#80 Elaine Paige / Eddy Grant – 05 March 1948

Elaine Paige

Photo by aunt agatha

Elaine Paige OBE (née Bickerstaff; born 5 March 1948) is an English singer and actress best known for her work in musical theatre. Raised in Barnet, North London, Paige attended the Aida Foster stage school and made her first professional appearance on stage in 1964, at the age of 16. Her appearance in the 1968 production of Hair marked her West End debut. Following a number of roles over the next decade, Paige was selected to play Eva Perón in the first production of Evita in 1978, which brought her to the attention of the broader public. For this role, she won the Laurence Olivier Award for Performance of the Year in a Musical. She went on to originate the role of Grizabella in Cats and had a Top 10 hit with Memory, a song from the show. In 1985, Paige released I Know Him So Well with Barbara Dickson from the musical Chess, which remains the biggest-selling record by a female duo.

Eddy Grant

Photo by Stuart Sevastos

Eddy Grant (born Edmond Montague Grant, 5 March 1948) is a musician, born in Plaisance, Guyana. In 1982, his solo recording of I Don’t Wanna Dance spent three weeks at Number one in the UK Singles Chart. Electric Avenue was both a UK and U.S. number 2 in 1983, selling over a million copies.

Links:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elaine_Paige
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eddy_Grant

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