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    Tina Charles

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    Most Popular Songs (more)

    Dance Little Lady Dance lyrics
    2Do What You Wanna Do lyrics
    3Take All Of Me lyrics
    4Love Bug lyrics
    5Love Rocks lyrics
    6Cookie Face lyrics
    7All Comes Back To You lyrics
    8Love Is A Many Splendored Thing lyrics
    9There's No Stopping Us Now lyrics
    10Boogie Round The Clock lyrics

    Most Popular Albums (more)

    Dance Little Lady [1976]
    Heart'N'Soul [1977]
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    Your Love Is My Light [2012]
    4Baby Don't You Know [2011]
    5Feels Like Sunday [2008]
    6Very Best Of [2000]
    7I Love To Love [1976]
    8There's No Stopping Us Now [2011]


    On 10th March 1954 Hilda Hoskins gave birth to the one and only Tina Charles. This momentus occassion took place at the London Hospital, Whitechapel. Proud parents Hilda and Charles new intuitively that Tina was a very special child. Tina had miracuously recovered from "Meningitus". Tina was to follow in her fathers footsteps into the entertainment world. Charles Hoskins was himself an Actor.
    Tina started singing before she could walk. She 'found" the right notes during her time at Coroner Academy of Arts and Drama. Tina's parents knew she needed to go to a dramatic arts school and reflect "from the age of 4 she would have the hair brush in hand and be singing in front of the mirror for hours on end". Tina's first public appearance was at the tender age of 15 when she was the lead singer in a band entertaining American NCO's at a base in Ruislip – "I was never allowed in the bar afterwards because the Americans are so strict about under age drinking, however, I did manage to sneak in once and sample my first Singapore Sling!"
    During this same time Tina recorded three singles for CBS at Chapels Studio in London, one of which, "Good To Be Alive," had the backing vocals of an unknown young man called Reg Dwight, later known as the one and only Elton John – "I can see him now coming in and asking me what I thought of his new crocodile shoes!"
    In 1969 Tina was also appearing weekly on "The Two Ronnie's," a popular British television show, singing cover hits for a period of six weeks. Her cover of Tina Turner's "River Deep, Mountain High" was said to be "as good as the original" by the Radio Times. No mean feat for a 15 year old.
    Most of the time Tina was working with The Tony Evans Orchestra and was performing at the Empire Leicester Square six nights a week. Following this, she went on National and European tours with Englebert Humperdink, Tom Jones and Gilbert O'Sullivan. "It was a great experience and I learned so much." Still to discover fame, Tina was just enjoying singing and travelling.
    For 3 years Tina worked wherever and whenever she could. With the devoted support of her parents, she was always driven door to door and encouraged to work hard, "My parents were my inspiration, they never questioned my choice of careers even though it was an unusual way of life for a young girl"
    In 1973 at the age of 19 Tina joined a band called Northern Lights and was singing mostly cover versions. She also worked with a group called Kilburn & The High Roads that later became Ian Dury and The Blockheads. Also around this time Tina, and good friend and colleague, Linda Lewis were featured on the chorus of "Come Up And See Me" by Steve Harley and the Cockney Rebel.
    Tina was starting to be known for her powerful and piercing voice and slowly more offers were coming in. In 1975 she was booked for a session by Tony Eyers, little did she know at the time that this particular session was to result in a single that sold millions; the song - "I'm On Fire" was listed as by 5000 Volts. Tina recalls, "I think I got 200 (pounds) for that session, it went on to sell millions however I only ever made my 200, that's the way it goes, it was good fun."
    Then came her big break, an introduction through a friend to the well known producer, Biddu. The first single "You Set My Heart On Fire," proved to be good enough to clinch another recording deal with CBS. After the release of the second single "I Love To Love," which sold millions of copies worldwide, Tina found fame at last and as the songs kept selling her audience became wider than she could have ever dreamed of. Biddu comments "For 2 years her songs were dominating the airwaves from Brazil to Bombay" The little person with the big voice was taking the world by storm.
    Between 1975 – 1977 Tina toured the world and reached nearly every major city throughout Europe, Middle East, Asia, Central and South America. "I Love To Love" sold a total of 26 million copies worldwide making it one of the biggest hit singles ever. This was the busiest period of Tina's career as she was whisked from the studio to TV shows and live performances all over the world. Other hits followed soon after including "Disco Fever," "Dance Little Lady," "I'll Go Where The Music Takes Me," "Lovebug" and many more. Tina recalls – "It was like a whirlwind, I didn't even have time to think, the only country I never made was Australia but I had good reason."
    The reason the trip to Australia never materialized was that in June 1977 Tina gave birth to her son by her first husband Bernard Webb, a musician from East London. Max Charles Webb was born at 8:02am on the June 11th at the Wellbeck Clinic in London.
    At the end of 1977 Tina decided she wanted to devote more time to her son and decided to end the touring and return to session singing and jingles. Two years after the birth of their son and following many good times Tina and Bernie divorced.
    During the early 1980's, after a few years of leading a more quite life and witnessing some of the most important events of Max's early years, Tina decided to dedicate more time to working again and released a number of singles. They didn't match her previous success, however in the early 1990's "I Love To Love" was remixed by Sanny X music and made the top ten singles charts all over Europe with a memorable 14 week stint at number 2 in France.
    Tina was again travelling to and from Europe performing in clubs, attending live TV performances and interviews. Max recalls "I was very close to my Grandparents and whenever Mum was away, they were there like a shot, even when I was old enough to look after myself they would still insist, I think they enjoyed the change."
    In 1990 Tina met Tetoo, the romance blossomed and the two eventually married on April 4th,1994. The happy couple live in Surrey. During her 1980's comeback, brother Warren began handling Tina's business affairs and continues his support to this day, along with husband/business partner Tetoo.
    Tina, now a proud grandmother, continues to record, perform and travel extensively. We're happy to see that time has been good to Tina and that the voice we loved so much in our youth is as crystal clear as ever and still going strong.

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