Lorraine Silver

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Lorraine Silver (born 15 October 1951, London, England) is an English singer known for her single "Lost Summer Love" (1965), which came to be regarded as a classic of Northern soul.


Silver's singing career began in 1965, when she was thirteen and recorded an a cappella version of Brian Hyland's "Sealed With A Kiss" at a DIY singing booth in Woolworths in Oxford Street London.[1] The song attracted the attention of Pye Records, who signed her for a two-record deal.[2] For her first single Silver released "Lost Summer Love", a song previously sung by Shelley Fabares.[3] The single was produced by Tony Reeves and arranged by Johnny Harris and featured Klaus Voormann on bass guitar.[4] Another Shelley Fabares cover, "I know you’ll be there", was recorded for the B-side. Her second single was an original song "the Happy Faces" with a cover version of The Supremes "When the Love Light Starts Shining Thru His Eyes" on the B-side.[5] Neither single sold well and Silver's contract was not renewed.

Although the original recordings did not chart, Silver's version of "Lost Summer Love" would later go on to become massively popular within the Northern Soul movement at the Wigan Casino in the 1970s.[6] The single was reissued on the Casino Classics label, selling in excess of 30,000 copies.[4] Silver, however, remained largely unaware of the song's popularity and her fame within the Northern soul scene until 1988.[7][6]

All four original recordings have been released on numerous Northern soul compilation CDs, and she also was featured in the best-selling biography of Dusty Springfield written by Lucy O'Brien entitled Dusty.[8] Silver is still working extensively in theatres and clubs throughout the UK as special guest with Edwin Starr's original band Angelo Starr & The Team and in addition the Signatures.

In January 2018, Silver released her first single since her days on PYE "Standing at the Intersection" / "The Best Time of My Life", produced by the record producer Ian Levine on Rochester Hills Records. In 2021 she went into the studios again with Ian Levine and has released her follow up " FEVER RAGING OUT OF CONTROL" /"THE LAST TO KNOW"


  1. ^ Davies, Alan. "Lost Summer Love star Silver still has Northern Soul". Welwyn & Hatfield Times. Retrieved 8 October 2015.
  2. ^ Dakin, Melanie. "The queen of Kingsbury". Watford Observer. Archived from the original on 25 October 2018. Retrieved 8 October 2015.
  3. ^ Stanley, Bob (2014). Yeah Yeah Yeah: The Story of Modern Pop. W. W. Norton & Company. ISBN 978-0393242690. Retrieved 8 October 2015.
  4. ^ a b Ankeny, Jason. "AllMusic biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 8 October 2015.
  5. ^ "Lorraine Silver brings classic Northern Soul". Bedford Today. Retrieved 8 October 2015.
  6. ^ a b Fox, Mary. "Northern soul". BBC. Retrieved 8 October 2015.
  7. ^ Lockie, Chris. "London's Unsung Musical Women". Londonist. Retrieved 8 October 2015.
  8. ^ O'Brien, Lucy (1989) Dusty, p.48. Publishers, Sidgwick & Jackson Ltd. ISBN 0283998385

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