Kay Garner has worked with such luminaries as Tony Bennett, David Soul, Johnny Mercer, Burt Bacharach, Elton John, Dionne Warwick, David Gates, Lou Reed, Mama Cass, Neil Diamond, Stevie Wonder, Jose Feliciano, John Lennon, George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Dusty Springfield, Tom Springfield, Les Reed, Barry Mason, Tim Rice, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Doris Troy, Malcolm Roberts, Tubby Hayes, Ted Heath, Oscar Peterson, Tom Jones, Englebert Humperdink, The Moody Blues, PJ Proby, Billie Davis, PP Arnold, Madeline Bell, James Last, Cerrone, etc, to name just a few.
singing at a very early age in Hull (in fact still in school)
singing jazz in the evening with various groups, Teddy Barker
was a big help to her, and a few gigs with (Tubby Hayes) plus
various big bands. She went to London with Top Rank on the Ballroom
circuit singing at the Astoria with fine musicians like
Derek Watkins, Derek Wadsworth, in fact the TOP musicians. This
then worked with David Ede and The Rabin
Band, and with them did her first broadcast on a live Radio show
every Friday at 1pm called (Go Man Go) in 1962.
Session singers/musicians were, and still are the CREAM of the business, or as Billie Davis calls them " The icing on the cake" of the music business.
On that first session were Jackie Lee (White Horses, Rupert the Bear) and I think Joan Baxter (who does a great Marilyn Monroe) and has stories no-one would believe . And all TRUE. They asked for my number. Word got around. I was IN.
session was with Madeline Bell and Lesley Duncan for a Dusty
Springfield Album at the old "Philips" studio at Marble
Kiki Dee had left the trio with Madeline and Leslie, to go solo, and I believe Keith or Dave Gold recommended Kay for the Dusty session.
Keith was the musical director on Kay's FIRST EVER NO.1. single as a session singer. That single was "Everlasting Love" . By Love Affair in around 1968.
With the success of Everlasting Love, Kay, Madeline & Lesley, were booked on everything. Working 3 sometimes 4 sessions a day. (Those really were the days).
points out now, that we were working so hard because we didn't
charge for double tracking, typical, (we were NEW!) he he he
finding it difficult keeping her evening singing job at The Monkey
Island Hotel with Frazer Hayes of (The Frazer Hayes 4). She had
also kept up with her JAZZ Roots ( David Lee, founder of Jazz
FM asked Kay to do all the IDENTS for the opening of JAZZ FM
and there were JAZZ versions of MARTINI & other jazz
jingles. Kay's first love is JAZZ. But as most Jazz musicians
will tell you
. Jazz doesn't pay well!!!!
Lesley, Sue & Sunny, plus all session girls, Vicki Brown,
of "The Breakaways" and her daughter Sam Brown, Maggie
Stredder, of "The Ladybirds" Liza Strike, Barry St
John, The Chanter Sisters, Stephanie De Sykes (Born with a smile),
Clare Torry (Pink Floyd singer on Great Gig in the Sky) and many
more, have worked together ever since, and have remained friends
since those times.
on Sue & Sunny's record "You can't by pass Love"
Sunny was just 15.
Davis (see left) and Kay met on Billie's own solo records, way
back in the 60's. They were great tracks, "Tell Him",
"Want you to be my Baby", "Anyway that you want
me", plus Billie & Kay did backing vocals for "The
"Nights in White Satin" being
just one of them. Plus, they did BV's on most of the Decca artists,
Billie was with that label at the time.
Kay had a couple of record released under her own name (she said they escaped) Squeeze me/ I still get jealous on the Oriole label, and a single on Pye as (Kay Slyboots Garner). PULEEEEESE!!!!!
From then on she sang Lead Vocals and got no credit like on "SUPERNATURE" "Give me love" and more for Cerrone.
She became a disco queen of the 80's. But we won't go there!!!!
Kay has worked on Radio and has done lots of TV series with DUSTY, Dick Emery, The Two Ronnies, Morcambe & Wise, Benny Hill etc.
and Kay met up again at the Grosvenor House Hotel in 2003?.
Billie and Kay had plans for many more live shows, but sadly Kay was taken from us too early. She made her last solo appearance at Dusty Day 2007 in Ealing, singing "I Only Wanna Laugh" & "Piece Of My Heart", and made one more performance at Grosvenor House singing backup for Billie.
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