brendan Cole.

Personal life: In 1967 she had a brief romance with Davy Jones of The Monkees which she later described as 'innocent'. In 1969 she married Maurice Gibb of the Bee Gees but divorced in 1973 due to career commitments and his heavy drinking. In 1974, she had a brief affair with David Bowie after covering two of his hits. In the 70s, Lulu developed an interest in Siddha Yoga. In 1977, she married hairdresser John Frieda and had one son, Jordan, before divorcing in 1991.

In 1979 she nearly died in a car accident that hospitalised her for a week. Her mother died of cancer leaving her father behind who then passed away in 1998. By 2000 she had changed her name to Lulu Kennedy-Cairns - her late mother's maiden name and she was then honoured with an OBE. Lulu supported Margaret Thatcher during her elections.



Biography by Contactmusic.com

Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie Trailer


Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie reunites the pairing of Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley on screen in this new comedy film that has been adapted from the television series Absolutely Fabulous. The film sees the characters of Edina and Patsy continuing to live their lavish London lifestyle partying and drinking until at one party they find themselves involved in a major incident involving the model Kate Moss. This leaves the pair being pursued by the paparazzi relentlessly and caught up in a media storm that surrounds this scandal.

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Lulu - Lulu performs live at Manchester Academy at Manchester Academy - Manchester, United Kingdom - Saturday 26th March 2016

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Lulu - Lulu outside ITV Studios - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 24th February 2016

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Lulu To Honour David Bowie On Tour With 'The Man Who Sold The World'


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Scottish star Lulu is set to mark her own tribute to David Bowie with a rendition of 'The Man Who Sold The World' during her UK Spring 2016 tour. The 'Shout' hitmaker became hugely popular for her cover version of the track back in 1974, so it's only appropriate that she revisit it more than 40 years later.

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Bowie originally produced the cover track, which he released himself as a single in 1970, alongside his faithful production partner Mick Ronson and subsequently took Lulu back towards the top of the charts at number three for the first time since 1969's 'Boom Bang-a-Bang'.

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Lulu - Lulu arrives at the BBC Radio 2 studios - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 2nd December 2015

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Lulu - Lulu arrives at the BBC Radio 2 studios - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 2nd December 2015

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Absolutely EVERYTHING You Need To Know About ‘Ab Fab: The Movie’


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Sweetie darling! Filming for The Absolutely Fabulous Movie is underway in the south of France and the first image from the film was released earlier this week. In case you’ve been hitting the Bolly hard recently, here’s a reminder of everything you need to know about the upcoming movie.

Absolutely Fabulous MovieJoanna Lumley and Jennifer Saunders in the first image from the Ab Fab movie.

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Lulu - Lulu pictured arriving at the Radio 2 studio at BBC Western House - London, United Kingdom - Friday 7th August 2015

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Lulu To Play Her First Solo Tour In Over 10 Years, With Dates Starting In May 2015

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Lulu To Play Her First Solo Tour In Over 10 Years, With Dates Starting In May 2015

Sir Elton John Awarded First Brits Icon Award


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There's a new award in town, one that honours those musicians who have made the greatest, most lasting contribution to music in the modern era; the Brits Icon Award. The first ever Icon to be handed out was done so during a spectacular and star-studded show at London's Palladium Theatre, during which the first honouree of the coveted award played a hit-filled set to his adoring peers. That person; Sir Elton John.

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Sir Elton became the first honouree of the new award

The gala concert, his first since undergoing surgery for appendicitis earlier this year, saw Elton presented the award by his friend Rod Stewart in front of a celebrity-filled audience that also included Liz Hurley, Lulu, former-President Bill Clinton, Ringo Starr, Gary Barlow and many more. The singing icon received a standing ovation as he took to the stage to collect his award, having been introduced by Stewart, who cheekily referred to the man of the hour as "the second-best rock singer ever."

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Whatever Happened To Harold Smith? Review


Very Good
This strange and compelling Brit-flick has two disparate tales that surprisingly intersect when the father (Harold Smith) of one boy manages to stop the pacemakers of three elderly audience members during his attempt at mentally stopping the watches in the crowd. Whoops. In his defense is a scientist he refutes such mental powers, and his daughter and the Smith boy turn out to be semi-secret lovers. Well-acted and full of droll humor, and worth a look if you can find it for rent or on cable. Unfortunately, it has perhaps the worst movie title I've ever heard (and it makes me not want to see it again, just thinking about that title!)... except, of course, for this movie.

Whatever Happened To Harold Smith? Review


Very Good
This strange and compelling Brit-flick has two disparate tales that surprisingly intersect when the father (Harold Smith) of one boy manages to stop the pacemakers of three elderly audience members during his attempt at mentally stopping the watches in the crowd. Whoops. In his defense is a scientist he refutes such mental powers, and his daughter and the Smith boy turn out to be semi-secret lovers. Well-acted and full of droll humor, and worth a look if you can find it for rent or on cable. Unfortunately, it has perhaps the worst movie title I've ever heard (and it makes me not want to see it again, just thinking about that title!)... except, of course, for this movie.
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Date of birth

3rd November, 1948

Occupation

Musician

Sex

Female

Height

1.55


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Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie Trailer

Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie Trailer

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