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Best Of Both Worlds , by Lulu

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Published on Jan 20, 2013

Lulu was born in Lennox Castle, Lennoxtown (not far from Glasgow, Scotland) on November 3rd, 1948. She was given the name Marie McDonald McLaughlin Lawrie. Lulu was the eldest of four. She grew up in the Dennistoun section of Glasgow, Scotland. Her first public singing appearance occurred at a Coronation Party when she was four. She started performing at clubs in and around Glasgow and Edinburgh after joining a group that was called "The Gleneagles" at the age of fourteen.

She came to the attention of Marion Massey, who later became her manager and mentor, while performing with the Gleneagles. Massey piloted her career successfully over the next 25 years. When their management agreement took them to London to record, Massey decided to change the group's name to "The Luvvers". At that time, Marion Massey also changed Marie McDonald McLaughlin Lawrie's name to Lulu. The Luvvers were signed to Decca Records. This was the beginning of Lulu's illustrious career in theatre, radio, and the recording /television studios which spanned more than four decades. Lulu toured Poland with The Hollies in 1966 as the first British female singer to make a live appearance behind the Iron Curtain. After the polish tour, another tour with Roy Orbison and The Walker Brothers commenced in the British Isles. In 1966, she left Decca and signed with Columbia to be produced by Mickie Most. During that same year, Lulu appeared on 'Three of a Kind' in her first part on a BBC Television series. During the summer of 1966, she embarked on a tour of the U. S. making appearances on venues like 'The Ed Sullivan Show', 'David Frost Show', and 'Johnny Carson Show'. She made her film d├ębut in 1967 by performing the title tune for 'To Sir, with Love', which stared Sidney Poitier. That recording went to No. 1 in the U.S. Lulu married Maurice Gibb of The Bee Gees' in 1969.

She performed the title song for the James Bond film 'The Man with the Golden Gun' in 1974. During the 1980s her chart presence faded, but she maintained a showing by acting and hosting a radio show on London's Capital Radio station. Lulu composed the song, "I Don't Wanna Fight", which was sung by Tina Turner on the 1993 soundtrack for 'What's Love Got to Do With It'. In 1999, she contributed to the Tim Rice and Elton John soundtrack for the musical "Aida".

She was made an OBE (The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) by Queen Elizabeth in 2000.
In 2002, her album 'Together' was released as a collection of duets with Cliff Richard, Elton John, Paul McCartney, Ronan Keating and Sting.

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Sections 107 through 118 of the copyright law (title 17, U. S. Code).

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