Charlie James

Born Charlotte Rickards in 1952 in Pontypridd, Wales but brought up in Birmingham, Charlie was discovered by comedian Les Dawson who helped her to begin a career as a compere and singer at Birmingham’s Cavendish night club in 1970.… Read More Charlie James

Elaine Simmons

Former Edinburgh hairdresser Elaine Hope became a professional singer in the mid-1960s, changing her name to Simmons, taken from the family surname of Fitzsimmons. She married Perthshire promoter David Forbes who also managed her career.… Read More Elaine Simmons