British 60s Mod Era Classic: "To Sir With Love" Lulu (1967)
By John Roberts
Los Angeles, California
February 7, 2017 9:08am CST
If Lulu is recalled at all in the US, it for her #1 hit from 50 years ago “To Sir With Love” but in the UK Lulu is an institution with a long and successful career filled with many UK hits. She can belt out a song with soul. The Scottish singer was born Marie Lawrie and at 15, enjoyed her first hit with a cover of “Shout” at UK #7 in 1964. Her big break was being cast in the 1967 movie “To Sir With Love” starring Sidney Poitier as an engineer taking a teaching position at a rough London East End school. Lulu plays Babs, one of the unruly students he wins over. Composed by Don Black (Oscar winner for “Born Free”) and Mark Lindon, “To Sir With Love” was a colossal hit reigning #1 five consecutive weeks in the US. Incredibly the song was not Oscar nominated. Despite the song’s success and Lulu’s voice, she was never heard that much again in the US. Lulu did sing the title track for the James Bond movie “The Man with the Gold Gun.”
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Who is James Bind? I have never heard of him. Just teasing! To Sir With Love was a great movie and a great song.
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