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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Roy Hudd 'Yours Magazine'