Lulu Kennedy-Cairns, OBE (born Marie McDonald McLaughlin Lawrie on 3 November 1948 in Lennoxtown, East Dunbartonshire), best known by her stage name Lulu, is a Scottish Singer-songwriter, actress, and television personality who has been successful in the entertainment business from the 1960s through to the present day.
Lulu grew up in Dennistoun,Glasgow. She shot to fame at the age of fifteen with her version of The Isley Brothers "Shout", delivered in a raucous and extraordinarily mature voice. Her backing group were called The Luvvers, but after several more British hits she left the group to become a solo artist
In 1966, Lulu toured Poland with the British rock and roll band The Hollies, making her the first British female singer to appear live behind the Iron Curtain. All of the 7 singles she recorded and released around 1967 to 1969 made the UK chart.
In 1967 she made her debut as a film actress in To Sir, with Love, a British film which also starred the American actor Sidney Poitier. She had a major hit with the title song "To Sir, with Love", which shot to number one in the United States.
In that song she makes notable use of melisma, which means the singing of a single syllable of text while moving between several different notes in succession. Music sung in this style is referred to as melismatic, as opposed to syllabic, where each syllable of text is matched to a single note. Decades later this melody remains the song for which she is best known in USA.
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