Helen Terry

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Helen Terry
Born (1956-05-25) 25 May 1956 (age 57)
Genres Pop, rock
Years active 1982–1989
Labels Virgin, Parlophone
Associated acts Culture Club

Helen Terry (born 25 May 1956) is a British singer, known for her backing vocal work with Culture Club. As a solo performer, she scored a Top 40 hit single in 1984 with "Love Lies Lost",[1] and released one album in 1986, Blue Notes.

She then pursued a career in film and television production, most prominently behind the scenes as a producer and executive producer for the TV broadcast of the BRIT Awards since 2001.

Recording career[edit]

Terry was asked to perform on Culture Club's debut album, Kissing to Be Clever, after lead singer Boy George met her at a London club.[2] Her soulful vocals became a key element of the Culture Club sound[3] on the group's debut album and its follow-up, Colour By Numbers. She is featured in several of the band's videos, including "Time (Clock of the Heart)",[4] "Church of the Poison Mind", "It's a Miracle" and "Victims", and often appeared on television with them.

Her solo career began in 1984 on Culture Club's label Virgin with the single "Love Lies Lost" (which she wrote in collaboration with group members Boy George and Roy Hay). The single went to No. 34 in the UK,[5] reached the same position in Australia,[6] and was a No. 28 hit in Ireland.[7] That year she also co-wrote and recorded "Now You're Mine" with producer Giorgio Moroder for the soundtrack to the film, Electric Dreams, and released the single "Stuttering".

In 1985 she guested on Phil Collins', No Jacket Required, and sang the song "Take That Look Off Your Face" for the tribute album Performance: The Very Best of Tim Rice & Andrew Lloyd Webber. The soundtrack to the film Quicksilver featured her duet with Ray Parker, Jr., on the song "One Sunny Day".

Terry's album Blue Notes was released in 1986 and produced by Don Was. It spawned three singles, "Stuttering", "Act of Mercy" and "Come on and Find Me".

Her involvement with Culture Club was minimal after 1985, although she made a guest appearance during Boy George's 1987 UK solo tour.[8]

In 1989, after signing to Parlophone, she released an EP, Fortunate Fool, featuring three new songs. Two of these, "Fortunate Fool" and "Lessons in Loneliness," were also released as singles, but differences with her record company led to a deadlock over plans for an album and she abandoned the contract.[9]

Blue Notes has been re-released as a remastered limited edition CD with bonus tracks in 2009.

Terry contributed some backing vocals to the track "Whole New Way" on the 2010 Scissor Sisters album Night Work.

Media production career[edit]

After she stopped singing professionally, Helen Terry moved into film and television production, beginning as a children's TV researcher in 1990.[10] She has worked as a producer for the BRIT Awards TV broadcast[11] since 2001, becoming the executive producer in 2005.[10] The 2008 broadcast attracted 6.1 million viewers.[12]

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Single Date Label 7" B-side Additional tracks UK chart position
"Love Lies Lost" April 1984 Virgin "Laughter on My Mind (live)" "Love Lies Lost (extended version)" (on 12") 34
"Stuttering" 1 October 1984 Virgin "Stuttering (dub mix)" "Stuttering (club mix)" (on 12") 84
"Now You're Mine" 12 November 1984 Virgin "Now You're Mine (instrumental)" "Now You're Mine (extended)" (on 12") -
"Act of Mercy" 1986 Virgin "Over The Border" "Love Money And Sex" (on 12") -
"Come on and Find Me" 1986 Virgin "Reach Out" "Come on And Find Me (Alternative Mix)",
"The River" (on 12")
-
"Lessons in Loneliness" 1989 Parlophone "Lessons in Loneliness (radio version)" "Lessons in Loneliness (lessons learned)",
"Lessons in Loneliness (Olympic version)",
"Fortunate Fool (radio version)" (on CD single)
-
"Fortunate Fool" 1989 Parlophone "Heart of a Woman" "Lessons in Loneliness",
"Fortunate Fool (extended version)" (on EP)
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Album[edit]

  • Blue Notes (1986)

Tracklisting

  1. "Act of Mercy" (Lamont Dozier)
  2. "Come on and Find Me" (Helen Terry/Boy George O'Dowd/Roy Hay)
  3. "Love Money and Sex" (Terry/Willis)
  4. "Right in Front of You" (Helen Terry/Raymond Jones)
  5. "Forbidden Fruit" (Phil Pickett/Robertson)
  6. "All Night Makes It Right" (Raymond Jones)
  7. "The Perfect Kiss" (Terry/Dudley)
  8. "Feelin' Your Heart" (Helen Terry/Boy George O'Dowd/Roy Hay)
  9. "Close Watch" (John Cale)
  10. "Stuttering" (Terry/Matkosky/Prestopino)
  11. "The River" (Dudley/Bell) (on tape and CD only)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 554. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ Boy George; Spencer Bright (1995). Take It Like A Man. London: Pan Books. p. 210. ISBN 0-330-32362-8. 
  3. ^ Boy George; Spencer Bright (1995). Take It Like A Man. London: Pan Books. p. 214. ISBN 0-330-32362-8. 
  4. ^ Boy George; Spencer Bright (1995). Take It Like A Man. London: Pan Books. p. 227. ISBN 0-330-32362-8. 
  5. ^ Guinness World Records British Hit Singles 14th Edition. London: Guinness World Records. 2001. p. 440. ISBN 0-85156-156-X. 
  6. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book (1970–1992). St Ives: Australian Chart Book. p. 304. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  7. ^ "The Irish Charts – All there is to know". Retrieved 8 April 2008. 
  8. ^ Boy George; Spencer Bright (1995). Take It Like A Man. London: Pan Books. p. 525. ISBN 0-330-32362-8. 
  9. ^ "www.boy.george.net – Boy George – The Devil in Sister George Homepage". 8 May 2001. Retrieved 1 April 2008. 
  10. ^ a b "My Life in Media: Helen Terry". The Independent. 18 February 2008. Retrieved 6 April 2008. 
  11. ^ Brown, Helen (11 February 2006). "Putting on the Brits". The Independent. Retrieved 1 April 2008. 
  12. ^ Holmwood, Leigh (21 February 2008). "6.1m tune in for the Brit Awards". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 April 2008. 

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