Dickie Valentine

Genres: Pop / Rock
Tags: 60s oldies easy listening male vocalists classic rock pop jazz 50s moje standards Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1990s 2000s
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Richard Brice, 4 November 1929, London, England, d. 6 May 1971, Wales. An extremely popular singer in the UK during the 50s. At the age of three, Valentine appeared in the Jack Hulbert / Cicely Courtneidge comedy film Jack’s The Boy. Later, as a backstage assistant at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London, he became the protégé of Canadian stage star Bill O’Connor, who sent him for singing tuition. After playing the club circuit as a singer/impressionist Valentine made his debut with the successful Ted Heath band in a broadcast from Aeolian Hall. Initially, Heath featured him as a straight ballad vocalist, but later allowed him to display his range of impressions, including those of Mario Lanza, Nat ‘King’ Cole, Billy Daniels and an accurate parody of Johnnie Ray.

Good-looking, with dark, curly hair and a rich melodic voice, Valentine became Britain’s number one band singer, a heart-throb who set the...

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