|Tags:||female vocalists oldies 60s pop jazz 60s girls 50s alma cogan british|
|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 Kallens 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...