British singer/songwriter Lynsey De Paul dies

The singer-songwriter Lynsey de Paul, who was the first woman to win an Ivor Novello award, has died at the age of 66.

She was born Lynsey Monckton Rubin in Cricklewood, north London in 1948 (not 1950 as is often listed) and soon after leaving school she began designing album sleeves for artists. This involved listening to tracks which inspired her to become a songwriter. One of her earliest songs were co-written with Don Gould was called Takin’ It Easy and recorded by Jack Wild in 1971.

The following year she hit the UK chart with Sugar Me which she co-wrote with Barry Blue. Other hits followed, Getting A Drag, Won’t Somebody Dance With Me (which featured the voice of DJ and personal friend Ed Stewart) and Ooh I Do. In 1977 she collaborated with Mike Moran and represented Britain in the 1977 Eurovision Song Contest with Rock Bottom where it came second behind the French winner Maria Myriam.

In 1974 her top 10 hit, No Honesty, won her another Ivor Novello Award and became the theme tune to the ITV comedy of the same name which starred Pauline Collins and John Alderton. She also wrote the theme tune to Esther Rantzen’s BBC One series Hearts of Gold.

In her lovelife, she was famously romantically linked with Sean Connery, Roy Wood, Ringo Starr, Chas Chandler, Bernie Taupin and Dudley Moore, but her longest relationship was with James Coburn, whom she lived with but never married.

Lynsey was praised by her agent, Michael Joyce who said, “Although she was small in stature, she was very big in positive personality, She was always so positive about everything.”

In 2012 she and Noddy Holder hosted the Marc Bolan 35th anniversary concert which is a charity event for the PRS for Music Members Benevolent Fund. It was held at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire and featured Boy George, Steve Harley, Marc Almond, Alvin Stardust, Linda Lewis and Sandie Shaw.

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