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Dana Gillespie

Dana Gillespie is a singer, songwriter, actress, broadcaster and consummate raconteuse who’s lived multiple lives. Today she’s known as the UK’s long-reigning Queen of the Blues.

Music poured into her teenage life in a number of ways; she met David Bowie (then Jones) in 1964. The friendship they formed was characterised by the mutual encouragement of each other’s incipient songwriting talents. Dana’s third album, Weren’t Born A man, included ‘Andy Warhol’ was written by Bowie for Dana.

The accomplishment of composing and recording her own songs at 16 placed her in an exclusive group. She and Twinkle were the first female artists in the UK to write and record their songs while still a teenager.

Dana was in the original London cast of two prominent musicals – Catch My Soul and Jesus Christ Superstar. She was also part of a team of session singers (Elton John, David Byron, Madeline Bell) who recorded soundalike versions of pop hits for Avenue Records.

There are now two strands to Dana’s recording career which run in parallel; her singer/songwriter blues albums and her albums of bhajans (devotional songs). Dana tours worldwide frequently performing with the London Blues Band.

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