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    Cleo Laine

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    Most Popular Songs (more)

    1Killing Me Softly With His Song lyrics
    Cleo Laine feat. John Williams
    2Teach Me Tonight lyrics
    3Come Sunday [From Black Brown & Beige] lyrics
    4I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good) lyrics
    George Martin feat. Cleo Laine
    5Love You Madly lyrics
    Mel Tormé feat. Cleo Laine
    6Alfie lyrics
    7I Didn't Know About You lyrics
    8Midnight Sun lyrics
    9I Can Dream, Can't I lyrics
    10Taking A Chance On Love lyrics

    Most Popular Albums (more)

    Quintessential Cleo [1957]
    2Live In Manhattan [1957]
    3Meet Cleo Laine [1957]
    4In Retrospect [1957]
    5Get Happy [1950]
    6Collection [2000]
    7Cleo Sings Sondheim [1988]
    8Beautiful Thing [1994]
    9Cleo Sings British [1955]
    10She's the Tops [1957]


    With a multi-octave voice similar to Betty Carter's, incredible scatting ability, and ease of transition from a throaty whisper to high-pitched trills, Cleo Laine was born in 1927 in the Southall section of London, the daughter of a Jamaican father and English mother. Her parents sent her to vocal and dance lessons as a teenager, but she was 25 when she first sang professionally, after a successful audition with the big band led by Johnny Dankworth. Both Laine and the band recorded for Esquire, MGM and Pye during the late '50s, and by 1958, she was married to Dankworth. With Dankworth by her side, Laine began her solo career in earnest with a 1964 album of Shakespeare lyrics set to Dankworth's arrangements, Shakespeare: And All That Jazz. Laine also gained renown for the first of three concert albums recorded at New York's Carnegie Hall, 1973's Cleo Laine Live! At Carnegie Hall. She also recorded two follow-ups (Return to Carnegie and The 10th Anniversary Concert) the latter of which in 1983 won her the first Grammy award by a Briton. She has proved a rugged stage actress as well, winning a Theater World award for her role in the Broadway musical +The Mystery of Edwin Drood, (in addition to Tony and Drama Desk nominations as well). In 1976 she recorded a jazz version of Porgy and Bess with Ray Charles, and also recorded duets with James Galway and guitarist John Williams. Laine and Dankworth continued to tour into the 1990s, and she received perhaps her greatest honor when she became the first jazz artist to receive the highest title available in the performing arts: Dame Commander. ~ John Bush, All Music Guide.

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