Alma Cogan

(1932—1966) singer

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b. 19 May 1932, London, England, d. 26 October 1966, London, England. After appearing in the stage shows Sauce Tartare and High Button Shoes, Cogan was spotted by A&R representative Wally Ridley and signed to HMV Records. Although she began her career as a balladeer, her breakthrough came with the novelty hit ‘Bell Bottom Blues’, which reached the Top 5 in the UK in 1954. A cover version of Kitty Kallen’s ‘Little Things Mean A Lot’ followed quickly and during that same year Cogan appeared with Frankie Vaughan on a couple of unsuccessful singles. Her lone UK number 1 occurred in the spring of 1955 with ‘Dreamboat’ and the following Christmas she was back with the novelty ‘Never Do A Tango With An Eskimo’. A duet with Ronnie Hilton appeared on the b-side of his chart-topper ‘No Other Love’, and throughout this period Cogan earnestly covered a string of US hits including Jewel Akens ’ ‘The Birds And The Bees’ and Frankie Lymon And The Teenagers’ ‘Why Do Fools Fall In Love?’.


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