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Alma Cogan (Born 19th May, 1932)

PostPosted: Fri May 19, 2017 11:48 am
by john poole
Born Alma Angela Cohen 85 years ago today in Whitechapel - 19th May, 1932. Died 26th October, 1966 aged just 34.

Wikipedia notes that she was the highest paid British female performer during the 1950s. In 1965, by which time she had not had a hit single for several years, Andrew Loog Oldham produced ‘Love is a Word’ for her which it appears that EMI declined to release
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9z4NRaIrTs
http://www.45cat.com/record/db7619

http://www.officialcharts.com/artist/1038/alma-cogan/

Re: Alma Cogan (Born 19th May, 1932)

PostPosted: Fri May 19, 2017 1:57 pm
by uiwangmike
I must have read about her before, but it's still surprising (a) that her records never got higher than No. 4, since she seemed to be on the radio all the time, and (b) that she died so young, since she occasionally played Mrs. Glum (Jimmy Edwards' wife and Dick Bentley's mother) in Take It From Here in the early/middle 50s.

Re: Alma Cogan (Born 19th May, 1932)

PostPosted: Fri May 19, 2017 5:24 pm
by john poole
(a) She was at No.1 for two weeks with 'Dreamboat' in July 1955 (in between 'Unchained Melody' by Jimmy Young and 'Rose Marie' by Slim Whitman).
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9oAe6H-RkEY
On some of her other hits her sales may have been affected by having to compete with other versions of the songs; but the US versions of 'Dreamboat' by the 5 De Marco Sisters and the Paulette Sisters do not appear to have provided much competition.

(b) Playing Mrs Glum did not require a great deal of acting ability

Re: Alma Cogan (Born 19th May, 1932)

PostPosted: Fri May 19, 2017 8:10 pm
by Adam Blake
According to ancient showbiz gossip she had an affair with one John Lennon. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQo5vPLZGnE

Re: Alma Cogan (Born 19th May, 1932)

PostPosted: Sat May 20, 2017 2:29 pm
by alister prince
I remember those rumours. At the time I found it hard to believe, but who knows..?
Aly

Re: Alma Cogan (Born 19th May, 1932)

PostPosted: Sat May 20, 2017 5:27 pm
by Adam Blake
The body language in that RSG clip suggests they knew each other pretty well!

Re: Alma Cogan (Born 19th May, 1932)

PostPosted: Sat May 20, 2017 7:42 pm
by alister prince
Yup, Adam, you have a point; hence my ...
Aly

Re: Alma Cogan (Born 19th May, 1932)

PostPosted: Sun May 21, 2017 8:36 am
by NormanD

Re: Alma Cogan (Born 19th May, 1932)

PostPosted: Sun May 21, 2017 10:50 am
by john poole
Adam Blake wrote:The body language in that RSG clip suggests they knew each other pretty well!


20th March, 1964 - I believe they would have met only recently - Alma and the Beatles both appeared on Sunday Night at the London Palladium 12th January, prior to the Fab Four's first US appearances.

Re: Alma Cogan (Born 19th May, 1932)

PostPosted: Sun May 21, 2017 11:31 am
by Adam Blake
Ten weeks was a long time in the 60s! (Thanks for your impeccable scholarship, as always, John.)