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Kiki Dee (born Pauline Matthews, 6 March 1947, Little Horton, Bradford, West Yorkshire0,  is a singer with a career spanning more than 40 years.

She is best known for her 1976 duet with Elton John, entitled “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart“, which went to Number 1 both in the UK Singles Chart and the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart.

She sang backing vocals for Dusty Springfield, among others, and was well-regarded by other singers but did not achieve solo success in the UK for many years. However, her 1965 release “Why Don’t I Run Away From You” was a big hit on Radios London and Caroline in 1965, and her 1968 release, “On a Magic Carpet Ride”, which was originally a B-side, has remained popular on the Northern Soul circuit.

It was in fact hit songwriter Mitch Murray who came up with her stage name, and also penned her first single, “Early Night”.

In the United States she became the first white British artist to be signed by Motown, releasing her first Motown single “The Day Will Come (Between Sunday and Monday)” in 1970.

Here is another track from her Motown album “Great Expectations”

“Ain’t Nothing Like The Real Thing” – Kiki Dee

Without doubt her most commercial period was during her time on the Rocket label where she released two albums.

“Loving and Free” – Kiki Dee

and of course

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May 11, 2011 Posted by | Blast from The Past, Old Music, Soul, Video | , | 2 Comments

Saturday Soul – Kiki Dee

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Kiki Dee featuring on Saturday Soul…some may say surely some mistake, however others will be well aware that Kiki was the first white Britist artist  to be signed to Tamla Motown Records.

Despite this fact the girl born as Pauline Mathhews in 1947 remains best known for her duet with Elton John on “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” a No 1 hit on both sides of the Atlantic back in 1976.

She clocked up 3 No 1 singles and eight Top 10 hits in the UK mostly whilst signed to Elton John’s Rocket Records but she started as a backing singer to Dusty Springfield and her soulfull voice attracted Tamla Motown who released her album “Great Expectations” on their label in 1970.

great expectations

1. The Day Will Come Between Sunday And Monday
2. Johnny Raven
3. Ain’t Nothing Like The Real Thing
4. Jimmy
5. I Can’t Give Back The Love I Feel For You
6. More Today Than Yesterday
7. Love Makes The World Go Round
8. You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me
9. Love Is A Warm Kind Of Sorrow
10. For Once In My Life
11. My Whole World Ended (The Moment You Left Me)
12. I Second That Emotion

great expectations 2

“Ain’t Nothinh Like The Real Thing” – Kiki Dee

Kiki Dee was also a songwriter and one of her own songs “Loving & Free” was the lead track on a 1973 “EP” though ultimately the other “A” Side track a cover of  the French song “Amoureuse” by Véronique Sanson with English lyrics by Gary Osbourne gained the more airplay.

loving and free single

“Loving & Free” – Kiki Dee

“Amoureuse” – Kiki Dee

She also had a big hit in 1979 with her version of the Lorraine Ellison signature tune  “Stay With Me Baby”

Stay With Me (Kiki)

“Stay With Me Baby” – Kiki Dee

To buy Kiki Dee music click HERE

Kiki is still recording and touring for more information click HERE

June 6, 2009 Posted by | Old Music, Video | , | Leave a comment

   

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