Hazel O'Connor

Genres: Musicals & The Arts Pop / Rock Soundtrack
Decades: 1980s 1990s 2000s


16 May 1955, Coventry, Warwickshire, England. O’Connor’s introduction to showbusiness involved working as a dancer and started with a minor movie role in Girls Come First. At the close of the 70s, she signed to the Albion label and issued the single ‘Ee-I-Adio’, which failed to sell. Her profile increased when she appeared in the movie Breaking Glass, a melodramatic portrayal of a fictional rock star. O’Connor’s aggressive singing style and confrontational appearance was used to good effect on the Tony Visconti -produced ‘Eighth Day’ (complete with ‘robotic’ intonation) which reached the UK Top 5 in 1980. The following year, she registered two further Top 10 singles, ‘D-Days’ and the uncharacteristic ballad ‘Will You’. Various disputes with her record company and management slowed down her career. In 1984, she recorded Smile for RCA Records but the record sold poorly and the label declined to...

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