Early life and career
Hamilton was born in 1953 in Lancashire, England, the eldest of four children. Her career as a singer began as a teenager when she joined a backing group The Desperadoes. They appeared on the same bill as acts such as The Who, Freddy and the Dreamers and The Animals. Lynne Hamilton knew the Beatles personally, having been signed with the same record labels and having been on the same TV shows and at the same parties and social promotional events for the record label for 4 years. Lynne and Paul McCartney were close friends for some years - This was while Lynne was in her four year stint as a singer with The Caravelles, who successfully toured in the UK and across Europe. In 1971 Hamilton moved to Australia where she variously owned and operated a car hire company and restaurants - later returning as a number one hit singer with the theme song of the TV series Prisoner.
"On The Inside" and Prisoner
In 1979 Lynne Hamilton was given the opportunity to sing a song titled - "On the Inside, the theme tune for a new soap opera set at a women's prison: Prisoner. The song, "On the Inside" was written by Allan Caswell and was released as a single in Australia. It reached number one in the singles chart and sold in excess of 80,000 copies. A follow up album also named "On The Inside' was released on the Summit label in 1979.
Ten years after this initial success, the song was issued in the UK for the first time. To coincide with the series' first broadcast on UK television the single was rush-released and reached number 3 instantly in the UK singles charts in 1989. Lynne Hamilton then performed "On the Inside" on Top of the Pops and similar TV programmes throughout the UK. On the Inside was re-released as a digital download and CD Single in March 2012.
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