“FIRST LADY OF SONG”

 

Lifetime Award for Rosemary          

  
Rosemary was thrilled to be awarded the British Music Hall Society’s 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual ball on
Sunday 2nd December 2012.


Photo:Roy Hudd, Rosemary and Pete Murray
Photographer Ralph Reardon © 2012 
By kind permission of the British Music Hall Society

 

AS comfortable in the Albert Hall as the village hall, in a great cathedral or Ronnie Scott’s club, Rosemary Squires possesses the talent, appeal and personality that have made her a show business legend.

An early ambition to be a jazz singer, honed at local gigs around her home city of Salisbury, flourished into Big Band, Cabaret and even Variety. She was also the ‘Queen of the Jingles’ and her ‘Hands that do dishes’ is the longest running ever.

Over the years she has worked with countless star performers, from Geraldo to the BBC Concert Orchestra, Ted Heath and John Dankworth. A broadcaster, with her own series on TV and radio, Rosemary was twice named the most televised female vocalist of the year.

Top billing at major venues on both sides of the Atlantic, working with such stellar names as Danny Kaye and Sammy Davis Jnr. on the coast to coast Johnny Carson Show; on six-five special with Cliff Richard, plus a Palladium season with Ken Dodd, led to Gala and Royal appearances.

Rosemary has recorded on most major labels and recently in Belgium with the Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra; her recordings have sold worldwide. Reader’s Digest featured her in their album ‘Great Stars, Great Songs’, which says it all really.

Her legion of admirers includes star pianist George Shearing, who said on Radio 2 ‘I’ll play for her any time’, and international arranger and composer, the late Angela Morley, who on Radio 3 ranked Rosemary and Mel Tormé as her ‘two favourite singers’.

Honoured in 2004 with the MBE for services to music and charity, Rosemary also has the Gold Badge of merit awarded by the British Academy of Songwriters.

But perhaps her proudest epithet is to be known as ‘a musician’s singer’ able to call upon the support of the finest musicians in the land – not least her present musical director, international celebrity pianist Brian Dee.

Since her first broadcast on ‘Children’s Hour’ at the tender age of 12, Rosemary has witnessed many changes in the business. She has seen megastars come and go yet has survived and thrived, whilst remaining true to her unique style and music.

She continues to make guest appearances with the Glenn Miller Band UK and the BBC Big Band, and is justly proud of the epithet ‘Britain’s Best Known Big Band Singer’. She relishes traditional cabaret, Gentle Jazz and enjoys touring her ‘Audience with…’ show Those were the days’, particularly suitable for matinees and local charities.

Perhaps her greatest strength is her warmth and personality and her ability to make every member of the audience feel the performance is personal for them.

"Rosemary is one of the few performers who deserves to be called a national treasure" 
 Roy Hudd 'Yours Magazine'

 


 

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