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Dickie Valentine

Never a major star, Dickie Valentine nevertheless had two number singles in 1955 and was voted Top UK male vocalist of 1952 while singing with the Ted Heath Band before embarking on a solo career. Born Richard Bryce in Marylebone, London on the 4th of November 1929, he first tried his hand at singing while he was working as child actor and developed an act, impersonating other singers of the time. He appeared in several movies as a child and got his break when he signed to the Ted Heath Band. He married Elizabeth Flynn in 1954 just as his solo career was getting underway in earnest. He signed to Decca records and his first chart entry was as the chart was only three months old in February 1953 with a competing version of "Broken Wings,", a song which the Stargazers took to the top and resoundly won that particularly battle, although on later releases he would team up with the vocal group. Early in 1955 his version of the romantic ballad "Finger of Suspicion" hit number one. and that year was his peak year with three other top 10 singles, Mr Sandman, A Blossom Fell and I Wonder, all covers of successful American songs, and at the end of the year he enjoyed his second (and final) chart topper with Christmas Alphabet, a sickly sweet run through the spelling of the word Christmas and the first no.1 created specifically for the Christmas market. Rock n Roll was coming however, and Dickie Valentine's style of crooning was considered old fashioned and although during 1956 he had his own TV series, The Dickie Valentine Show, on which he partnered Peter Sellers, the hits had virtually dried up and he had only one further top 10 single the following Christmas with another attempt to capture the holiday market, Christmas Island. Changing record companies in 1959 to Pye Nixa did not change his fortunes and he had two further minor hits before falling off the charts for the final time just two weeks shy of the new decade. He remained popular on the cabaret and live circuit throughout the 1960s but travelling from a gig in Wales on the 6th of May 1971, he was killed in a car crash aged just 41. ~ Sharon Mawer
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Venus

1. Venus

2. One More Sunrise

3. Standing On The Corner

4. My Favourite Song

5. A Needager In Love

6. Climb Ev'ry Mountain

7. Once Only Once

8. Shalom

9. I'll Never Love Again

10. Sometimes I'm Happy

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Track List: Venus (Expanded Version)

1. Venus

2. Once, Only Once

3. Standing On The Corner

4. You Touched My Hand

5. One More Sunrise

6. My Favourite Song

7. How Unlucky Can You Be

8. Walkin' My Baby Back Home

9. I'll Never Love Again

10. Too Close For Comfort

11. Hold Me In Your Arms

12. In The Old Home Town

13. Sometimes I'm Happy

14. Climb Every Mountain

15. A Teenager In Love

16. Let Me Sing And I'm Happy

17. Roundabout

18. Moon River

19. I'll Sing You An Old Fashioned Song

20. Carolina In The Morning

21. Houng Dog

22. Shalom

23. Bye Bye Blackbird

24. Foggy Dew

25. Knees Up Mother Brown

26. Broken Hearted

27. A Fool That I Am

28. Old Pianna Rag

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Track List: Live In Concert

1. Roundabout

2. Moon River / Over The Rainbow

3. Old Fashioned Song / By The Light Of The Silvery Moon / Shine On Harvest Moon / Old Fashioned Song (Reprise)

4. Carolina In The Morning / Toot, Toot, Tootsie

5. Hound Dog

6. Shalom

7. Bye Bye Blackbird

8. The Foggy, Foggy Dew

9. Knees Up Mother Brown

10. Broken Hearted

11. A Fool That I Am

12. Old Pianna Rag

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Track List: Nostalgic Memories - The Very Best Of Dickie Valentine - Vol. 95

1. Finger Of Suspicion

2. You Belong To Me

3. Bye Bye Blackbird

4. Chapel Of Roses

5. Santa Lucia

6. Broken Wings

7. Cleo And Me-O

8. In A Golden Coach

9. Out Of Town

10. A Blossom Fell

11. Somebody Loves Me

12. Endless

13. No Such Luck

14. Putting On The Style

15. I Wonder

16. Pretty Baby

17. When I Was Young

18. The Homing Waltz

19. Don't Leave Me Now

20. Christmas Island

21. Snowbound For Christmas

22. The Old Pianna Rag

23. All The Time And Everywhere

24. The Windsor Waltz

25. Mr Sandman

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Track List: The Best Of Dickie Valentine

1. The Finger Of Suspicion

2. Broken Wings

3. Mr. Sandman

4. All The Time And Everywhere

5. In A Golden Coach

6. Endless

7. I Could Have Told You

8. The Homing Waltz

9. You Belong To Me

10. I Wonder

11. Christmas Alphabet

12. Old Pianna Rag

13. When I Was Young

14. I See You Again Every Night

16. My Arms, My Heart, My Love

17. All My Songs Are For You

18. Mr. Sandman

19. A Blossom Fell

20. Cleo And Meo

21. The Finger Of Suspicion

22. I'm Singing A Song For The Old Folks

23. Pretty Baby

24. For Me And My Gal

25. The Clown Who Cried

26. Knees Up Mother Brown

27. Rock A Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody

29. Santa Lucia

30. Bye Bye Blackbird

31. Broken Hearted

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Track List: One More Sunrise - The Pye Anthology

Disc 1

1. Venus

2. Where (In The Old Home Town)

3. A Teenager In Love

4. My Favourite Song

5. One More Sunrise

6. You Touch My Hand

7. Standing On The Corner

8. Roundabout

9. Once, Only Once

10. A Fool That I Am

11. Hold Me In Your Arms

12. How Unlucky Can You Be

13. Climb Ev'ry Mountain

14. Sometimes I'm Happy

15. I'll Never Love Again

16. Shalom

17. Too Close For Comfort

18. Walking My Baby Back Home

19. Let Me Sing And I'm Happy

Disc 2

1. Roundabout

5. Hound Dog

6. Shalom

7. Bye Bye Blackbird

8. The Foggy, Foggy Dew

9. Knees Up Mother Brown

10. Broken Hearted

11. A Fool That I Am

12. Old Pianna Rag

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Happy birthday to you today, Mr. Valentine!

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