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Women in Music

In 1974, when Brian Matthew asked Lyn Paul what she had in her record collection, Lyn replied: "Mainly Peggy Lee and Julie London, Liza Minnelli and Pet Clark, that kind of thing." In an interview in 2007 she said: "I was a bit old-fashioned even when I was young and wanted to be like the entertainers I looked up to. People like Frank Sinatra, Shirley Bassey, Peggy Lee and Julie London were my influences - and Petula Clark. I was a great fan of Pet Clark" (Evening News, Friday, 13th April 2007). Discussing her favourites in a radio interview with David Jensen, Lyn said: "I think I was born in the wrong time." (From The Bottom To The Top, Capital Gold, 20th July 2006)

The list of women singers below not only includes some of Lyn's favourites, singers whom she admires and who have influenced her career, it also includes a number of her contemporaries who may appeal to you if you like Lyn Paul.


Shirley Bassey
Matraca Berg
Cilla Black
Mary Black
Suzy Bogguss
Mary Chapin Carpenter
Eva Cassidy
Patsy Cline
Connie Francis
Emmylou Harris
Norah Jones
k.d. lang
Brenda Lee
Peggy Lee


Sinéad Lohan
Julie London
Lulu
Mama Cass
Bette Midler
Liza Minnelli
Dolly Parton
Gretchen Peters
Kim Richey
Diana Ross
Barbra Streisand
Wynonna
Trisha Yearwood
Timi Yuro


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Something (album cover).

Shirley Bassey
Something



Lying To The Moon (CD cover).

Matraca Berg
Lying To The Moon



Without The Fanfare (CD cover).

Mary Black
Without The Fanfare


Shirley Bassey

Drama, glamour and every song a showstopper! Tony Patrick's description of Lyn Paul's "sassy approach and glitzy style" could equally apply to Dame Shirley.


Matraca Berg

Matraca Berg writes beautifully crafted songs with subtle and observant lyrics. With a queue of women singers waiting to sing them, her songs usually appear on recordings by other artists. Occasionally she makes her own albums. Lying To The Moon and Sunday Morning to Saturday Night are particularly recommended.


Cilla Black

Lyn Paul on Cilla Black's career: "She has been brilliant, hasn't she? I mean, to sustain it for as long as she has and to look as good as she looks as well. We could all wish for a career like that. I think she's been fabulous and I love her." (20th July 2006, From The Bottom To The Top, Capital Gold)


Mary Black

The natural beauty of Mary Black's voice can be best appreciated on early albums of hers such as Without The Fanfare, where her vocal styling and the arrangements are "stripped of all that much ado."


Mary Black.

Mary Black
Photo used with kind permission of Mark Van Setten,
Mary Black website.


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Aces (CD cover).

Suzy Bogguss
Aces

Suzy Bogguss

Under-rated country singer and songwriter, Suzy Bogguss sings with clarity and conviction. Her singing is heartfelt without being overly sentimental and her recordings have an honesty about them without being "apple pie" wholesome.


Suzy Bogguss.

Suzy Bogguss
Photo used with kind permission of Mark Hawkins,
Bogguss.com.


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Come On Come On (CD cover).

Mary Chapin Carpenter
Come On Come On



Songbird (CD cover).

Eva Cassidy
Songbird


Mary Chapin Carpenter

A Washington-based singer-songwriter whose style is a mix of country, folk and pop. Her songs range from the contemplative to the cheeky and, whether they make you laugh or cry, they nearly always combine an intelligent lyric with a memorable tune.


Eva Cassidy

Blues, folk, gospel, jazz - Eva Cassidy's music is hard to categorise. But whatever the style, it is her voice that shines through - heartfelt, honest, sublime. Eva Cassidy was a great interpreter of songs. She could take even the best-known songs and make them her own, be it Judy Garland's Over The Rainbow or Fleetwood Mac's Songbird, Paul Simon's Kathy's Song or Cyndi Lauper's Time After Time.


Patsy Cline

The voice that launched a thousand careers! Patsy Cline was a pioneer amongst women singers in country music and an inspiration to both her contemporaries and the generations of women singers who followed her. She was the first woman to establish a career for herself in country music, the first to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and the first to cross over into the pop market. On the best of her recordings her voice soars and swoops. There's a bitter-sweet quality to many of her songs accentuated by the distinctive catch in her voice.


Patsy Cline.

Patsy Cline
Photo used with kind permission of Per Jonsson.


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Who's Sorry Now (album cover).

Connie Francis
Who's Sorry Now


Connie Francis

Sentimental songs and chirpy tunes, all sung with a smile, including Who's Sorry Now?, Lipstick On Your Collar, Stupid Cupid and Where The Boys Are.

Lyn Paul's 1974 version of Who's Sorry Now injects a bit more pace and pizzazz into the song than the Connie Francis original. In addition to singing Who's Sorry Now, Lyn also performed Lipstick On Your Collar when she appeared on the It's Cliff Richard show in August 1974.


Connie Francis.

Connie Francis
Photo used with kind permission of Mike Wright.


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Elite Hotel (album cover).

Emmylou Harris
Elite Hotel



Come Away With Me (CD cover).

Norah Jones
Come Away With Me



Ingenue (CD cover).

k d lang
Ingenue


Emmylou Harris

The singer everyone wants to record with, Emmylou's voice has a haunting, mournful quality that sends shivers down your spine. Like Lyn Paul, Emmylou Harris recorded the Lennon and McCartney classic Here, There And Everywhere. In 1992 she also recorded the Goffin / King composition Child Of Mine, which Lyn Paul had recorded with the New Seekers in 1971.


Norah Jones

Mellow pop with hints of country, soul and jazz.


k d lang

From country to crooning, k.d. lang is the epitome of style.


Brenda Lee

Known as "little Miss Dynamite", Brenda Lee knows how to pack a punch when it comes to interpreting a song.


Brenda lee.

Brenda Lee
Photo used with kind permission of
Ann Williams,
Brenda Lee "A Fan's Tribute Web Site".


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Bridge Over Troubled Water (CD cover).

Peggy Lee
Bridge Over
Troubled Water



No Mermaid (CD cover).

Sinéad Lohan
No Mermaid



Julie Is Her Name (album cover).

Julie London
Julie Is Her Name,
Vol. 1


Peggy Lee

In Lyn Paul's words: "Peggy Lee was one of the great song stylists."

Asked to choose her top ten songs by showbiz writer Phil Penfold, Lyn put Peggy Lee's What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life at the top of her list. "A song that I often sing for my husband Alan, because the lyrics tell that special person exactly how you feel for them." (Doncaster Free Press, 17th April 2007) The song, written by Michel Legrand, Marilyn Bergman and Alan Bergman, was one of the highlights of Peggy Lee's 1970 album Bridge Over Troubled Water.

What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life has appealed to a number of women singers, with notable versions by Julie Andrews, Shirley Bassey, Alison Moyet, Dusty Springfield and Barbra Streisand.


Sinéad Lohan

She may be "no mermaid" but her songs have an other-worldly quality about them. Sinéad Lohan is not only one of the best contemporary songwriters, she is also a fine singer, with a warm, natural voice and a relaxed delivery.


Julie London

Julie London will forever be associated with the song Cry Me A River, a million-selling hit for her in the USA in 1955 and a hit in the UK two years later.


Lulu

She burst onto the pop scene in 1964 with Shout, won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1969 with Boom Bang-A-Bang and finally had her first UK number 1 with Relight My Fire (a duet with Take That) in 1993. Of all Lulu's recordings, Lyn Paul's favourite is Oh Me, Oh My - "A song about everything that you'd do to keep someone in your life. It gets me every time!" (Doncaster Free Press, 17th April 2007)


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Dream A Little Dream Of Me (album cover).

Mama Cass
Dream A Little
Dream Of Me



Gypsy (CD cover).

Bette Midler
Gypsy



Results (album cover).

Liza Minnelli
Results


Mama Cass Elliot

Cass Elliot was described by Richard Blackwell in his Ten Worst Dressed Women list of 1968 as "Little Orphan Annie in gowns by Oscar Meyer." Whatever her fashion sense, it was her warm voice and charisma that really distinguished her.

Cass Elliot found fame in 1965 with The Mamas and The Papas but when the group split up in 1968, she struck out on her own. Three years of success with a vocal harmony group, followed by what her website describes as a "solid solo career". Does this sound familiar?

In 1974, the year when Mama Cass died, Lyn Paul had her example to follow. Mama Cass had used The Mamas and The Papas' last hit, Dream A Little Dream Of Me, to launch her solo career. The song became her signature tune. When the New Seekers split up, Lyn also had a high profile, having sung the lead vocal on the New Seekers' last number 1 hit, You Won't Find Another Fool Like Me. The song became Lyn's signature tune and gave her the launchpad for her own successful solo career.


Bette Midler

In addition to their on stage charisma and rapport with an audience, Bette Midler and Lyn Paul share a song and a situation in common.

In 1986 Bette Midler became a mum at 40. That same year, aged 37, Lyn Paul told the TV Times: "I often say I would love a baby, but I think it has probably all passed for me now." Three years later Lyn also became a mum at 40!

In 1989 Bette Midler had an international hit with Wind Beneath My Wings. In 1994 Lyn Paul won the Euro Country Music Masters in Holland singing the same song.


Liza Minnelli

Like Liza, like Lyn! In 1973, when the New Seekers toured the USA with Liza Minnelli, Lyn Paul would make a point of watching Liza while she was on stage - "If I've learned anything about stagecraft, then I've learnt it from her ... I watched every show she did and I think I learnt more from her than from anybody else in the business." In 1974, when Lyn went solo, she named Liza's show as "the kind of act I'm aiming at."


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Jolene (album cover).

Dolly Parton
Jolene



The Secret Of Life (CD cover).

Gretchen Peters
The Secret
Of Life



Kim Richey (CD cover).

Kim Richey
Kim Richey



Eaten Alive (album cover).

Diana Ross
Eaten Alive


Dolly Parton

P is for Parton and P is for personality, which Dolly possesses aplenty. She's written some great songs including I Will Always Love You, Jolene and The Seeker, which was recorded by the New Seekers in 1976 after Lyn Paul had left the group.


Gretchen Peters

Gretchen Peters can hold a tune but her real strength is her songwriting. Her album The Secret Of Life is well worth a listen but, for the more polished versions of her songs, you should look to the likes of Martina McBride and Trisha Yearwood.


Kim Richey

Another talented songwriter whose recordings have a rough 'n' ready quality about them. Kim Richey's songs have been recorded by Suzy Bogguss and Trisha Yearwood. If it's classy vocals and a smoother sound you're after then you'll prefer these cover versions of her songs.


Diana Ross

In 1971 the New Seekers' Never Ending Song Of Love was kept off the top spot in the UK by Diana Ross' first solo number 1, I'm Still Waiting. Unless, of course, your read the NME, in which case you'll remember that the New Seekers kept Ms. Ross waiting for a week before she made it to the top.

In 1974, when Lyn Paul and Marty Kristian were guests on the radio show My Top 12, Lyn introduced one of Peter Oliver's favourites - a Diana Ross hit from the previous year, Touch Me In The Morning. The song is also one of Lyn's favourites but, as she told Brian Matthew, she'd managed to lose her copy of the record while the New Seekers were in America: "I bought one of her albums, which was 'Touch Me In The Morning', and put it in my suitcase to bring home and I lost my suitcase!."


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Barbra Joan Streisand (CD cover).

Barbra Streisand
Barbra Joan Streisand



Tell Me Why (CD cover).

Wynonna
Tell Me Why



Hurt (CD cover).

Timi Yuro
Hurt:
The Best Of
Timi Yuro


Barbra Streisand

Between 1971 and 1974 Barbra Streisand recorded three songs that were also recorded by Lyn Paul while she was with the New Seekers - I'll Be Home, Beautiful and Crying Time.


Wynonna

Raunchy isn't the word. Oh yes it is! This is country clad in leather and sung with a growl. If you enjoy those songs where Lyn Paul really lets rip, then you ought to give Wynonna a whirl.


Trisha Yearwood

Trisha Yearwood has matured into one of the finest singers of today. She knows how to pick a good song and her interpretation and phrasing are superb.


Trisha Yearwood.

Trisha Yearwood
Photo used with kind permission of
Veronica Conaway
Trisha World.


Timi Yuro

One of Lyn Paul's favourite songs is Timi Yuro's début single, Hurt, a Top 5 hit in the USA in 1961. Lyn included the song on her album Late Night, recorded a year or so after Timi Yuro's death on 30th March 2004.


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What do men know?

Remember two things. First, when you sing a song you must mean every word of it. Next, you must always dress beautifully.
Ted Heath (bandleader),
advice to Alma Cogan
(quoted in 'She Bop' by Lucy O'Brien)

Definition of a true musician: one who, when he hears a lady singing in the bathtub, he puts his ear to the keyhole.
Morey Amsterdam


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