Lance Ellington

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Lance Ellington
Birth nameLance Ellington
Born (1957-06-22) 22 June 1957 (age 62)
OriginLondon, England
GenresPop, jazz, swing, soul
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter, actor
Years active1970s-present

Lance Ellington is an English singer, songwriter, and actor.

Ellington, the only son of the band leader Ray Ellington, specialises in swing and big ballads. He has worked with many artists including Sting, George Michael, Gloria Gaynor, Michael Jackson, and Robbie Williams, and currently makes regular performances on the BBC programme Strictly Come Dancing.[1][2]


After leaving school, Ellington entered and won the 1977 final of the television talent show New Faces with the duo Koffee 'n' Kreme with singing partner Beth Hannah.[3] He followed this with a tour with Johnny Mathis and a performance in the Royal Variety Show. His career continued as a session singer with many top artists and working on several albums. He went on to sing "Love You Too" the main theme song for Lee Van Cleef's last movie Thieves of Fortune (1988).[4]

In 1993 his single, "Lonely (Have We Lost Our Love)", peaked at number 57 in the UK Singles Chart.[5] Ellington's solo career includes studio albums, stage and club appearances and writing songs for Steps and Westlife. In 2004, he appeared as his late father in the film The Life and Death of Peter Sellers and, in 1993, sang a duet with Cathy Dennis on the soundtrack of Robin Hood: Men in Tights.[6] In 2012, Ellington was the resident vocalist on Strictly Come Dancing. In the same year he featured with Mary Carewe as a soloist in the James Bond 50th Anniversary Gala Concert, which was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and shown on BBC television in December 2012.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Ellington has two daughters, Lauren and Lois, both of whom have performed in West End productions.[1]



Singles and EPs[edit]

  • "Love Scared" – A&M Records (1990)
  • "Treat Me Right" – A&M Records (1990)
  • "Love Me More" – A&M Records (12") (1990)
  • "Don't Ever Leave Me Again" – A&M Records (12", Promo) (1990)
  • "I'm Falling Too" (12") – Club House featuring Lance Ellington – Media Records (1992)
  • "Lonely (Have We Lost Our Love)" – RCA Records (1993) – UK No. 57[5]
  • "Gimme Love" – Media Records Ltd (1994)
  • "Gimme Love" / "Change The Way" (12") – Lance Ellington / Maria Short – Pro DJ International (1994)
  • "Lonely '96" – East Side Records (1996)[9]



  1. ^ a b "Lance Ellington Home Page". Retrieved 2 February 2013.
  2. ^ "Strictly Presents". Strictly Presents. Retrieved 2 February 2013.
  3. ^ "Any idea for finding the singers name (My world keeps getting smaller everyday)". Retrieved 2 February 2013.
  4. ^ "Thieves of Fortune: Soundtrack". Internet movie database. Retrieved 18 March 2019.
  5. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 182. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  6. ^ "Lance Ellington". Retrieved 20 December 2012.
  7. ^ "BBC Four – James Bond 50th Anniversary Gala Concert". 26 December 2012. Retrieved 2 February 2013.
  8. ^ "Lance Ellington – Music Biography, Credits and Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2 February 2013.
  9. ^ a b c "Lance Ellington Discography at Discogs". Retrieved 2 February 2013.
  10. ^ "Backing vocals of Lance Ellington". Retrieved 25 April 2015.