Barbara Dickson was born in 1947, in Dunfermline in the Kingdom of Fife, Scotland; the same town where the great philanthropist Andrew Carnegie was born. Incidentally Dunfermline was where Prime Minister Gordon Brown used to represent in Parliament, although he was brought up in the town of Kirkcaldy (which he currently represents in Parliament).
Barbara has become famous for her stage and concert performances, as well as some hit singles. Her lovely voice and great songs have given her a tremendous career.
She began her career singing in the Folk Clubs in Fife, and her first commercial recording was in 1967. Her first solo album was "Do Right Woman" in 1970, and by 1973 she had became a professional folk singer.
She developed her music further when she starred in the award winning musical, "John, Paul, George, Ringo" and Barbara’s interpretation of Beatles songs made the show a big success.
Barbara got a contract with RSO Records, and released the album "Answer Me". The title song became a top ten hit in 1976.
She began appearing regularly in the comedy TV show "The Two Ronnies", which had over 10 million viewers every week. This really increased Barbara's fame.
She went on to record "Another Suitcase in Another Hall" from Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical ‘Evita’. This became her second hit in 1977.
Other hits including "Caravan Song" and "January, February", followed in 1980.
Barbara Dickson went on to star in another musical "Blood Brothers". She had never acted before, but her success with it was tremendous and as well as getting critical acclaim , she became Actress of the Year in a Musical from the Society of West End Theatres in 1984.
She continued her career to taking part in the cast album recording of the musical ‘Chess’, which included the song "I Know Him So Well", a duet sung with Elaine Paige. The song was a worldwide hit and remained at number one in the UK charts for many weeks.
During the 1990s Barbara appeared in various TV dramas including "Taggart", the award winning "Band of Gold" and "The Missing Postman".
Acclaimed writer and director Chris Bond created a show for Barbara Dickson in 1996 called "The Seven Ages of Woman" which won her the Liverpool Echo Actress of the Year Award. It premiered at the Liverpool Playhouse and toured extensively in 1997 and 1998.
In 1999, Barbara starred in "Spend, Spend, Spend", a new musical by Steve Brown and Justin Greene. The show, based on the roller-coaster life story of pools winner, Viv Nicholson, played in the West End to capacity audiences. For her portrayal of Viv, Barbara was awarded ‘Best Actress in a Musical’ at the 2000 Laurence Olivier Awards.
Barbara continues to appear in concert and on record. She has in the last few years had great success with ‘The Platinum Collection’, which featured some of her most successful recordings.
A recent album, "Full Circle", was a return to her early folk roots, and received a mixed reception. Barbara’s most recent CD is a collection of the songs of Lennon, McCartney and Harrison called "Nothing’s Gonna Change My World."
Barbara Dickson received further recognition for work when she received the O.B.E. in the Queens’ New Year’s Honours in 2002.
See also the following pages:-
Alexander Fleming - His discovery of Penicillin changed the world. Andrew Carnegie - The great Philanthropist from Dunfermine made his fortune in the Steel Industry and went on to give away much of his money. Ian Rankin - The novelist and author of the famous Inspector Rebus Books. Jack Vettriano - The painter from Methil in Fife has reached international fame with his wonderful art. Jimmy Shand - The famous Band Leader, also from Auchtermuchty. The legend of his music lives on. The Proclaimers - The twin brother singing duo from Auchtermuchty, who made famous the song 'if I could walk 500 miles'. Gordon Brown - Britain's Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, was raised and educated in Kirkcaldy, Fife Dunfermline - Scotland's ancient capital and the birthplace of Barbara Dickson and Andrew Carnegie.