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60s Girl Singers

Sue MacGregor reunites five women who ruled 60s pop. With Petula Clark, Sandie Shaw, Helen Shapiro and Jackie Trent. From 2012.

In this edition of The Reunion, Sue MacGregor reunites five women whose pop success helped make the sixties swing.

When people think about the music of the sixties, generally they think of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, but the girl singers of the period were also highly successful and important. In the UK alone, Cilla Black had seventeen top forty hits, Dusty Springfield and Sandie Shaw had fifteen and Petula Clark had thirteen. This doesn't include the success they all enjoyed abroad: these girls were international stars having hits all over Europe and in the United States.

But success did not always bring happiness and, for many of the girl singers of the period, there were major lows alongside the dizzying highs. The sixties may have been swinging, but it wasn't an easy time for the women of the period who, as well as having to navigate the vagaries of a career in show business, often found themselves the focus of enormous attention from the media and the public. It wasn't always welcome. The gulf between their public lives and their private lives was sometimes huge.

Joining Sue MacGregor is: Petula Clark, the child star of the 1940s whose career went stratospheric in the 1960s; Sandie Shaw, the barefoot pop princess who won the Eurovision Song Contest; Helen Shapiro, Britain's first teen pop star who was supported by The Beatles, Jackie Trent, singer and songwriter who wrote hits for Petula Clark, Scott Walker and many others; and Vicki Wickham, the legendary producer of Ready Steady Go who went on to manage Dusty Springfield.

Producer: Brian McCluskey
Series Producer: David Prest
A Whistledown production for BBC Radio 4

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45 minutes

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Fri 1 May 2020 09:00

Broadcasts

  • Sun 19 Aug 2012 10:00
  • Sun 19 Aug 2012 11:15
  • Fri 24 Aug 2012 09:00
  • Sun 15 Jun 2014 10:00
  • Sun 15 Jun 2014 21:00
  • Mon 16 Jun 2014 01:00
  • Sun 26 Apr 2020 11:00
  • Fri 1 May 2020 09:00

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