Kathy Kirby (Kathleen O'Rourke)

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Ilford, Essex, England, UK
Kathy achieved national prominence in the U.K. as a resident singer, on the British TV series, Stars and Garters (1963). Signed to Decca records, she had several hit singles, scoring her first Top 20 smash hit with Dance On, a chart topper by the British Group, The Shadows from earlier that year. Kathy's version also topped the single charts in Australia. An attempt to create similar waves by adding lyrics to another instrumental, this time the version by The Spotnicks of the traditional "Hava Nagila" was less of a success, despite being given a similar Kirby treatment. Read more...