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Lynsey de Paul has passed on: R.I.P… and thanks for the memories

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Lynsey de Paul (1948-2014), pictured in the early 1970s

Lynsey de Paul (1948-2014), pictured in the early 1970s

She was the first British singer-songwriter to achieve major success, and in her field she was certainly a force to be reckoned with. She may not be a familiar name to everybody, but ask any person who grew up during the 1970’s – and you will no doubt have them nodding and smiling. Well, maybe not today – the news of her death on October 1 has reached just about every corner of the world by now….. If the name and face doesn’t conjure up any memories, some of her songs no doubt will; “Sugar Me”, “Getting A Drag”, “Won’t Somebody Dance With Me”, “Ivory Tower” and her UK entry in the 1977 Eurovision Song Contest “Rock Bottom” are essential Lynsey songs. In addition to all the great stuff she herself recorded, she also composed and wrote songs for a lot of other singers. Her prolific output both on record and as songwriter adds up to a wonderful musical legacy. She made the UK singles Charts on many different occasions, and a lot of her great albums also charted. Two years ago, most of her music was collected on two great double-disc sets; “Sugar And Beyond, 1972-1974” and “Into My Music, 1975-1979”. With a total of more than 60 songs, it paints the portrait of an artist whose songs stand apart from the rest, her lyrics show her as a very good lyricist and the songs span everything from piano ballads to pop, rock and even some early 70s disco tinged material.

"Sugar And Beyond, 1972-74". The first anthology of Lynsey de Paul

“Sugar And Beyond, 1972-74”. The first anthology of Lynsey de Paul

As many of her original albums have gone out of print, and are very hard to find, these two volumes are, at present, the only option you have, if you want some de Paul in your house. For fans, they are totally essential – for the casual, curious listener it gives a stunning look into what she was all about.

The second anthology: "Into My Music 1975-79"

The second anthology: “Into My Music 1975-79”

Since the early 80s, Lynsey de Paul cut down on recording, but she was still  a visible figure on a lot of TV shows, and of course in the tabloids. She never married, but she had a lengthy affair with actor James Coburn. At various times she was also linked with Ringo Starr, Dudley Moore and Bernie Taupin. She always came across as one of the nice girls, and there was never any scandals involving her, she basically seemed to be the sunny blonde the record covers depicted. Well known for her intelligent comments and zany sense of humour, she was a favourite guest on many talk shows, and she was always a pleasure to watch. Known for her healthy lifestyle as well – she didn’t smoke, didn’t drink, was a vegetarian and always kept herself in good shape. Even in her later years, Lynsey still looked very much like she did at the start of her career more than 40 years ago.

A photo of Lynsey taken around 2012

A photo of Lynsey taken around 2012

It was therefore all the more of a shock, when she suffered a brain haemorrhage on Wednesday this week, and later that day, October 1, died in a London hospital. My heart goes out to her niece Olivia (her closest relative), and I know that her many, many fans around the world also feel that the world is a poorer place right now… Still, her musical legacy will live on, and it is time for her former record companies to start producing reissues of all her original albums. Her talent was way too good to be left in the vaults, and a new generation of music fans has grown up since she started out in the early 1970s. This girl is a one-of-a-kind talent, and her songs will once more light up the gloomy darkness that suddenly struck us this week. Rest in peace, Lynsey – and thanks for the many musical memories. Listening to you was always a pleasure, and I will indulge myself today – in loving memory of you…

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