Saturday, June 12, 2010

Helen Shapiro - The Ultimate Helen Shapiro


Английская певица Хелен Шапиро родилась 28 сентября 1946 года в Лондоне. Ее дедушка и бабушка были евреями-иммигрантами из России. Родители Хелен были крайне бедны и не могли позволить себе иметь в доме даже самый дешевый проигрыватель... 8((
, а музыку они очень любили. Именно поэтому с самого раннего детства они начали обучать свою дочь пению и игре на банджо. В раннем возрасте Хелен начала петь в школьной джазовой группе. Ее голос очень необычным, несвойственным для девочек ее возраста. Профессиональная певческая карьера Хелен началась в 1960 году, когда ей было всего-навсего четырнадцать лет. Эта рано начавшаяся карьера и жесткий график выступлений не позволили Хелен нормально учиться в школе.




Впрочем, вряд ли об этом пожалела. Ее сильный, красивый голос некоторые специалисты сравнивали с голосами известных оперных певиц и прочили Хелен карьеру именно в опере, однако сама юная певица видела себя в роли джазовой певицы. Кумирами молодой британской звезды были Фрэнк Синтара и Джуди Гарланд.

Заметили юное дарование представители звукозаписывающей компании EMI. В 1961 году две песни в ее исполнении заняли первую строчку в британском хит-параде. Это были You Don’t Know и Walkin’ Back To Happiness. Ее взрослый и красивый голос мгновенно стал сенсацией.

Прежде чем Хелен исполнилось шестнадцать, ее признали лучшей английской певицей. Со 2 февраля по 3 марта 1963 года в британском гастрольном турне Хелен Шапиро принимали участие Beatles. Beatles подружились с Хелен, она была первой, кому Джон и Пол сыграли песни "From Me To You" и "Thank You Girl". Ребята попросили помочь им
выбрать, какая из песен лучше подойдет для стороны "А" их будущего сингла. Хелен выбрала "From Me To You" и этот сингл стал №1 в Великобритании.
Карьера Хелен Шапиро была скоротечной. Уже в 1964 году о ней начали забывать. За три года ей удалось выпустить несколько синглов и один альбом. После 1964 года Хелен пела в театральных мюзиклах, вскоре стала джазовой певицей, в еще через какое-то время увлеклась госпел-музыкой (традиционное религиозное пение афро-американского протестантского населения США). Также Хелен сыграла одну из ролей в мюзикле «Оливер!» Лайонела Барта и снялась в нескольких телевизионных сериалах. В 2002 году она закончила карьеру певицы, посвятив себя вопросам религиозного характера.


Helen Shapiro is remembered today by younger pop culture buffs as the slightly awkward actress/singer in Richard Lester's 1962 debut feature film, It's Trad, Dad. From 1961 until 1963, however, Shapiro was England's teenage pop music queen, at one point selling 40,000 copies daily of her biggest single, "Walking Back to Happiness," during a 19-week chart run. A deceptively young 14 when she was discovered, Shapiro had a rich, expressive voice properly sounding like the property of someone twice as old, and she matured into a seasoned professional very quickly.

She grew up in London's East End and was performing with a ukulele at age nine as part of a school group -- supposedly called Susie & the Hula Hoops.whose members included a young Mark Feld (aka Marc Bolan) -- that used to sing their own versions of Elvis Presley and Buddy Holly songs. She subsequently sang with her brother Ron Shapiro's trad jazz turned skiffle outfit at local clubs before enrolling in classes at Maurice Burman's music school in London. Burman was so taken with Helen Shapiro's voice that he waived the tuition to keep her as a student. He later brought her to the attention of Norrie Paramor, then one of EMI's top pop producers (responsible for signing Cliff Richard & the Shadows). Shapiro's voice was so mature that Paramor refused to believe from the evidence on a tape that it belonged to a 14-year-old until she came to his office and belted out "St. Louis Blues." She cut her first single, "Please Don't Treat Me Like a Child," a few weeks later and broke onto the British charts in 1961... Read More...



It wasn't to be, however. After appearing in her second movie, Play It Cool, which starred Billy Fury, Shapiro faded from the charts, although she didn't disappear from the British musical consciousness. She still headlined tours in the United Kingdom and in early 1963, she made the acquaintance of a support act that had been newly signed to EMI: the Beatles. She headlined the Beatles' first national tour of England and Shapiro and the group enjoyed each other's company. At 16, she was much more the seasoned professional than the older Liverpool quartet, who loved her voice and her unassuming manner. She sang with them on the bus, advised them to make "From Me to You" their next record after "Please Please Me," and they, in turn, wrote "Misery" for her. Astonishingly, EMI -- not yet sensing the golden touch that the Beatles (who had yet to cut their first LP) would soon reveal -- declined to give Shapiro the chance to record a Lennon-McCartney tune, costing her the chance to become the first artist to cover a Lennon-McCartney song just at the point when the Beatles were about to sweep all before them in the pop charts.

There's no telling what Shapiro, with her rich intonation, could have done with that downbeat little diamond in the rough in the early Lennon-McCartney song bag. Shapiro had another chance at an even more promising song later in 1963 when she went to cut an album in Nashville. In a session backed by the likes of Grady Martin and Boots Randolph, she cut the very first recording of "It's My Party." And again, EMI failed to get behind the single, sitting on its release until a virtual unknown named Lesley Gore got her rendition out first on Mercury and topped the U.S. charts. Shapiro's career at EMI ended in 1963 and her periodic attempts to resume recording at Pye, DJM, and Arista over the next decade failed to generate any chart action

Helen Shapiro - The Ultimate Helen Shapiro 2003

1. Helen Shapiro - It's My Party (2:27)

2. Helen Shapiro - Lipstick On Your Collar (2:19)

3. Helen Shapiro - He's A Rebel (2:18)

4. Helen Shapiro - Walkin' Back To Happiness (2:32)

5. Helen Shapiro - Will You Love Me Tomorrow (3:22)

6. Helen Shapiro - A Teenager In Love (2:19)

7. Helen Shapiro - Fever (2:26)

8. Helen Shapiro - I Don't Care (2:33)

9. Helen Shapiro - Are You Lonesome Tonight (2:48)

10. Helen Shapiro - Beyond The Sea (La Mer) (3:30)

11. Helen Shapiro - Don't Treat Me Like A Child (2:34)

12. Helen Shapiro - It Might As Well Rain Until September (2:22)

13. Helen Shapiro - Move Over Darling (2:34)

14. Helen Shapiro - Please Mr Postman (2:39)

15. Helen Shapiro - Tell Me What He Said (2:48)

16. Helen Shapiro - You Don't Know (2:42)

17. Helen Shapiro - Walk On By (2:50)

18. Helen Shapiro - St Louis Blues (4:46)

19. Helen Shapiro - Basin Street Blues (3:35)

20. Helen Shapiro - Blues In The Night (4:04)

21. Helen Shapiro - My Guy (2:52)

22. Helen Shapiro - Woe Is Me (2:03)

23. Helen Shapiro - Look Who It Is (2:14)

24. Helen Shapiro - Little Miss Lonely (2:56)

25. Helen Shapiro - Keep Away From Other Girls (2:26)

26. Helen Shapiro - Let's Talk About Love (1:57)

27. 27 Queen For Tonight

28. 28 It's In His Kiss
 
 

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