Lynsey de Paul
|Lynsey de Paul|
Lynsey de Paul in 1974
|Birth name||Lyndsey Monckton Rubin|
11 June 1948|
|Died||1 October 2014
Lynsey de Paul (born Lyndsey Monckton Rubin; 11 June 1948[nb 1] – 1 October 2014) was an English singer-songwriter. She had chart hits in the UK and Europe in the 1970s, starting with the single "Sugar Me". She represented the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest and then had a successful career as a composer, actress and television celebrity.
Lyndsey Monckton Rubin was born to Meta (née de Groot) and Herbert Rubin, a property developer. They were a Jewish family, and had one other child, John (b.1944). De Paul later claimed that she and her brother suffered physical abuse at the hands of their father. She attended South Hampstead High School followed by Hornsey College of Art, now part of Middlesex University.
Early song writing
Three of her earliest songs were co-written with Don Gould and recorded by Oliver! performer Jack Wild: "Takin' It Easy" and "Bring It On Back to Me" from the album Everything's Coming Up Roses, which was released in 1971. 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.
After these initial successes, she 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 (at that time known as Barry Green) 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". De Paul performed the song the same year on the BBC's The Two Ronnies. She was credited as 'L. Rubin' on the record. Around this time, she also had chart success in Holland as the writer of "On the Ride (You Do It Once, You Do It Twice)", a Top 30 hit by the Continental Uptight Band and also "When You've Gotta Go", an Australian chart hit recorded and released by Solomon King, both songs also crediting her as L. Rubin. Other notable songs from this period included "Papa Do", which was released by Barry Green as a single, as well as "Crossword Puzzle", also co-penned with Barry Green and which led to an appearance on Top of the Pops for Irish singer Dana aka Dana Rosemary Scallon. Lynsey's own versions of both of these two songs would later be found as tracks on her debut album, Surprise.
She wrote the song "Sugar Me" for Peter Noone, but her boyfriend, Dudley Moore, suggested that she should take a demo version to manager Gordon Mills, who told her she should record it herself. She said: "There had been the massacre at the Munich Olympics and I was told that it would be better not to have a Jewish name. I took De from my mother’s maiden name, De Groot, and my father’s middle name was Paul”. Released as a single, "Sugar Me" reached the Top 10 of the UK Singles Chart, as well as the top of the singles charts in the Netherlands, Spain and Belgium. The arrangement featured a distinctive piano counter-melody motif as well as Hammond organ backing and a violin solo. "Sugar Me" was covered in the US by Nancy Sinatra and Claudine Longet, and later by other musicians.
This was the start of Lynsey becoming 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). In March 1973, Lynsey released her first album, Surprise, on the MAM label. Later that year, after "All Night", her third single, co-written with Ron Roker and released on the MAM label, failed to chart in the UK, de Paul returned to the UK Top 20 with "Won't Somebody Dance With Me", which was also a hit in Ireland and the Netherlands. For this ballad she received an Ivor Novello Award, the first woman to do so. 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. The flip side of "Won't Somebody Dance With Me" was So Good To You, a song that was covered by Lenny Zakatek on his single "I Gotcha Now", a song that was also written by Ms De Paul.
De Paul recorded the female lyric to Mott the Hoople's album track version of "Roll Away the Stone", but the female trio Thunderthighs appeared on the hit single version of the song. 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. After appointing Don Arden her new manager at the end of 1973, de Paul released "Ooh I Do" in May 1974, which hit the charts in the UK, Netherlands and Japan. The song's co-writer, Barry Blue, also recorded a version of the song as an album track with different lyrics for the verses.
A second Ivor Novello Award followed a year later for "No Honestly", which was also the theme tune to a hit ITV comedy No, Honestly, and provided her with another UK Top 10 hit. The B-side to this single was de Paul's version of "Central Park Arrest", the song she had written for Thunderthighs and which had 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. "No Honestly" was the first release on the newly formed Jet Records, established by Don Arden. She also wrote the second single that was released on the label, a song called "My One and Only" by UK female singing trio Bones. Her second album, Taste Me... Don't Waste Me, was the first album release on Jet Records and was her personal favourite of all her albums. De Paul continued to release a number of singles through the mid-1970s, including the UK hit "My Man and Me", which she performed an acoustic version of on The Old Grey Whistle Test, "Love Bomb" and "If I Don't Get You The Next One Will"
De Paul also continued to write songs for a wide range of recording artists. In a five-year period (1972–77), she wrote a total of fourteen UK Singles Chart hits, most notably "Dancin' (on a Saturday Night)" which was a hit for co-writer Barry Blue, as well as Flash Cadillac and bond. More hit singles co-written with Barry Blue and performed by him followed, including "School Love", "Miss Hit and Run" and "Hot Shot". They finally released a duet at the end of 1975, the festive Happy Christmas To You From Me, which was co-written by the duo. Other notable songs co-written by Lynsey and Barry include "Tip of My Tongue (Lynsey de Paul song) which was a radio hit for U.K. group "Brotherly Love" as well as female vocal trio "Ellie" and "House of Cards (Lynsey de Paul song) recoded by a number of artists including John Christie, Australian artist "Rob Guest" and even the D.J. Tony Blackburn. 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 also performed producing and arranging duties on many of these recordings.
Her third album, Love Bomb, was released on Jet Records in 1975. Whereas the title track was released as a single in most territories, in the US and Japan the track "Sugar Shuffle" was released as a single. Later, in 1984, Japanese singer Asami Kobayashi released a cover version of "Sugar Shuffle" on her album Cryptograph. In April 1976, she appeared with Sacha Distel and Marti Caine at the London Palladium and later that year she was the recipient of the 'Woman of the Year Award For Music' from the Variety Club of Great Britain. 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. Nevertheless, that year she recorded the only cover song of her recording career, the Lennon/MacCartney song "Because" that appeared on the soundtrack to the movie All This and World War II. The song appeared on a double album released in 1976 to tie in with the film. The album charted in the US and the UK. and has recently been re-released as The Beatles and World War II on CD.
"Rock Bottom", which she wrote with Mike Moran, was the UK entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1977 and released on Polydor. 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 became a Top 20 hit in many European countries including France, Germany, Austria and Switzerland, where it reached the top of their singles chart. It was the 15th best selling single of 1977 in Switzerland and the 32nd best selling single in Germany.
Together with Moran, de Paul subsequently wrote other songs, such as "Let Your Body Go Downtown" (1977), a No. 38 UK hit for the Martyn Ford Orchestra; and the follow-up single "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.
Beach Boys member Bruce Johnston released his version of "Won't Somebody Dance With Me" on his 1977 solo album Going Public. The song was also featured in the 1978 film The Big Sleep, a remake of the Hollywood classic featuring Robert Mitchum, Joan Collins, Edward Fox, John Mills and directed by Michael Winner. The character Mona Grant, played by Diana Quick, actually sings the song. "Won't Somebody Dance With Me" was also featured in The Muppet Show, sung by Gonzo (Season Two, Episode 41 with Julie Andrews) as well as in The New Mickey Mouse Club performed by Lisa Whelchel.
As well as releasing a further single "You Give Me Those Feelings" in August 1977, de Paul also wrote and performed the theme music for the revival by London Weekend Television of the sitcom, The Rag Trade (1977); the same year she composed "Hi Summer", the title of another ITV variety show, performed by Carl Wayne. 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, Aces Go Places and Cut Snake. Most recently, her original recording of her song "Won't Somebody Dance With Me" featured on a playlist of songs that director Nicolas Winding Refn circulated to the cast and crew of his film The Neon Demon to get them into the right mood for filming.
Just over a year after the release of "You Give Me Those Feelings", Lynsey released her next single "Hollywood Romance", no doubt inspired by her recent move to California and a playful homage to some of Hollywood's classic films. The single garnered radio play and was also covered by Lena Zavaroni on her TV show. It was a teaser and track on the 1979 album "Tigers and Fireflies" which was produced by Rupert Holmes. Justin de Villeneuve was Lynsey's manager at the time and the album was recorded at Long View Farm. A second single, Tigers and Fireflies, was lifted from the album and tells about Lynsey's experiences with various former managers.
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. Although she only released one self-composed solo single, "Strange Changes", in the 1980s, she co-wrote with Terry Britten "A Little TLC", which was covered by Sam Hui and awarded an RTHK Top 10 Gold Songs Award in Hong Kong in 1986. Other versions of this song were recorded by Menudo, with lead vocals by Ricky Martin, as well as Japanese soul singer Marlene (as a track on her album Looking for Love) and also featured in the US children's television programme, Kidd Video. She later released her own version of the song on her website music store. Whilst writing songs for artists as diverse as Shirley Bassey ("There's No Place Like London"), funk/soul band Heatwave, Marti Webb (both recording the song "All I Am") and the Real Thing ("We Got Love"), de Paul also branched out into record production, acting in musicals and plays, interviewing and TV presentation, drawing cartoons and also self-defence. She also continued to compose TV themes, including for the BBC's 1981 comedy series The Olympian Way. and in 1988 the long-running Esther Rantzen programme Hearts of Gold.
In 1983, De Paul 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. She also played Cinderella, with Joanna Lumley playing Prince Charming, in an all-star cast for the Prince's Trust at the Bobath centre. Lynsey 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, in which she had a starring role as an actress.
De Paul 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 my bottom". She was also a judge on the television talent show New Faces and a regular panelist on "Call My Bluff" and "Blankety Blank". She 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.
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. 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 approached schools and universities to include the DVD in the curriculum.
In 1994, Lynsey released her first album in 15 years entitled Just A Little Time. It featured newly recorded and released songs, notably "Words Don't Mean a Thing" and "We Got Love", as well as reworked and updated versions of many of her classic hits, plus two club mixes of "Sugar Me" and "Getting A Drag". This was a CD-only release on the Music DeLuxe label. That year, she also released a single "There's No Place Like London", her version of the song she had written for Shirley Bassey, featuring an all-star cast that included Frankie Vaughan, Patti Boulaye, Gareth Hunt, Kenny Lynch, Rula Lenska, Gwen Taylor, Lionel Blair, Lorraine Chase, Pam St Clements, Harry Fowler, Polly James, Larry Adler, Rose Marie, Victor Spinetti, Gordon Kaye and the St Joan of Arc School Choir and credited to Lynsey & Friends.
Gerard Kenny released his version of "Take Back Your Heartache", a song that he co-wrote with Lynsey de Paul on his 1995 album, "An Evening with..." and that Lynsey performed as "Take Back Your Heartaches" on UKTV. In 1996, Lynsey's song "Martian Man" was featured on a CD single "The Milkman" by the Julianne Regan fronted group Mice. Julianne is a long-time fan of Ms De Paul and sought her approval to record the song. The single made it to the lower reaches of the UK single chart.
At least three of Lynsey's songs have been used as the basis for other songs. The first was "All I Am", which formed the music for the Buddha Monk song "Dedicated" that appeared on his 1998 Billboard charting album The Prophecy and that was co-credited to Lynsey De Paul and Susan Sheridan. Bilal performed the song "Certified" which incorporates a looped sample of Klaus Wunderlich's version of "Sugar Me" and resulted in a writing credit for Lynsey De Paul and Barry Blue on Guru's Jazzmatazz Streetsoul vol. 3 album, released in 2000, which also made the Billboard album charts. The third song is "You Don't Know", by UK soul/funk outfit Smoove and Turrell, that credits Lynsey with co-writing the song since it features a long sample of her track "Water" from her debut album, Surprise.
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 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.
Since she had trained as an artist at the Hornsey College of Art and was a good cartoonist (as evidenced from the gatefold album sleeve of her debut album, Surprise), Lynsey was employed as the resident cartoonist for Okay! Magazine in its first year of weekly distribution in 2006, with her pocket-cartoon series entitled “Light Entertainment”. She also provided cartoons for the women’s magazine Chic with another series of pocket-cartoons entitled “Woman to Woman”.
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 was the only vegetarian among the group, 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.
She wrote the foreword for the 2009 book Medium Rare about the spiritual medium Liam Scott who is one of the UK’s leading stage psychics. She also wrote travel articles for the Daily Mail on Mauritius (February 2008), one about Australia's east coast (April 2009) and another entitled "A Date with the Dolphins".
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 de Paul on his Good Morning Sunday programme on BBC Radio 2 on 29 April 2012. He asked her about her life, career and religious beliefs as well as what inspired her. Lynsey attended the 2012 Ivor Novello Awards held at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London, on 17 May 2012. She was a member of the UK jury for the Eurovision Song Contest 2012.
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. One week later, Lynsey appeared in the play "Hollywood Love" playing the role of the American actress and one of America's best-known gossip columnists Hedda Hopper, together with actor Jeff Stewart (Reg Hollis from "The Bill") who played the actor Gareth Hughes who was her friend.
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. One of her last public appearances was as a trustee and guest at the unveiling of the Spike Milligan statue at Avenue House in Finchley on 4 September 2014.
In 2015, PRS for Music established an annual Lynsey De Paul prize for emerging female singer-songwriters in honour of the singer-songrwriter. The 2015 winner of the prize was Emma McGrath, who was presented with the award at an event celebrating the life of Lynsey De Paul, hosted by Esther Rantzen. The second Lynsey De Paul prize was presented to Elsa Hewitt in September 2016.
Known for her sharp sense of humour, de Paul was labelled "Looney de Small" by her friend Spike Milligan. She was a patron of the Spike Milligan Statue Memorial Fund and present for the unveiling of the statue in his honour in September 2014.
During the 1990s de Paul bought a Victorian mansion in North London. She named it "Moot Grange", an anagram of "No Mortgage", after also considering "Gnome Groat" and also "No Meat/Grog", the latter because she was vegetarian and teetotal. De Paul was a long-time campaigner for animal rights and shared the house with a three-legged cat called Tripod.
Lynsey put her career on hold at the end of the 1990's until the end of 2001 to look after her mother, who until she passed away was the company secretary for Lynsey De Paul Music limited.
De Paul suffered a brain haemorrhage on the morning of 1 October 2014 and died in a London hospital. Her niece, Olivia Rubin, told The Times that her death was "completely unexpected", adding: "She was a vegetarian, she didn't smoke, she didn't drink – she was amazing, in fact." Broadcaster and friend Esther Rantzen, for whose television series Hearts of Gold de Paul wrote the theme, said: "She was a renaissance woman. She could do everything: she could sing, she could compose, she was an immensely talented artist. She became a huge star but she was also a loyal and generous friend. It’s an absolutely tragic loss." She was interred with a Humanist funeral at Hendon Cemetery.
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- "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 panflautist Horea Crishan)
- "There's No Place Like London" / "There's No Place Like London" (Karaoke version) (credited as Lynsey & Friends)
- "Storm in a Teacup" ("Sugar Me") (written by de Paul and Ron Roker, a top ten hit the same year for The Fortunes)
- "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") (female trio Thunderthighs had a UK top 30 hit with their version)
- "Dancing on a Saturday Night" ("My Man and Me") (co-written with Barry Blue who had a hit with it)
- "Into My Music" ("Rhythm and Blue Jean Baby")
- "You Made Me Write This Song" ("Hug and Squeeze Me")
- "Shouldn't Say That" (with Mike Moran) ("Rock Bottom")
- 1973: Surprise (titled Sugar Me in Australia)
- 1973: Lynsey Sings (comp.)
- 1973: Greatest Hits (comp.)
- 1974: Taste Me... Don't Waste Me
- 1974: The World of Lynsey de Paul (reissued as Lynsey Sings)
- 1975: Love Bomb
- 1975: No Honestly
- 1976: Getting a Drag - Best Collection (comp., released in Japan only)
- 1979: Tigers and Fireflies
- 1981: Profile (comp.)
- 1990: Before You Go Tonight
- 1994: Lynsey de Paul
- 1994: Greatest Hits (comp.)
- 1995: Sugar Me (comp.)
- 1996: Just a Little Time (aka Sugar Me)
- 2000: Best of the 70s – Lynsey de Paul (comp)
- 2013: Sugar and Beyond (comp.)
- 2013: Into My Music (comp.)
- 2015: Ten Best (comp.)
Hits written for other artists
- 1972: "Storm in a Teacup" (co-written with Ron Roker, #7 hit in the UK for The Fortunes)
- 1972: "On The Ride (You Do It Once, You Do It Twice)" (co-written with Ed Adamberry), #23 hit in the Netherlands for Continental Uptight Band 
- 1973: "Dancin' (on a Saturday Night)" (co-written with Barry Blue), #2 hit in the UK for Barry Blue 
- 1974: "School Love" (co-written with Barry Blue), #11 hit in the UK for Barry Blue 
- 1974: "Miss Hit and Run" (co-written with Barry Blue), #26 hit in the UK for Barry Blue 
- 1974: "Hot Shot" (co-written with Barry Blue), #26 hit in the UK for Barry Blue 
- 1974: "Central Park Arrest" written by Lynsey de Paul, #30 hit in the UK for Thunderthighs 
- 1977: "Let Your Body Go Downtown" (co-written with Mike Moran), #38 hit in the UK for Martyn Ford Orchestra 
- 1977: "Hi Summer" written by Lynsey de Paul, #10 hit in South Africa and #4 hit in Rhodesia for Carl Wayne 
- 1989: "Dancin' (on a Saturday Night)" (remix version co-written with Barry Blue), #86 hit in the UK for Barry Blue 
- 1996: "Martian Man" (track on the maxi-CD "The Milkman" by Juliane Regan's group Mice, #92 hit in the UK.
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|Awards and achievements|
Brotherhood of Man
with "Save Your Kisses for Me"
|UK in the Eurovision Song Contest
(with Mike Moran)
with "The Bad Old Days"