Legend Lulu to Play Guilfest

Lulu has reached legendary status … She is the only British female solo artist to appear in the charts for five straight decades …

Richard Dyer

Date published: 11th May 2005

Lulu has reached legendary status … She is the only British female solo artist to appear in the charts for five straight decades. And this summer at Guilfest 2005 you can see exactly why.

And now it’s celebration time as Lulu embarks on her second tour in this her 40th year as a hit artist and takes the story from her beginnings as a multi-talented 15 year old through to the present day where she remains one of the UK's most successful true divas. Lulu’s label have marked the occasion by putting together all the landmark songs of her amazing career on one definitive album. ‘Lulu – the Greatest Hits’ as well as a brand new album ‘Back On Track’.

Lulu says “ When we were compiling the Greatest Hits album it really hit home to me how incredibly fortunate I had been, I’ve worked with so many talented people that have no doubt contributed to my success”.

From the first notes of her first hit, we knew Lulu instantly. Born Marie MacDonald McLaughlin Lawrie in Lennox Castle, Glasgow, she positively exploded onto the British and International pop scene in 1964 at the tender age of 15 with ‘Shout’.

From that point on Lulu was set for the top. In America an amazing thing happened when in 1966, Lulu landed a role in the politically prescient movie ‘To Sir with love’, with Sidney Poitier, and her haunting title song, originally a B-side, was flipped by American radio and raced to the No.1 spot in the States, where it stayed for an amazing five weeks, selling over a million copies and in the process making Lulu the first British female artist to have a No.1 in the States!!!!

Decade after decade the hits keep coming. In 1974, David Bowie produced and played on her hit ‘The Man Who Sold The World’. 1986 brought a new top ten for a dance remix of ‘Shout’. Lulu’s next reinvention came in 1993, when she released the acclaimed ‘Independence’ album, with her soul influences more to the fore than ever. The same year Lulu hit No.1 in the UK charts accompanying Take That on the smash hit ‘Relight My Fire’.

2002 brought ‘Together’, an album of duets for which Lulu was joined by contemporaries such as Elton John, Paul McCartney and Sting as well as bright young chart stars like Atomic Kitten, Westlife and Ronan Keating, with whom Lulu had the top five hit single ‘We’ve Got Tonight’. The album promptly turned Gold twice over.

Lulu also on behalf to Great Britain won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1969  and is a member of the exclusive international club of international artists such as Madonna, Tom Jones, Louis Armstrong, Shirley Bassey, Duran Duran, Paul McCartney, Tina Turner etc. who have performed a James Bond theme.

Having proved herself as a major songwriting talent by writing the Grammy Award nominated song 'I Don't Want To Fight' for Tina Turner, Lulu was approached by the UK’s most listened to radio station Radio 2 to host a new programme on Sunday afternoons about songwriting.

Lulu has just embarked to rave reviews on a second tour within a year after sell-out shows in March which was her first tour in 15 years. The set is a great mix of the best of her hits, some new tracks co written with her brother along with other well known songs Lulu has recorded or performed during her illustrious career. Lulu is performing with the best musicians she has worked with in recent years and audiences agree giving her the longest ovations she has had in her career to date.

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