Maxine Daniels

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Maxine Daniels (2 November 1930 – 20 October 2003) was an English jazz singer who worked with Humphrey Lyttelton.[1][2]

Daniels was born Gladys Lynch in Stepney, London, an elder sister of singer and entertainer, Kenny Lynch.[1] Daniels was one of thirteen children.


Daniels' first recognition as a singer came from winning a local talent contest, at the age of 14, in a Stepney cinema.[3] Local recognition lead to a first singing job with a semi-professional band led by a Canning Town grocer[4] until another talent competition organized by the Daily Sketch[5] and sponsored by bandleader Ted Heath.[4] A long residency (1954-56)[5] with bandleader Denny Boyce followed at The Orchid Room in Purley.[2] At Boyce's suggestion she changed her stage name and through their regular Radio Luxembourg broadcasts she gained a wider audience and the opportunity to record for the Oriole label.[5]

Personal life[edit]

She married Charlie Daniels in 1950, and had one daughter together. Charlie Daniels died in 1988. Maxine Daniels died in Romford in 2003, aged 72.[1]



  • Coffee Bar Calypso (Oriole, March 1957) [6]
  • A Foggy Day (Oriole, December 1957)[6]
  • I Never Realised (Oriole, February 1958)[6]
  • Somebody Else Is Taking My Place (Oriole, April 1958) Accompanied by Denny Boyce & His Orchestra[6]
  • When It's Springtime In The Rockies (Oriole, July 1958) Accompanied by Denny Boyce & His Orchestra[6]
  • Passionate Summer (Oriole, October 1958)[6]


  • Pete Corrigan And His Band Of Hope (CBH Records, 1984) , Featuring Maxine Daniels[7]
  • The Magic Of Maxine Daniels... Every Night About This Time (Calligraph Records, 1986)[7]
  • A Pocketful Of Dreams (Calligraph Records, 1987)[7]
  • From The Heart (Calligraph Records, 1993)
  • The Memory of Tonight (Calligraph Records, 1996)[2]


  1. ^ a b c Obituary,; accessed 5 December 2011.
  2. ^ a b c Carr, Ian; Fairweather, Digby; Priestley, Brian (1995). Jazz: the rough guide (1 ed.). London, UK: Rough Guides. p. 152. ISBN 1-85828-137-7. 
  3. ^ 'Encyclopedia of Popular Music' in Oxford Reference
  4. ^ a b Wilmer, Val (30 October 2003). "Maxine Daniels obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 November 2016. 
  5. ^ a b c Oxford Dictionary of National Biography - Maxine Daniels, singer by Val Wilmer
  6. ^ a b c d e f Maxine Daniels - Discography on
  7. ^ a b c Maxine Daniels - Discography on Discogs

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