Eve Boswell

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Eve Boswell
Eve Boswell (1964)
Eve Boswell (1964)
Background information
Birth nameEva Keleti
Born(1922-05-11)11 May 1922
Budapest, Hungary
Died14 August 1998(1998-08-14) (aged 76)
Durban, South Africa
GenresTraditional pop
Years active1950s

Eve Boswell (born Eva Keleti, 11 May 1922, Budapest, Hungary – 14 August 1998, Durban, South Africa) was a successful pop singer in Britain in the 1950s.[1]


She was born in Hungary to professional musician parents who toured worldwide.[1] Educated in Switzerland, she studied piano before joining her parents on tour as the juggling act, Three Hugos.[1] When the Second World War was declared, the family left Britain with the Boswell Circus. She married, and as Eve Boswell became a popular singing star in South Africa.[1]

In 1949, she was heard by bandleader Geraldo (Gerald Bright), who persuaded her to return to Britain as a singer in his band, which was widely heard on BBC Radio.[1] Boswell parted with Geraldo in 1951, and launched a solo career.[1] Her first hit record came the following year with "Sugar Bush", partly sung in Afrikaans.[1] She appeared in the 1953 Royal Variety Performance[1] and toured widely with comedian Derek Roy, before getting her own radio show in 1954.[citation needed]

Her major chart hit came with "Pickin' a Chicken", a South African tune with new words,[1] which rose to No. 9 on the UK Singles Chart[2] at the start of 1956. Her first LP, Sugar and Spice, on which she sang 10 songs in nine different languages, followed later in the year.[1] A continuous programme of radio work and tours followed, leading to more than one mental breakdown. She faded from public view as public tastes for pop music changed through the late 1950s and 1960s,[1] eventually returning to live in Durban, South Africa, where she died.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Colin Larkin, ed. (2002). The Virgin Encyclopedia of Fifties Music (Third ed.). Virgin Books. p. 46. ISBN 1-85227-937-0.
  2. ^ "EVE BOSWELL | Official Charts Company". Officialcharts.com. Retrieved 21 October 2019.
  3. ^ Gifford, Denis (15 August 1998). "Obituary: Eve Boswell". The Independent. Retrieved 7 September 2019.