|Birth name||Julie Covington|
11 September 1946 |
She followed this early success with her 1971 Godspell casting at The Roundhouse, then with her 1972 original cast recording of Godspell (Day by Day) and her role as the original Janet Weiss in The Rocky Horror Show in 1973.
Between 1974 and 1984 Covington appeared regularly in the companies of the National Theatre and the Royal Court Theatre, creating such roles as Alice in Plenty, Vivienne Eliot in Tom & Viv (for which she received an Olivier Award nomination) and Edward in the original production of Caryl Churchill's Cloud Nine.
Rock Follies led to her landing the title role in the original studio recording of the Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice musical Evita. This had been offered to singer Elkie Brooks, who turned it down. Covington achieved an international number one with the song "Don't Cry for Me Argentina"; the single reached #1 in the UK Singles Chart in February 1977. She was later given the opportunity to originate the role in the stage production of Evita, but she declined, explaining that she thought the impact of her recording would be diminished, and Elaine Paige took the role.
In 1978, Covington performed the role of Beth, wife of Parson Nathaniel (Phil Lynott), on Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds.
Julie Covington albums
- While The Music Lasts (1967)
- The Party's Moving On (1969)
- The Beautiful Changes (1971)
- Julie Covington (1978)
- Julie Covington Plus (1978)
- The Beautiful Changes Plus (1999)
- Godspell - Original Cast Recording (1972)
- The Adventures of Barry McKenzie (1972)
- The Rocky Horror Show (1973)
- Evita (1976)
- Rock Follies (1976)
- The Mermaid Frolics (1977) - benefit for Amnesty International
- Rock Follies of '77 (1977)
- The War of the Worlds (1978)
- Guys and Dolls National cast recording (1982)
- The Wildcliffe Bird (audio book) (1991)
- Guys and Dolls (1992)
- The War of the Worlds - Original - CD (2000)
- The War of the Worlds - 5.1 Remastered Edition (2005)
- The War of the Worlds - 7 disc Collectors Edition (2005)
- "The Magic Wasn't There, Tonight Your Love Is Over" (1970)
- "The Way Things Ought To Be" (1970)
- "Day by Day" (1972)
- "Two Worlds Apart" (demo single) (1973)
- "Don't Cry for Me, Argentina" (1976) - UK #1
- "OK?" (1977) - Julie Covington, Rula Lenska, Charlotte Cornwell, and Sue Jones-Davies - UK #10
- "Only Women Bleed" (1977) - UK #12
- "(I Want To See The) Bright Lights" (1978)
- "Housewives' Choice" (1982)
- 1977 - "Best British Female Newcomer"
- Eder, Bruce. "Julie Covington - Music Biography, Credits and Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-02-12.
- "The Nominees and Winners of The Laurence Olivier Awards for 1984". Official London Theatre Guide. Retrieved 2008-04-09.[dead link]
- Challis, William (October 1978). "Ordinary Sins". Third Way Magazine (Hampstead, England: Thirty Press) 2 (17): 26. "…the considerable talents of Julie Covington as Anna…"
- Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 124. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
- Bogdanski, Jennifer J (2007-05-30). "Evita — a Concept Album About Who?". Sir Tim Rice — Evita.
- "Julie Covington Discography at Discogs". Discogs.com. 1946-09-11. Retrieved 2013-02-12.
- "Julie Covington". London: Brit Awards Ltd. Retrieved 26 March 2012.
- Julie Covington at the Internet Movie Database
- Julie Covington Website (official)
- Julie Covington Website (unofficial)