Here, in three exciting volumes, best-selling biographer David Bret tells the Brit Girl’s stories lovingly, with honesty and compassion.
KATHY KIRBY: Britain’s glamorous answer to Marilyn Monroe—a phenomenally talented but tetchy individual for whom there was no such thing as a bad take.
DUSTY SPRINGFIELD: The creator of the unique style known as “blue-eyed soul”—a self-fabricated, difficult yet vulnerable enigma who allowed few access to her complex world where at times there was little difference between reality and make-believe.
CILLA BLACK: The only important female singer to emerge from the “Mersey Sound”, the girl-next-door whose speciality was British and Continental powerhouse ballads, a field within which she was unrivalled.
HELEN SHAPIRO: The teenage sensation whose commercial career ended as the other Brit Girls were coming into their own, though she went on to be a fine, successful jazz-singer.
MARIANNE FAITHFULL: The most enigmatic of the Brit Girls, no less popular today than back then, whose fall from grace made world headlines, but who dragged herself out of the mire to become—and remain—one of the world’s most prestigious entertainers.
SANDIE SHAW: The “Barefoot Princess” and one of the decade’s most alluring images—she topped the British charts three times, won Eurovision, sang with The Smiths, and while the world was still at her feet bowed out of the music scene, never to return.
LULU: The wee Scottish lassie with the voice which could demolish a skyscraper—the only Brit Girl to top the US charts, she married a Bee Gee, also won Eurovision, and following a slump in her career made a spectacular return singing with the boy band, Take That.