Leo began as a songwriter and co wrote with David Courtney. Roger Daltry liked his songs so much that he recorded a few, but he is for another post.
It has taken me so long to write this because I have been stuck on you tube listening to all his hits song and being transported back in time. His songs were really good.
Before you all rush to you tube you can have a listen to his first song here.
Lulu was a lass from Dennistoun in Glasgow about fives minutes from where I lived. She began her pop career at fifteen when she was signed by a London agent and moved to the big smoke. Shout, The boat that I Row, and I'm a tiger, are just a few of her hits. She won The Eurovison Song Contest in 1969 with Boom Bang a Bang.
Lulu starred in To Sir With Love alongside Sidney Poitier. The title song which she sang became a number one hit both in the UK and America.
My mum worked in a factory that made strawberry baskets along with Lulu's mum and her auntie. She told me her mum was very talented and everyone would divide the work amongst themselves to free her to entertain them with her singing. Lulu was christened wearing a little matinee jacket which my mum knitted, you can imagine how delighedt I was as a young girl to hear that. Mum remembers Lulu as a tiny three year old being taught to sing the song, "The knee bone's connected to the thigh bone" while dressed in a skeleton costume.
I never managed to meet Lulu although my mum and aunt met her and her mum while shopping in town, I was so mad I wasn't there.
Lulu is still beautiful today and has recently appeared on Strictly Come Dancing. She has certainly kept her youthful looks.
|Lulu,taking part in Strictly|
Louise was not famous during the sixties or seventies, but she was my best friend and all the memories I am reliving from A to Z are part of her childhood too. That's why I can't pass by the letter L without giving her a mention. I met Louise at Sunday School I can't remember what age I was but we didn't become good friends until we went to Secondary School mostly because she didn't live near me. I wrote a poem about our friendship Friend For Keeps and I posted about our first holiday on our own Here
We lived in each others houses at weekends. Louise talks as much as I do so there was never a dull moment, I don't think we ever slept.
We went through the trials of being a teenager, confided in one another and dried each others tears. As the styles changed we wore mini, midi and maxi dresses. Low heels, high heels, wedges and platforms. Loved the same pop stars and argued over who love them most. We both coveted the clothes and lifestyle of her big sister Caroline who was nearly five years older than us. We wanted to be her, she seemed to have such an exciting time, going to bars and clubs and her clothes and make up were amazing. Like all young people we wanted to grow up too fast.
I know Louise reads this, so thank you Louise for sharing it all with me,we had a blast!
|Louise on the left.Same hairstyles and tops, just different colours|