Sunday, 22 May 2011
Kathy Kirby was part of my teenage years, along with Lulu, Dusty and Cilla. We danced to their recordings, copied their hairstyles and attempted to apply the heavy black cake eyeliner and mascara which was part of their public personae.
Like some singers of that era she drifted from the music scene and I assumed she had withdrawn in order to bring up a family. Sadly that was not the case.
I wonder how many of today's singers could give such a powerful live performance without the aid of modern digital techniques. Who needed them then when they had one of the wonderful big bands to provide support?