b. Gladys Lynch, 2 November 1930, Stepney, London, England, d. 20 October 2003, Romford, Essex, England. The sister of entertainer Kenny Lynch, and an accomplished and affectionately regarded jazz singer, she won a local talent contest held at her local cinema when she was only 14 years old. She took first place on UK television’s Youth Takes A Bow in 1953, and began singing under her married name of Gladys Daniels before adopting her new christian name at the start of a long residency with the Denny Boyce Band at the Orchid Room, Purley. Signed to the Delfont Agency and Oriole Records, she played smart London cabaret venues such as Churchill’s, the Stork Club and the Savoy, toured the Moss Empires circuit, and appeared frequently on top-rated UK television programmes, including the legendary Sunday Night At The London Palladium. A series of popular singles included ‘Coffee Bar Calypso’ and ‘Why Should I Care?’.
From Encyclopedia of Popular Music in Oxford Reference.