|Genres:||Pop / Rock|
|Tags:||60s oldies male vocalists classic rock easy listening pop jazz 50s moje standards|
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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 Jacks The Boy. Later, as a backstage assistant at Her Majestys Theatre in London, he became the protégé of Canadian stage star Bill OConnor, 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 Britains number one band singer, a heart-throb who set the...