Cleo Laine

Genres: Jazz Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Vocals
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Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Biography

Clementina Dinah Campbell, 28 October 1927, Southall, Middlesex, England. Laine’s earliest performance was as an extra in the film, The Thief Of Baghdad (1940). Her singing career started with Johnny Dankworth’s big band in the early 50s, where she worked with some of the best modern jazz musicians available. She married Dankworth in 1958 and since then they have become one of the UK’s best-known partnerships, although they have both developed additional separate careers.

Throughout the 60s, Laine began extending her repertoire adding to the usual items like ‘Ridin’ High’, ‘I Got Rhythm’ and ‘Happiness Is Just A Thing Called Joe’, arrangements of lyrics by literary figures like Eliot, Hardy, Auden and Shakespeare (Word Songs). Her varied repertoire also includes Kurt Weill and Schoenberg’s ‘Pierrot Lunaire’. She possesses a quite unique voice that spans a number of octaves from...

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