Lynsey de Paul

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Lynsey de Paul
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Lynsey de Paul in 1974
Background information
Birth name Lynsey Monckton Rubin
Born (1948-06-11) 11 June 1948 (age 65)
Cricklewood, London, England
Genres Pop
Occupations Singer-songwriter, actress
Instruments Vocals, piano
Website www.lynseydepaul.com

Lynsey de Paul (born 11 June 1948)[1] is an English singer-songwriter. Allmusic journalist Craig Harris stated that "one of the first successful female singer-songwriters in England, de Paul has had an illustrious career".[2]

Early life[edit]

Born Lynsey Monckton Rubin in Cricklewood, London to Meta and Herbert Rubin, a property developer. She grew up in a Jewish family in Cricklewood, North London,[3] and attended South Hampstead High School followed by Hornsey College of Art, now part of Middlesex University.

Career[edit]

While attending Hornsey College of Art, and wanting to leave home,[4] she started to design album sleeves for artists which required her to listen to the tracks. From income earned from album sleeve design, she got her first flat, where she turned to songwriting.[citation needed] Three of her earliest songs were co-written with Don Gould and recorded by Jack Wild: "Takin' It Easy" and "Bring It on Back to Me" from the album Everything's Coming Up Roses, which was released by Wild in 1971.[5] Another 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.[6]

After these initial successes, de Paul 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 and Ron Roker, resulting in revenues from songs recorded by other artists from 1971. Her breakthrough came early in 1972 as the co-writer (with Ron Roker) of The Fortunes' top 10 UK hit "Storm in a Teacup".[7] She was credited as 'L. Rubin' on the record. Around this time, she also had chart success in the Netherlands as the writer of "On the Ride", a Top 30 hit by the Continental Uptight Band.

A few months later de Paul gained notice as the performer of her own hit song "Sugar Me", which reached the Top 10 of the UK Singles Chart,[8] as well as the top of the singles charts in the Netherlands, Spain and Belgium. "Sugar Me" was covered in the US by Nancy Sinatra and Claudine Longet, and more recent cover versions are still being released (see below). Noted[by whom?] for her keyboard skills, ability to write catchy songs and sultry looks, de Paul went on to be a regular chart and TV fixture over the next five years. Her follow up single to "Sugar Me" was "Getting a Drag" (UK No. 18).[8] After the failure of her third single "All Night", which was written with Roker, to reach the chart, de Paul returned to the UK Top 20 with "Won't Somebody Dance With Me",[8] and which was also a hit in Ireland and the Netherlands. The ballad earned her an Ivor Novello Award, making her the first woman to be thus awarded.[2] 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 she was replaced by female trio Thunderthighs on the hit single version of the song.[9] 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.[10] After appointing Don Arden, her new manager at the end of 1973, de Paul released "Ooh I Do", which hit the charts in the UK,[8] Netherlands and Japan. The song's co-writer, Barry Blue, also recorded a version of the song as an album track.

A second Ivor Novello Award followed a year later for "No Honestly", which was also the theme tune to a hit ITV comedy of the same name, and provided her with another UK Top 10 hit.[8] 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. De Paul continued to release a number of singles through the 1970s and early 1980s, including the UK hit "My Man and Me", which she performed an acoustic version of on The Old Grey Whistle Test.

Lynsey de Paul in 1973

A prolific songwriter, de Paul also continued to write songs for a wide range of recording artists as well as composing the theme music to the 1970s documentary television programme Pilger (John Pilger) for ATV.[7] In a five-year period (1972–77), she wrote a total of fourteen UK Singles Chart hits,[2] most notably "Dancin' (on a Saturday Night)" which was a hit for co-writer Barry Blue, as well as Flash Cadillac and bond. De Paul's songs have reached the charts in many territories, including the US, Japan, Germany, the Netherlands, France, Switzerland, Belgium, Austria, Sweden, Norway, Canada and Australia. She has also performed producing and arranging duties on many of these recordings. In 1976, she was the recipient of the 'Woman Of The Year Award For Music' from the Variety Club of Great Britain.[11] Management 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.[12]

"Rock Bottom", which she wrote with Mike Moran, was the UK entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1977. As 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 went on to become a Top 20 hit in many European countries including France, Germany, Austria and Switzerland, where it reached the top of their singles chart. De Paul and Moran went on to write a number of songs, such as "Let Your Body Go Downtown" (1977), a No. 38 UK hit for the Martyn Ford Orchestra;[13] 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. De Paul also wrote and performed the theme music for the 1977 revival by London Weekend Television of the sitcom, The Rag Trade;[7] the same year she composed "Hi Summer", the title of another ITV variety show, performed by Carl Wayne. Later TV credits included the theme to the BBC's Hearts of Gold and "Olympian Way". In 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, American Swing and Aces Go Places.[2]

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. During this period, she co-wrote with Terry Britten "A Little TLC", which was covered by Sam Hui and awarded an RTHK top 10 gold award in Hong Kong in 1986. Other versions of this song were recorded by Menudo, sung by their lead singer Ricky Martin, and also featured in the US children's television programme, Kidd Video. Whilst writing songs for Shirley Bassey, Heatwave and The Real Thing, de Paul also branched out into record production, acting in musicals and plays, interviewing and TV presentation, drawing cartoons and also self-defence.

De Paul has 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.[11] De Paul has 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.[2] De Paul has 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 1985, she was awarded the Rear of the Year title for which she thanked the organisers from the "heart of her bottom". She was also a judge on the television talent show New Faces and has 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.[2]

She returned to the public spotlight in a different role in 1992 when she released a self-defence video for women called Taking Control. Lord 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.[2][3] In 2006, an updated DVD of her self-defence training programme Taking Control was released and featured on television (The Wright Stuff) and in the media. The programme showed the importance of self-defence for women, and she has approached schools and universities to include the DVD in the curriculum.

Her contribution to the music industry was recognised in 2005 when de Paul received a Gold Badge Award. This was followed by her becoming a director on the board of the Performing Rights Society (PRS) on 30 June 2006 where she has proved to be an active member. The PRS was renamed PRS for Music and in 2009 de Paul was re-elected for a second three-year term.[14]

In 2007, de Paul played Sheila Larsen in the first episode of Kingdom, the Stephen Fry drama series. On 10 April 2008, de Paul participated in a celebrity version of the Channel 4 show Come Dine With Me along with Tamara Beckwith, MC Harvey and Jonathan Ansell. De Paul, who is a vegetarian, came in last place. She was also featured on a celebrity version of Cash in the Attic in March 2009 where she became a temporary auctioneer.[7]

She wrote the foreword for the book Medium Rare by Billy Roberts, Liam Scott (Apex Publishing, ISBN 978-1-906358-49-5) published in April 2009. The book is about the spiritual medium Liam Scott. She has also written travel articles for the Daily Mail on Mauritius (February 2008) and Australia's east coast (April 2009).

In 2011, de Paul had her own programme on Sky, entitled Lynsey's Love Songs. According to a news item on her website, she chose the songs she liked and researched the songwriters and people who made the records. In February 2012, Vintage TV broadcast three episodes where de Paul interviewed the songwriters Gilbert O'Sullivan, Mike Batt and Howard Jones. Aled Jones interviewed Lynsey on his Good Morning Sunday programme on BBC Radio Two on 29 April 2012. He asked her about her life, career and religious beliefs as well as what inspires her.[7] Lynsey attended the 2012 Ivor Novello Awards held at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London, on 17 May 2012.[15] She was on the UK jury for the Eurovision Song Contest 2012.[7] Some of her songs, including previously unreleased material, are available as MP3s via her own shop, which is linked to her official website.[11]

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.[16] 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.[17]

Personal life[edit]

Although never married, at various times de Paul has been romantically linked with Ringo Starr, Roy Wood, James Coburn, George Best, Sean Connery, Dodi Fayed, Bill Kenwright, Bernie Taupin, Chas Chandler and Dudley Moore.[3] Known for her sharp sense of humour, de Paul was labelled "Looney de Small" by Spike Milligan.[2] She is a patron of the Spike Milligan Statue Memorial Fund.[11]

Discography[edit]

Chart singles[edit]

Year Title Chart positions
UK[8] DE CH NL IRE ES AT BE SWE FR AUS
1972 "Sugar Me" 5 16 - 1 - 1 2 1 4 - 4
"Getting A Drag" 18 48 - - - - - - - - -
1973 "All Night" - - - - - - - - - - -
"Won't Somebody Dance With Me" 14 - - 21 9 - - - - - -
1974 "Ooh I Do" 25 - - 16 - - - 12 - - -
"No Honestly" 7 - - - - - - - - - -
1975 "My Man And Me" 40 - - - - - - - - - -
1977 "Rock Bottom" (with Mike Moran) 19 4 1 - 7 - 2 - 6 10 -

Other singles[edit]

  • "Rhythm and Blue Jean Baby" / "Into My Music"
  • "Happy Christmas to You From Me" / "Stick to You" (with Barry Blue)
  • "Hug and Squeeze Me" / "You Made Me Write This Song"
  • "Love Bomb" / "Rainbow"
  • "If I Don't Get You The Next One Will" / "Season to Season"
  • "You Give me Those Feelings" / "Beautiful"
  • "Hollywood Romance" / "Losin' The Blues for You"
  • "Tigers and Fireflies" / "Losin' The Blues for You"
  • "Strange Changes" / "Strange Changes (version)"
  • "Air on a Heartstring" / "Arrival of the Queen" (with Horea Crishan)
  • "There's No Place Like London" / "There's No Place Like London" (Karaoke version) (credited as Lynsey & Friends)

B sides[edit]

  • "Storm in a Teacup" ("Sugar Me")
  • "Brandy" ("Getting a Drag")
  • "Blind Leading the Blind" ("All Night")
  • "So Good to You" ("Won't Somebody Dance with Me")
  • "Nothing Really Lasts Forever" ("Ooh I Do")
  • "Central Park Arrest" ("No Honestly")
  • "Dancing on a Saturday Night" ("My Man and Me")
  • "Shouldn't Say That" (with Mike Moran) ("Rock Bottom")

Albums[edit]

  • Surprise
  • The World of Lynsey de Paul (aka Lynsey Sings)
  • Taste Me... Don't Waste Me
  • Love Bomb
  • Before You Go Tonight
  • No Honestly
  • Tigers and Fireflies
  • Just a Little Time (aka Sugar Me)
  • The Best of Lynsey de Paul
  • Greatest Hits
  • Best of the 70s - Lynsey de Paul
  • Sugar and Beyond[18]
  • Into My Music[19]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Who's Really Who – Compton Miller (Harden Books, 1997)
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Biography by Craig Harris". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 19 July 2009. 
  3. ^ a b c Middlehurst, Lester (9 April 2007). "Pop star Lynsey de Paul reveals the truth about her love-life". Daily Mail. Retrieved 2007-04-24. 
  4. ^ "Story of "sugar Me"". YouTube. Retrieved 2011-03-06. 
  5. ^ "Lynsey de Paul". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  6. ^ "Lynsey Rubin Discography at Discogs". Discogs.com. 1950-06-11. Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f "Lynsey de Paul". IMDb.com. Retrieved July 2009. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 145. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  9. ^ Dave Thompson. "Roll Away the Stone - Mott the Hoople | Listen, Appearances, Song Review". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-01-28. 
  10. ^ Roberts, David (1998). Guinness Rockopedia (1st ed.). London: Guinness Publishing Ltd. p. 282. ISBN 0-85112-072-5. 
  11. ^ a b c d "Home". Lynseydepaul.com. 2012-09-15. Retrieved 2012-11-24. 
  12. ^ "Lynsey de Paul Exclusive FemaleFirst Interview". Femalefirst.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-11-24. 
  13. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 208. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  14. ^ "PRS for Music: Lynsey de Paul". Prsformusic.com. Retrieved 2012-11-24. 
  15. ^ "Pictures: The Ivor Novello Awards 2012 | Don Black and Lynsey de Paul at the 2012 Ivor Novello awards held at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London". Pictures.metro.co.uk. 2012-05-17. Retrieved 2012-11-24. [dead link]
  16. ^ "Marc Bolan Anniversary Concert". Mygoldmusic.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  17. ^ "Cherry Red Records - lynsey de paul". Cherryred.co.uk. 2013-02-07. Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  18. ^ "Cherry Red Records - LYNSEY DE PAUL, Sugar And Beyond, ANTHOLOGY 1972-1974, 2CD, RPM, 70s pop". Cherryred.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  19. ^ "Cherry Red Records - Into My Music Anthology 1975-79, 2CD, RPM, 70s pop". Cherryred.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-06-18. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Brotherhood of Man
with "Save Your Kisses for Me"
UK in the Eurovision Song Contest
1977
(with Mike Moran)
Succeeded by
Co-Co
with "The Bad Old Days"