Jacqueline Abbot is 45 years old this week.
She was born in St Helen’s in Lancashire and made her name as the lead singer of the Beautiful South from 1994 – 2000. She was discovered by the group’s lead singer Paul Heaton who met Abbott and her friend outside a nightclub. He invited them to a party and Abbott’s friend insisted she got up and sing. When Heaton heard her sing he was impressed and invited her to replace the group’s former lead singer Briana Corrigan.
The most well-known songs she sang on were Everybody’s Talkin’, One Last Love Song, Rotterdam, Don’t Marry Her and Perfect 10. She left the band in 2000 because she discovered that her son had autism and wasn’t able to take the pressure of touring with that situation.
After the band broke up, Paul Heaton and Jacqui reunited for a career as a duo and have made some of the happiest, bright and catchy tunes. With the charts of the 21st century mainly comprising dance-related music, it was unlikely their music would fit in the chart, but the chart seems irrelevant to so many people now that it didn’t really matter. Proof of this was the much-radio played track D.I.Y. spent one week at number 75. The radio stations supported their music and their music has sold well.
In 2014 they released the album What Have We Become? Followed the year after by Wisdom, Laughter and Lines. Throughout 2016 and 2017 they toured and promoted their third album Crooked Calypso which was released in 2017.
A couple of weeks ago their latest single, 7″ Singles was released with an amusing video and references Dolly Parton and Peters And Lee in the lyrics who seem to appear in the video.
This deserves to be a big hit. Enjoy.