Elaine Delmar

Decades: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s


13 September 1939, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, England. Delmar is a smooth jazz singer whose style was doubtless influenced by her Jamaican-born father, the jazz trumpeter, Leslie ‘Jiver’ Hutchinson. After studying music from the age of six, she made her first broadcast, as a pianist, seven years later on BBC radio’s Children’s Hour. While still at school, she sang with her father’s band at US Air Force bases in Britain, and was on tour with him at the time of his fatal accident in 1959. In 1952 she appeared in a revival of Finian’s Rainbow in Liverpool. For a while she was a member of the Dominoes group, before going solo and playing the club circuit and touring overseas. From the early 60s, she made several appearances on the London stage in shows such as No Strings, Cowardy Custard, Bubbling Brown Sugar (with Billy Daniels), The Wiz and Jerome Kern Goes To Hollywood (1985), which marked the centenary of the composer’s birth....

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