The Info List - Barbara Dickson

Barbara Ruth Dickson, OBE (born Dunfermline, Fife, 27 September 1947)[1] is a Scottish singer whose hits include "I Know Him So Well", "Answer Me" and "January February". Dickson has placed fifteen albums in the UK Albums Chart from 1977 to date, and had a number of hit singles, including four which reached the Top 20 in the UK Singles Chart.[2] The Scotsman
The Scotsman
newspaper has described her as Scotland's best-selling female singer in terms of the numbers of hit chart singles and albums she has achieved in the UK since 1976.[3] She is also a two-time Olivier Award-winning actress,[4] with roles including Viv Nicholson in the musical Spend Spend Spend, and she was the original Mrs. Johnston in Willy Russell's long-running musical Blood Brothers.[5] On TV she starred as Anita Braithwaite in Band of Gold.


1 Career

1.1 Early years 1.2 Mainstream success 1.3 1990s and beyond 1.4 Recent career

2 Personal life 3 Selected discography 4 References

Career[edit] Early years[edit] Dickson went to Woodmill High School and Dunfermline
High School in Dunfermline. Previously she lived in "Dolly Town", Rosyth, which no longer exists as it was demolished in early 1970, and Dunfermline
in the 1960s . Her father was a cook on a tugboat at Rosyth
Dockyard and her mother was from Liverpool. She went to Camdean
Primary School.[6] and Pitcorthie Primary School when she moved to Dunfermline. Dickson's singing career started in folk clubs around her native Fife in 1964. Her first commercial recording was in 1968. Her early work included albums with Archie Fisher, the first of which, The Fate O' Charlie, a collection of songs from the Jacobite rebellions, was released in 1969. Her first solo album was Do Right Woman in 1970. Mainstream success[edit] She became a well-known face on the British folk circuit of the late 1960s and early 1970s, but changed her career course after meeting Willy Russell. He was at that time a young student running a folk club in Liverpool. He showed Dickson the first draft of what later became the award-winning musical, John, Paul, George, Ringo … and Bert, and asked her to perform the music. The combination of fine writing, a superb cast of young unknowns (including Antony Sher, Bernard Hill
Bernard Hill
and Trevor Eve) and Dickson's idiosyncratic interpretation of Beatles songs made the show hugely successful.[7] The show's co-producer, Robert Stigwood, signed Dickson to his record label, RSO Records, where she recorded the album Answer Me, arranged and produced by Junior Campbell, the title track becoming a Top 10 hit in 1976. John, Paul, George, Ringo … and Bert also led to her guest residency on The Two Ronnies, which brought Dickson's singing to the attention of more than ten million BBC Television
BBC Television
viewers every week.[8] Andrew Lloyd Webber
Andrew Lloyd Webber
and Tim Rice
Tim Rice
also spotted Dickson in John, Paul, George, Ringo … and Bert, and invited her to record "Another Suitcase in Another Hall" from their new musical Evita, which became her second hit in 1977. She contributed two tracks to Scouse the Mouse a children's album (1977) with Ringo Starr
Ringo Starr
and others. Also during the late 1970s, Dickson also contributed backing vocals to two best-selling albums by the Scottish singer-songwriter, Gerry Rafferty: City to City
City to City
(1978) and Night Owl (1979). Other solo hits including "Caravan Song" and "January February", followed for Dickson in 1980.[9] In 1982, Willy Russell invited Dickson to star in his new musical Blood Brothers in the pivotal role of the mother, Mrs. Johnstone. Although at first reluctant to accept, having never acted before, she accepted and garnered critical acclaim as well as 'Actress of the Year in a Musical' from the Society of West End Theatres in 1984. She has reprised the role many times, the latest being 2004 at the Liverpool Empire Theatre. Later in 1984, Tim Rice
Tim Rice
approached Dickson to take part in the cast album recording of the musical Chess, which included the song "I Know Him So Well", a duet sung with Elaine Paige. The song was a worldwide hit, and remained at number one in the UK Singles Chart
UK Singles Chart
for four weeks.[2] It is still cited in the Guinness World Records
Guinness World Records
as the best-selling female duet of all-time.[10] 1990s and beyond[edit] During the 1990s, Dickson appeared in various television dramas including Taggart, Band of Gold and The Missing Postman. The writer and director Chris Bond created a stage show for Dickson in 1996 called The Seven Ages of Woman, which won her the Liverpool
Echo 'Actress of the Year Award'. It premiered at the Liverpool
Playhouse and toured extensively in 1997 and 1998. In 1999, Dickson starred in Spend Spend Spend, a new musical by Steve Brown and Justin Greene. The show, based on the rollercoaster life story of pools winner, Viv Nicholson, played in the West End to capacity audiences. For her portrayal of Nicholson, she was awarded 'Best Actress in a Musical' at the 2000 Laurence Olivier Awards. She went on to star in the UK tour of the show. Further theatre work followed in Friends Like This, the Heather Brothers musical A Slice of Saturday Night and Fame. During 2006, Dickson appeared as the Timekeeper in Alan Ayckbourn
Alan Ayckbourn
and Denis King's fantasy musical play Whenever for BBC Radio 4. She has returned to TV in the BBC daytime drama series Doctors and her episode, "Mama Sings The Blues", was broadcast in March 2008.[11] In 2003, Dickson worked with Russell again, providing backing vocals for his album Hoovering the Moon. In 2004 The Platinum Collection, featuring some of her most successful recordings, reached number 35 in the UK Albums Chart.[2] Her 2004 album, Full Circle, was produced and arranged by Troy Donockley, and saw Dickson returning to her folk roots. In 2006, she issued a collection of the songs of Lennon, McCartney and Harrison, Nothing's Gonna Change My World.[12] Recent career[edit] Dickson's twenty-fourth studio album, Time and Tide, was released in January 2008 featuring a mix of contemporary and folk songs, including "Palm Sunday", which marked Dickson's return to songwriting after a break of almost twenty years. A live DVD, Into the Light, was released to coincide with the release of Time and Tide and included, as well as some of her best-loved hits, several tracks from her new album. A double live CD, Barbara Dickson in Concert, was released in April 2009 and was followed later in the year by her autobiography, A Shirtbox Full of Songs. Between February and March 2011, Dickson undertook a tour of the UK and Ireland to promote her new studio album, Words Unspoken. Arranged and produced by Troy Donockley, the album included tracks such as "Bridge Over Troubled Water", "Jamie Raeburn" and "The Trees They Do Grow High".[13] A tribute album to her friend Gerry Rafferty – To Each And Everyone – The Songs of Gerry Rafferty
Gerry Rafferty
– was released in September 2013 and her most recent album, 'Winter', a collection of seasonal favourites, was released in time for Christmas 2014.[14] Personal life[edit] Dickson is married to Oliver Cookson who works as an Assistant Director in television for the BBC,[15] and has three sons. She and her family live in Edinburgh.[16] She was awarded an OBE in the Queen's New Year Honours
New Year Honours
in 2002 for her services to Music and Drama.[16] Selected discography[edit] Archie Fisher and Barbara Dickson

The Fate o' Charlie (also with John MacKinnon) (1969) Thro' the Recent Years (1970)

Solo albums

Do Right Woman (1970) From the Beggar's Mantle (1972) Answer Me (1976) Morning Comes Quickly (1977) Sweet Oasis (1978) The Barbara Dickson Album (1980) You Know it's Me
You Know it's Me
(1981) I Will Sing (1981 Compilation) All for a Song
All for a Song
(1982) Here We Go (1982) Tell Me It's Not True - Blood Brothers mini-album (1983) Heartbeats (1984) Gold (1985) The Right Moment (1986) After Dark (1987) Coming Alive Again (1989) Don't Think Twice It's Alright (1992) Parcel of Rogues (1994) Dark End of the Street (1995) The 7 Ages of Woman (1998) For the Record (2002) Full Circle (2004) Nothing's Gonna Change My World (2006) Time and Tide (2008) Barbara Dickson in Concert (2009) Words Unspoken (2011) B4 Seventy-Four - The Folkclub Tapes (2013) To Each & Everyone - The Songs of Gerry Rafferty
Gerry Rafferty
(2013) Winter


"Here Comes the Sun" (1974) "Blue Skies" (1975) "Answer Me" (1976) "People Get Ready" (1976) "Out of Love With Love" (1976) "Another Suitcase in Another Hall" (1977) "Lover's Serenade" (1977) "I Could Fall" (1977) "City to City" (1978) "Fallen Angel" (1978) "Come Back with the Same Look in Your Eyes" (1979) "Caravan Song" (1979) "January February" (1980) "In the Night" (1980) "It's Really You" (1980) "Only Seventeen" (1981) "My Heart Lies" (1981) "Run Like the Wind" (1981) "Take Good Care" (1982) "I Believe in You" (1982) "Greatest Original Hits – 4 Track E.P" (1982) "Here We Go" (1982) "Stop in the Name of Love" (1982) "Tell Me It's Not True" (1983) "Keeping My Love for You" (1984) "I Don't Believe in Miracles" (1984) "I Know Him So Well" (with Elaine Paige) (1985) "Still in the Game" (1985) "If You're Right" (1986) "Time After Time" (1986) "I Think It's Going to Rain Today" (1987) "The West Coast of Clare" (1987) "Only a Dream in Rio" (1988) "Coming Alive Again" (1989) "All I Ask of You" (with José Carreras) (1989) "Tears of Rage" (1991) "Don't Think Twice It's Alright" (1992) "Blowin' in the Wind" (1992) "Love Hurts" (1995)


^ "Year By Year". Barbara Dickson. 27 September 1952. Archived from the original on 6 March 2013. Retrieved 26 November 2012.  ^ a b c Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records
Guinness World Records
Limited. p. 154. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.  ^ "Interview: Barbara Dickson, singer – News". Scotsman.com. 31 October 2009. Retrieved 26 November 2012.  ^ "Olivier Awards – Past Nominees and Winners".  ^ " Barbara Dickson – Discover music, videos, concerts, stats, & pictures at". Last.fm. Retrieved 26 November 2012.  ^ "Interview". Barbara Dickson. Retrieved 26 November 2012.  ^ "Biography". Barbara Dickson. Retrieved 26 November 2012.  ^ "Obituary: Ronnie Barker". BBC News. 4 October 2005. Retrieved 26 November 2012.  ^ McLean, Pauline (22 January 2012). "Celtic Connections concert tribute to Gerry Rafferty". BBC News. Retrieved 26 November 2012.  ^ "BBC Radio 2 – Elaine Paige
Elaine Paige
on Sunday – Elaine Paige". Bbc.co.uk. 1 January 1970. Retrieved 26 November 2012.  ^ "Doctors". IMDb.com. Retrieved 26 November 2012.  ^ "Reviews". Barbara Dickson. Retrieved 26 November 2012.  ^ " Barbara Dickson – Words Unspoken". Greentrax.com. Retrieved 26 November 2012.  ^ " Barbara Dickson – To Each and Everyone (The Songs of Gerry Rafferty)". Greentrax.com. Retrieved 1 July 2013.  ^ " Barbara Dickson at Llangollen International Eisteddfod". Northwales.co.uk. Retrieved 26 November 2012.  ^ a b "OBE for musical actress Dickson". BBC News. 31 December 2001. Retrieved 26 November 2012. 

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Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical

Virginia McKenna
Virginia McKenna
(1979) Gemma Craven (1980) Carlin Glynn (1981) Julia McKenzie
Julia McKenzie
(1982) Barbara Dickson (1983) Natalia Makarova
Natalia Makarova
(1984) Patti LuPone
Patti LuPone
(1985) Lesley Mackie (1986) Nichola McAuliffe (1987) Patricia Routledge (1988) Lea Salonga
Lea Salonga
(1989/1990) Imelda Staunton
Imelda Staunton
(1991) Wilhelmenia Fernandez (1992) Joanna Riding (1993) Julia McKenzie
Julia McKenzie
(1994) Ruthie Henshall (1995) Judi Dench
Judi Dench
(1996) Maria Friedman (1997) Ute Lemper
Ute Lemper
(1998) Sophie Thompson
Sophie Thompson
(1999) Barbara Dickson (2000) Samantha Spiro (2001) Martine McCutcheon (2002) Joanna Riding (2003) Maria Friedman (2004) Laura Michelle Kelly
Laura Michelle Kelly
(2005) Jane Krakowski
Jane Krakowski
(2006) Jenna Russell
Jenna Russell
(2007) Leanne Jones (2008) Elena Roger
Elena Roger
(2009) Samantha Spiro (2010) Sheridan Smith
Sheridan Smith
(2011) Cleo Demetriou, Kerry Ingram, Sophia Kiely, and Eleanor Worthington Cox (2012) Imelda Staunton
Imelda Staunton
(2013) Zrinka Cvitešić
Zrinka Cvitešić
(2014) Katie Brayben (2015) Imelda Staunton
Imelda Staunton
(2016) Amber Riley
Amber Riley

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