Julie Covington

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Julie Covington
Birth name Julie Covington
Born (1946-09-11) 11 September 1946 (age 69)
London, England
Genres Pop
Occupation(s) Singer, actress
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1967–present

Julie Covington (born 11 September 1946, London) is an English singer and actress, best known for recording the original version of "Don't Cry for Me, Argentina".[1]

Early life[edit]

She attended the girls' grammar school Brondesbury and Kilburn High School in Kilburn.


Covington's break came in 1967 when, while still a student at Homerton College, Cambridge, she was invited to sing on David Frost's television show – after which she secured a recording contract.

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.[1]

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)[2] and Edward in the original production of Caryl Churchill's Cloud Nine.

In the early 1970s she appeared and sang on the children's television programme Play Away. 1976 and 1977 saw her appearing in the two series of the television programme, Rock Follies.[1]

In 1978 she appeared with the English National Opera as Anna in The Seven Deadly Sins.[3]

Rock Follies led to her landing the title role in the original studio recording of the Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice musical Evita.[1] 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 No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart in February 1977.[4] She was later given the opportunity to originate the role in the stage production of Evita, but she declined, and Elaine Paige took the role.[5] Speaking in 1985 she expressed some regret at this decision but explained that she did not like Eva Peron and that without some positive feeling for the person she had preferred to turn the role down. [6]

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.[1]

Covington achieved chart success with a cover version of Alice Cooper's "Only Women Bleed" from her eponymous 1978 album.[1] It reached No. 12 on the UK chart.[4]

Following a second solo album and guesting on other artists' albums she returned to the theatre.[1] She starred in the 1982 National Theatre production of Guys and Dolls, playing Sister Sarah, opposite Ian Charleson's Sky Masterson. Her performance was much praised. Russell Davies : - "Miss Covington's voice is of such a special timbre (described by a perceptive admirer as 'like celery') that she isn't easily matched." [7]


Julie Covington albums[edit]

  • While The Music Lasts (1967)
  • The Party's Moving On (1969)
  • The Beautiful Changes (1971)
  • Julie Covington (1978)
  • The Beautiful Changes Plus (1999)[1][8]
  • Julie Covington Plus (2000)

Cast recordings/soundtracks/compilations[edit]


Year Single Chart Positions
1970 "The Magic Wasn't There, Tonight Your Love Is Over" - -
"The Way Things Ought To Be" - -
1972 "Day By Day" - -
1973 "Two Worlds Apart" (Demo Only) - -
1976 "Don't Cry for Me, Argentina" 1 1
1977 "OK?" (with Rula Lenska, Charlotte Cornwell, Sue Jones-Davies) 10 -
"Only Women Bleed" 12 -
1978 "(I Want To See The) Bright Lights" - 58
1982 "Housewives' Choice" - -

Britannia Awards[edit]

  • 1977 – "Best British Female Newcomer"[9]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Eder, Bruce. "Julie Covington – Music Biography, Credits and Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-02-12. 
  2. ^ "The Nominees and Winners of The Laurence Olivier Awards for 1984". Official London Theatre Guide. Retrieved 2008-04-09. [dead link]
  3. ^ Challis, William (October 1978). "Ordinary Sins". Third Way Magazine (Hampstead, England: Thirty Press) 2 (17): 26. …the considerable talents of Julie Covington as Anna… 
  4. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 124. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  5. ^ Bogdanski, Jennifer J (30 May 2007). "Evita – a Concept Album About Who?". Sir Tim Rice – Evita. 
  6. ^ Observer, 17 March 1985,observer Covington interview
  7. ^ The Guys and Dolls Book, NHB Books 1997, p56
  8. ^ "Julie Covington Discography at Discogs". Discogs.com. 11 September 1946. Retrieved 2013-02-12. 
  9. ^ "Julie Covington". London: Brit Awards Ltd. Retrieved 26 March 2012. 

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