Label: RCA Victor - PPL 1-8071,RCA Victor - 26.21673 • Format: Vinyl LP, Compilation • Country: Germany • Genre: Jazz, Pop, Stage & Screen • Style: Musical, Vocal
Dame Cleo Laine DBE born 28 October is an English jazz and pop singer and an actress, known for her scat singing and for her vocal range.
Though her natural range is that of a contraltoshe is able to produce a G above high Cgiving her an overall compass of well over three Bicycle Race - Queen - Greatest Hits. She is the widow of jazz composer Sir John Dankworth.
Laine was born Clementine Dinah Bullock in UxbridgeMiddlesex to unmarried parents:  Alexander Sylvan Campbell, a black Jamaican who worked as a building labourer  and regularly busked and Minnie Bullock, a white English farmer's daughter from SwindonWiltshire. The family moved round constantly, but most of Laine's childhood was spent in Southall.
She attended the Board School there on Featherstone Road later known as Featherstone Primary School and was sent by her mother for singing and dancing lessons at an early age. She went on to attend Mellow Lane Senior School in Hayes  before going to work as an apprentice hairdresser, a hat-trimmer, a librarian, and in a pawnbroker's shop.
The couple divorced in Laine did not take up singing professionally until her mid-twenties. Dankworth and Laine married that year  in secret at Hampstead Register Office. The only witnesses were the couple's friend, pianist Ken Mouleand Dankworth's arranger, David Lindup. The couple had two children, who are both successful musicians in their own right: Alec who lives in the US, and Jacquia British singer who has released a number of albums. She played the lead in a new play at London's Royal Court Theatrehome of the new wave of playwrights of the s such as John Osborne and Harold Pinter.
During this period, she had two major recording successes. In her Shakespeare and All that Jazz album with Dankworth was well received. Dankworth and Laine founded the Stables theatre in in what was the old stables block in the grounds of their home.
It was an immediate success, with 47 concerts given in the first year. Laine's international activities began inwith a successful first tour of Australia. Shortly afterwards, her career in the United States was launched with a concert at New York's Lincoln Centerfollowed in by the first of many Carnegie Hall appearances.
Coast-to-coast tours of the US and Canada soon followed, and with them a succession of record albums and television appearancesincluding The But Not For Me - Cleo Laine - The Fantastic Cleo Laine Show in She has continued to tour periodically, including in Australia in Other important recordings during that time were duet albums with Ray Charles Porgy and Bess as well as Arnold Schoenberg 's Pierrot LunaireBut Not For Me - Cleo Laine - The Fantastic Cleo Laine which she received a Grammy Award nomination.
In she starred in Colettea musical by Dankworth. The show began at the Stables theatre, Wavendonin and transferred to the Comedy TheatreLondon, in September By the late s, Laine's concerts sold out across the globe, usually supported by Frankie Laine - September In The Rain with his band, orchestra or smaller group.
They were one of the few couples where both partners held their titles in their own right and the only couple in jazz to be thus recognised. Dankworth died on 6 Februaryhours before a planned concert at the Stables theatre in Wavendon to celebrate the venue's 40th anniversary.
He had been ill for several months following a concert tour in the United States. Despite her grief, Laine performed at the 40th anniversary concert, along with the John Dankworth Big Band and several members of her family — only announcing his death at the end. Laine's decision to perform featured on newspaper front pages all over the world, including a full photograph of her on the front page of The Times.
A week after Dankworth's death, Laine stepped in for her late husband and appeared again in concert at Pinner in north west London. Laine continued to perform and give interviews in the months following Dankworth's death.
She appeared as a headline act at the Music in the Garden festival at Wavendon in June and July The recording featured the Dankworth Big Band playing new compositions written by Dankworth for the couple's performance at the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall. Laine is famed for not only her interpretative style, but also her almost-four-octave range and vocal adaptability.
As well as hitting deep soulful notes, Laine's scatting and top notes have become her signature. Though her natural range is that of a contraltoshe is able to produce a G above high C. Derek Jewel of the Sunday Times dubbed her "quite simply the best singer in the world.
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