Queen for Tonight


Miss Helen Shapiro sings our new theme song.


15 comments:

  1. OMG That dress! That HAIRDO! I am in heaven.

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  2. Love this! More than her though -the bored expressions of the people in the background is priceless -they're so "wow, she's so not white like us"...awful! It WAS A different time ;-)

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    1. It's like they came to the producers of To Sir with Love and asked "Can we borrow this set and cast for the next fifteen minutes? Thanks."

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  3. I love her voice.
    The resonance from that hair lacquer is amazing!

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  4. I can't believe I have never heard of her. And at one time the Beatles were her opening act. She is worthy of further exploration, so reminiscent of Connie Francis in Where the Boys Are...

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    1. She was indeed billed at one time, I believe, as "Britain's answer" to Miss Francis and remained a favourite singer on the nightclub circuit for years. [Another interesting fact: Marc Bolan was once her guitarist.] Jx

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    2. CWilson284 is absolutely correct ! One of the books I have on the Beatles has a photo of Helen (complete with the huge hair-helmet we see above) with the Beatles, which always made me wonder just HOW she was involved with them .. thanks for posting this.

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    3. And here she is with 3 out of 4 Beatles. Paul's missing - what can it mean?

      http://youtu.be/lx87XHTtFPA

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  5. That little bit of music they're playing for her walk on is her big hit, "Walking Back to Happiness." There's a charming little British film from 1982 called Experience Preferred... But Not Essential, in which you can see how influential Miss Shapiro was for two women working summer seaside jobs in the early 1960s. (Their frocks are the Marks & Spencer versions of what Miss Shapiro is wearing in this clip.)

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  6. My goal in life is to have underscoring (unrelated to my upcoming number) just to cover the applause after my introduction!!! BTW-Her voice was so much lower than I was expecting. Loved the various comments above, too!

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  7. I would say that everyone of those boys in the background knew those words by heart!

    BrianB

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    1. Jon, please check out the Dorothy Squires post when you have the chance. I'm certain you'd have something to add to it!

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    2. I finally caught up with it, my dear - splendid stuff! (among a run of British showbiz icons at the Redundant Variety Hour, it seems...) Jx

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