martes, 6 de julio de 2010

·"The Essential Collection" - Helen Shapiro

Helen Kate Shapiro (born 28 September 1946) is an English singer and actress. She is best known for her 1960s UK chart toppers, "You Don't Know" and "Walkin' Back to Happiness". In 1961, at the age of fourteen, she had two number one hits in the UK: "You Don't Know" and "Walkin' Back to Happiness"; and, indeed, her first four single releases all went into the top three of the UK Singles Chart. Most of her recording sessions were at EMI's studios at Abbey Road in north west London. Her mature voice made her an overnight sensation, as well as the youngest female chart topper in the UK. At a mere 14 years and 316 days old when "You Don't Know" hit the top, she was nevertheless a year older than Frankie Lymon had been when "Why Do Fools Fall in Love" hit the UK number one slot in 1956. Before she was sixteen years old, Shapiro had been voted Britain's 'Top Female Singer'. The Beatles' first national tour of Britain in the late winter/early spring of 1963 was as her supporting act. During the course of the tour, the Beatles had their first hit single and John Lennon and Paul McCartney wrote the song "Misery" intended for her, but Shapiro did not record the composition. In 1995, during a This is Your Life installment highlighting her life and career, Shapiro revealed, "It was actually turned down on my behalf before I ever heard it, actually. I never got to hear it or give an opinion. It's a shame, really." By the time she was in her late teens, her career as a pop singer was on the wane. With the new wave of beat music and newer female singers such as Cilla Black, Sandie Shaw and Lulu - Shapiro appeared old-fashioned and emblematic of the bee-hived pre-Beatles era. She branched out as a performer in stage musicals, a jazz singer, (jazz being her first love musically), and more recently a gospel singer. She played the role of Nancy in Lionel Bart's musical, Oliver! in London's West End and has appeared in British television soap operas; in particular Albion Market where she played one of the main characters up to the time it was taken off-air in August 1986. Shapiro retired from show business at the end of 2002 to concentrate on her gospel outreach evenings. She is married to John Judd, an actor with numerous roles in British television and cinema, she resides in the town of Highworth, Wiltshire. Her autobiography, published in 1993, was entitled Walking Back to Happiness.


01- Don't Treat Me Like A Child
02- You Don't Know
03- Walkin' Back To Happiness
04- Tell Me What He Said
05- Let's Talk About Love
06- Little Miss Lonely
07- Keep Away From Other Girls
08- Queen For Tonight
09- Woe Is Me
10- Look Who It Is
11- Fever
12- Look Over Your Shoulder
13- Tomorrow Is Another Day
14- Shop Around
15- I Wish I'd Never Loved You
16- When I'm With You
17- Marvellous Lie
18- Kiss N' Run
19- I Apologise
20- Sometime Yesterday
21- I Don't Care
22- Cry My Heart Out
23- Daddy Couldn't Get Me One Of Those
24- Walking In My Dreams
25- Ole Father Time
26- He Knows How To Love Me
27- I Walked Right In (With My Eyes Wide Open)
28- You Won't Come Home
29- I Was Only Kidding
30- It's So Funny I Could Cry

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