Yazz

Yazz is celebrating her 60th birthday this week.

Yasmin was born in the Shepherds Bush area of west London. Her mum was English and her father, Winston was from Jamaica and is a former station manager at Leicester Square tube station.

In 1983, she was briefly the lead singer with The Biz before she was chosen to front the single Doctorin’ the House by the production duo Matt Black and Jonathan More who went by the name Coldcut.

She then launched a solo career and her first hit was a cover of the Otis Clay song The Only Way is Up. Her next two singles, Stand Up For Your Love Rights and Fine Time were both top 10 hits. The last of her 12 UK hits came in 1997 with a cover of the Jackson 5’s Never Can Say Goodbye which stalled at number 61.

Let’s remember her second hit.

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