Alma Cogan

Genres: Easy Listening Pop / Rock
Tags: female vocalists 60s pop jazz oldies 60s girls 50s british Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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19 May 1932, London, England, d. 26 October 1966, London, England. After appearing in the stage shows Sauce Tartare and High Button Shoes, Cogan was spotted by A&R representative Wally Ridley and signed to HMV Records. Although she began her career as a balladeer, her breakthrough came with the novelty hit ‘Bell Bottom Blues’, which reached the Top 5 in the UK in 1954. A cover version of Kitty Kallen’s ‘Little Things Mean A Lot’ followed quickly and during that same year Cogan appeared with Frankie Vaughan on a couple of unsuccessful singles. Her lone UK number 1 occurred in the spring of 1955 with ‘Dreamboat’ and the following Christmas she was back with the novelty ‘Never Do A Tango With An Eskimo’. A duet with Ronnie Hilton appeared on the b-side of his chart-topper ‘No Other Love’, and throughout this period Cogan earnestly covered a string of US hits including Jewel Akens’ ‘The Birds And...

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