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Alma Cogan

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Alma Cogan was an English singer of traditional pop music in the 1950s and early 1960s. Dubbed "The Girl With the Laugh/Giggle/Chuckle In Her Voice", she was the highest paid British female entertainer of her era. Throughout the mid-1950s, she was the most consistently successful female singer in the UK.… Read More

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CHILDHOOD

1932 Birth She was born Alma Angela Cohen on 19 May 1932 in Whitechapel, London, of Russian-Romanian Jewish descent. … Read More

TEENAGE

1949 17 Years Old In 1949, she became resident singer at the Cumberland Hotel, where she was spotted by Walter Ridley of HMV, who became her coach. … Read More

TWENTIES

1953 21 Years Old In 1953, while recording "If I Had a Golden Umbrella", she broke into a giggle, and then played up the effect on later recordings. … Read More
1954 22 Years Old Many of her recordings would be covers of U.S. hits, especially those recorded by Rosemary Clooney, Teresa Brewer, Georgia Gibbs, Joni James and Dinah Shore. One of these covers, "Bell Bottom Blues" became her first hit, reaching No. 4 on 3 April 1954. … Read More
1956 24 Years Old The skirts seemed to be so wide – I don't know where they hung them up!" Cogan topped the annual NME reader's poll as "Outstanding British Female Singer" four times between 1956 and 1960. … Read More

THIRTIES

1963 31 Years Old She was especially disappointed that her 1963 cover of the Exciters' US hit "Tell Him" did not return her to the UK charts, according to singer Eddie Grassham.
1964 32 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1964 Tennessee Waltz was recorded in a rock and roll ballad style by Cogan; this version was No. 1 in Sweden for five weeks and also reached the Top 20 in Denmark while a German language rendering reached No. 10 in Germany. … Read More
1965 33 Years Old Cogan tried to update her image by recording some Beatles numbers and a spin-off from The Man from U.N.C.L.E. ("Love Ya Illya"). But by 1965, record producers were becoming dissatisfied with Cogan's work, and it was clear that her health was failing. … Read More
1966 34 Years Old 1 More Event
In early 1966, Cogan embarked on a series of club dates in the north of England, but collapsed after two performances and had to be treated for stomach cancer. … Read More
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