New Year 2014 – in Cyprus
My first working trip abroad, in 1956, took me to Cyprus, singing for British troops fighting EOKA terrorists; we performers escaped death twice!
“So Cyprus is the right setting for me to write Part I of my auto-biography.”
It really is great fun, re-living my early life: in Stoke-on-Trent, learning my trade; in London at The WindMill theatre, the black tie nightclubs, the infamous Two Puddings and Pride of the Isle pubs, the London underworld of The Krays and the Richardsons.
Then off abroad, singing for the troops in Germany, France, Morroco, Turkey, The Middle East and Cyprus.
And the people I met along the way: Ella Fitzgerald and Count Basie, Elvis (sang and canoodled with Elvis, girls); Syd and Max Harrison (look ‘em up on Pathe News) and the Singing Saw; Sir Noel Coward, Sir Roger Bannister, Aristotle Onassis (before the ‘other’ Jackie).
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Jackie Trent - 8th August 2014