Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Lynsey de Paul
Known for her sharp sense of humour, de Paul was labelled "Looney de Small" by her friend Spike Milligan. She was a patron of the Spike Milligan Statue Memorial Fund and present for the unveiling of the statute in his honour in September 2014.
More DetailsHide DetailsDuring the 1990s de Paul bought a Victorian mansion in North London. She named it "Moot Grange", an anagram of "No Mortgage", after also considering "Gnome Groat" and also "No Meat/Grog", the latter because she was vegetarian and teetotal. De Paul was a long-time campaigner for animal rights and shared the house with a three-legged cat called Tripod.
One of her last public appearances was as a trustee and guest at the unveiling of the Spike Milligan statue at Avenue House in Finchley on 4 September 2014.
More DetailsHide DetailsIn 2015, PRS for Music established an annual Lynsey De Paul prize for emerging female singer-songwriters in honour of the singer-songrwriter. The 2015 winner of the prize was Emma McGrath, who was presented with the award at an event celebrating the life of Lynsey De Paul, hosted by Esther Rantzen. The second Lynsey De Paul prize was presented to Elsa Hewitt in September 2016.
Two double CD anthologies of de Paul's songs from the 1970s including previously unreleased tracks, entitled Sugar and Beyond and Into My Music, were released in March 2013 on the Cherry Red/RPM record label.
On 15 September 2012, de Paul, together with Noddy Holder, co-hosted the Marc Bolan 35th anniversary concert, a special charity event for the PRS for Music Members Benevolent Fund held at the O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire featuring Marc Almond, Boy George, Tony Visconti, Steve Harley, Alvin Stardust, Linda Lewis, Sandie Shaw, Glen Matlock, Mike Lindup, Andy Ellison and the Marc Bolan tribute band, Danielz and T.Rextasy.
More DetailsHide DetailsOne week later, Lynsey appeared in the play "Hollywood Love" playing the role of the American actress and one of America's best-known gossip columnists Hedda Hopper, together with actor Jeff Stewart (Reg Hollis from "The Bill") who played the actor Gareth Hughes who was her friend.
She was a member of the UK jury for the Eurovision Song Contest 2012.
Aled Jones interviewed de Paul on his Good Morning Sunday programme on BBC Radio 2 on 29 April 2012.
More DetailsHide DetailsHe asked her about her life, career and religious beliefs as well as what inspired her. Lynsey attended the 2012 Ivor Novello Awards held at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London, on 17 May 2012.
In February 2012, Vintage TV broadcast three episodes where de Paul interviewed the songwriters Gilbert O'Sullivan, Mike Batt and Howard Jones.
In 1994, Lynsey released her first album in 15 years entitled "Just A Little Time" that featured newly recorded and released songs, notably "Words Don't Mean a Thing" and "We Got Love (Lynsey de Paul)", as well as reworked and updated versions of many of her classic hits plus two club mixes of "Sugar Me" and "Getting A Drag".
More DetailsHide DetailsThis was a CD only release on the Music DeLuxe label. That year, she also released a single There's No Place Like London, her version of the song she had written for Shirley Bassey, featuring an all star cast that included Frankie Vaughan, Patti Boulaye, Gareth Hunt, Kenny Lynch, Rula Lenska, Gwen Taylor, Lionel Blair, Lorraine Chase, Pam St Clements, Harry Fowler, Polly James, Larry Adler, Rose Marie, Victor Spinetti, Gordon Kaye and the St Joan of Arc School Choir and credited to Lynsey & Friends.
Lynsey's song "Martian Man" was featured on a CD single "The Milkman" by the Julianne Regan fronted group Mice in 1996. Julianne is a long time fan of Ms De Paul and sought her approval to record the song. The single made it to the lower reaches of the UK single chart.
She returned to the public spotlight in a different role in 1992 when she released a self-defence video for women called Taking Control.
More DetailsHide DetailsLord Mackenzie, former president of the Police Association, endorsed it by saying: "It is a very positive contribution to crime prevention and the protection of women and I will be recommending it". She also presented a documentary about women's self-defence, called Eve Fights Back, which won a Royal Television Society award.
In 1985, she was awarded the Rear of the Year title for which she thanked the organisers "from the heart of my bottom".
More DetailsHide DetailsShe was also a judge on the television talent show New Faces and a regular panelist on "Call My Bluff" and "Blankety Blank". She hosted television shows such as Club Vegetarian, Shopper's Heaven, Eat Drink & Be Healthy, Women of Substance, The Vinyl Frontier and 15 episodes of Living Room Legends, which featured home videos.
De Paul also composed jingles for radio stations including Capital Radio. In 1983, she appeared at the Conservative Party conference, where she sang a song she had composed especially for the occasion: "Vote Tory, Tory, Tory/For election glory".
In 1983, De Paul orchestrated, played, and produced two classical records of compositions by Handel and Bach for Deutsche Grammophon and released "Air on a Heart String" backed with "Arrival of the Queen" with panflautist Horea Crishan.
More DetailsHide DetailsShe also played Cinderella, with Joanna Lumley playing Prince Charming, in an all-star cast for the Prince's Trust at the Bobath centre. Lynsey also composed and performed songs for children. This included work for the Channel Tunnel Group, which involved writing and producing an album of children's songs with an accompanying song colouring book for Eurotunnel's mascot, entitled Marcus The Mole, as well as film music for the children's film Gabrielle and the Doodleman, where she had a starring role as an actress.
She also continued to compose TV themes, including for BBC's 1981 comedy series "The Olympian Way". and in 1988 the long running Esther Rantzen programme, Hearts of Gold.
As well as releasing a further single "You Give Me Those Feelings" in August 1977, De Paul also wrote and performed the theme music for the revival by London Weekend Television of the sitcom, The Rag Trade (1977); the same year she composed "Hi Summer", the title of another ITV variety show, performed by Carl Wayne.
More DetailsHide DetailsIn addition to songs composed by her serving as the themes of nine prime time UK television series, de Paul's songs have been featured in such films as The Big Sleep, Anita and Me, Side by Side, Aces Go Places and Cut Snake. Most recently, her original recording of her song "Won't Somebody Dance With Me" featured on a playlist of songs that director Nicolas Winding Refn circulated to the cast and crew of his film "The Neon Demon" to get them into the right mood for filming.
After a three-year period in California in the late 1970s and early 1980s with her partner at the time, actor James Coburn, de Paul returned to England. Although she only released one self composed solo single Strange Changes in the 1980s, she co-wrote with Terry Britten "A Little TLC", which was covered by Sam Hui and awarded an RTHK Top 10 Gold Songs Award in Hong Kong in 1986. Other versions of this song were recorded by Menudo, with lead vocals by Ricky Martin as well as Japanese soul singer Marlene (as a track on her album "Looking for Love") and also featured in the US children's television programme, Kidd Video. She later released her own version of the song on her website music store. Whilst writing songs for artists as diverse as Shirley Bassey (There's No Place Like London), funk/soul band Heatwave, Marti Webb (both recording the song "All I Am") and the Real Thing (We Got Love (Lynsey de Paul song)), de Paul also branched out into record production, acting in musicals and plays, interviewing and TV presentation, drawing cartoons and also self-defence.
Beach Boys member, Bruce Johnston, released his version of the De Paul classic, "Won't Somebody Dance With Me" on his 1977 solo album "Going Public.
More DetailsHide DetailsThe song was also featured in the 1978 film The BIg Sleep (1978), a remake of the Hollywood Classic featuring Robert Mitchum, Joan Collins, Edward Fox, John Mills and directed by Michael Winner. The character Mona Grant, played by Diana Quick, actually sings the song. "Won't Somebody Dance With Me" was also featured in The Muppet Show, sung by Gonzo (Season Two, Episode 41 with Julie Andrews) as well as in "The New Mickey Mouse Club" performed by Lisa Whelchel.
"Rock Bottom", which she wrote with Mike Moran, was the UK entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1977 and released on Polydor.
More DetailsHide DetailsAs she later explained, as well as being an honour, this was a way to circumvent the legal wrangles that were preventing her from signing to a new record label. Although it came second in the Eurovision Song Contest, it became a Top 20 hit in many European countries including France, Germany, Austria and Switzerland, where it reached the top of their singles chart. It was the 15th best selling single of 1977 in Switzerland and the 32nd best selling single in Germany.
Together with Moran, de Paul subsequently wrote other songs, such as "Let Your Body Go Downtown" (1977), a No. 38 UK hit for the Martyn Ford Orchestra; and the follow-up "Going to a Disco", as well as "Without You", and "Now and Then", which appeared on the albums Tigers and Fireflies and Just a Little Time, respectively.
In April 1976, she appeared with Sacha Distel and Marti Caine at the London Palladium and later that year she was the recipient of the 'Woman of the Year Award For Music' from the Variety Club of Great Britain.
More DetailsHide DetailsManagement problems with Don Arden, however, made this a difficult time for de Paul and her third album for Jet Records Before You Go Tonight was shelved as the two parted ways. Nevertheless, that year she recorded the only cover song of her recording career, the Lennon/MacCartney song "Because" that appeared on the soundtrack to the movie All This and World War II. The ethereal song appeared on a double album released in 1976 to tie in with the film. The album charted in the U.S.A. and the U.K. and has recently been re-released as The Beatles and World War II on CD.
Her third album "Love Bomb (Lynsey de Paul album) was released on Jet Records in 1975.
More DetailsHide DetailsWhereas the title track was released as a single in most territories, in the U.S. and Japan the track "Sugar Shuffle" was released as a single. Later, in 1984 Japanese singer Asami Kobayashi released a cover version of 'Sugar Shuffle" on her album "Cryptograph".
After appointing Don Arden her new manager at the end of 1973, de Paul released "Ooh I Do" in May 1974, which hit the charts in the UK, Netherlands and Japan.
More DetailsHide DetailsThe song's co-writer, Barry Blue, also recorded a version of the song as an album track with different lyrics for the verses.
A second Ivor Novello Award followed a year later for "No Honestly", which was also the theme tune to a hit ITV comedy No, Honestly, and provided her with another UK Top 10 hit. The B-side to this single was de Paul's version of "Central Park Arrest", the song she had written for Thunderthighs which provided them with a top 30 UK hit single a few months earlier. The TV series No Honestly was followed by Yes Honestly, and although Georgie Fame wrote and performed the theme tune to the first series of Yes Honestly, an instrumental version of de Paul's "No Honestly" was chosen as the theme for the second series. "No Honestly" was the first release on the newly formed Jet Records, established by Don Arden. She also wrote the second single that was released on the Jet label, a song called "My One and Only" by U.K. female singing trio Bones. Her second album 'Taste Me... Don't Waste Me" was the first album release on Jet Records and this was her personal favourite of all her albums. De Paul continued to release a number of singles through the mid1970s, including the UK hit "My Man and Me", which she performed an acoustic version of on The Old Grey Whistle Test, "Love Bomb" and "If I Don't Get You The Next One Will"
In 1973, when Mick Ralphs left Mott the Hoople, his replacement Luther Grosvenor was contractually obliged to change his name – de Paul suggested Ariel Bender.
In March 1973, Lynsey released her first album "Surprise (Lynsey de Paul album)" on the MAM label.
More DetailsHide DetailsLater that year, after her third single released on the MAM label "All Night" which was co-written with Ron Roker, failed to chart in the U.K., de Paul returned to the UK Top 20 with "Won't Somebody Dance With Me", which was also a hit in Ireland and the Netherlands. For the ballad she received an Ivor Novello Award, the first woman to gain the award. The BBC Radio 1 disc jockey Ed Stewart spoke the words "May I Have The Pleasure of This Dance" near the end of the record (he often played the record on his Junior Choice programme on Saturday mornings) although Tony Blackburn and Dave Lee Travis spoke these words when she appeared on BBC Television's Top of the Pops.
De Paul recorded the female lyric to Mott the Hoople's album track version of "Roll Away the Stone", but the female trio Thunderthighs appeared on the hit single version of the song.
Her breakthrough came early in 1972 as the co-writer (with Ron Roker) of the Fortunes' Top 10 UK hit "Storm in a Teacup".
More DetailsHide DetailsDe Paul performed the song the same year on the BBC's The Two Ronnies. She was credited as 'L. Rubin' on the record. Around this time, she also had chart success in Holland as the writer of "On the Ride (You Do It Once, You Do It Twice)", a Top 30 hit by the Continental Uptight Band and also "When You've Gotta Go", an Australian chart hit recorded and released by Solomon King,, both songs also crediting her as L. Rubin. Other notable songs from this period included Papa Do which was released by Barry Green as a single as well as "Crossword Puzzle", also co-penned with Barry Green that lead to an appearance on Top of the Pops for Irish singer Dana aka Dana Rosemary Scallon. Lynsey's own versions of both of these two songs would later be found as tracks on her debut album "Surprise (Lynsey de Paul album)".
After these initial successes, she was contracted to ATV-Kirshner music publishing, located above the Peter Robinson's store on Oxford Street, where she joined a group of professional songwriters that included Barry Blue (at that time known as Barry Green) and Ron Roker, resulting in revenues from songs recorded by other artists from 1971.
Three of her earliest songs were co-written with Don Gould and recorded by Oliver! performer Jack Wild: "Takin' It Easy" and "Bring It On Back to Me" from the album Everything's Coming Up Roses, which was released in 1971.
More DetailsHide DetailsAnother song co-penned by her, this time with Edward Adamberry, called "E.O.I.O.", was recorded by Wild as a track on his 1972 album A Beautiful World, and also released as a single by The Beads.
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