Alma Cogan


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


1948 16 Years Old …  This led to her appearing regularly on the BBC's radio show Gently Bentley and then becoming the vocalist for Take It From Here, a British radio comedy programme broadcast by the BBC between 1948 and 1960.


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


1963 31 Years Old 1 More Event
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. … Read More
1964 32 Years Old But after Lennon actually met Cogan on the TV pop show Ready Steady Go in 1964, they became close friends, so much so that Cogan's sister Sandra later claimed that the pair had a serious romance that had to be kept secret because of Alma's family's strict Jewish faith. … 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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