“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

 

The versatility of Rosemary Squires is legendary. She is equally at home at the Albert Hall, The London Palladium, Salisbury Cathedral or Ronnie Scott's. An early ambition to be a jazz singer, flourished into Big Band, Cabaret, even Variety Known also as "Queen of the Jingles" her 'Hands that do dishes...' is the longest running jingle ever.

Reputed to have more broadcasts to her credit than any other female singer, having both radio and television series of her own, took her to Europe and later the 'Johnny Carson Show' in America. Having recorded on almost every major label her record sales total millions.

Although flattered by offers to team up with such celebrities as the Ted Heath Band and guitarist Les Paul, Rosemary retained her independence as a solo artiste. This led to regular appearances with all the big names from Johnny Dankworth to Humphrey Lyttelton to the BBC's Big Band and Orchestras; to co-starring with icons like Ken Dodd, Des O'Connor and Roy Castle.

Rosemary Squires is unique. Her virtuosity is unequalled across the whole ambit of show business, from cabaret to major concert venues. Her scrapbook bears witness to countless Gala occasions, both Royal and National. Her admirers range from Roy Hudd who wrote of her "masterly musicianship" to star pianist George Shearing who said "I'll play for her anytime". Speaking from her home in Arizona to BBC Radio 3, international arranger and composer, Angela Morley, ranked Rosemary with Mel Tormé  as her "two favourite singers".

Awarded the Gold Badge of Merit by the British Academy of Songwriters in 1984, Rosemary was honoured in 2004 with the MBE for services to music and charity. She was thrilled when in 2012 she received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the British Music Hall Society.

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

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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