Lyn Paul

Lyn Paul was born Lynda Susan Belcher on‭ ‬16‭ ‬February,‭ ‬1949‭ ‬in Wythenshawe.‭ ‬She changed her name to Lyn Paul before joining the international pop group The New Seekers in‭ ‬1970.‭ ‬She has now found most recognition and critical acclaim as the lead role Mrs Johnstone,‭ ‬in the long-running West End musical Blood Brothers.‭ ‬Lyn began her career in show business as a child actress with a small part in the television drama Coronation Street in‭ ‬1960‭ ‬which led her to be in the first ever episode.‭ ‬In the early‭ ‬1960s she changed her name to Tansy Paul and began a solo career as a pop singer.‭ ‬She went on to lead her own teenage girl band the Crys-Do-Lyns,‭ ‬touring all over the continent in the‭ ‬1960s,‭ ‬before joining the Manchester group the Nocturnes along with Eve Graham,‭ ‬who subsequently left to join the New Seekers.

When Sally Graham left The New Seekers,‭ ‬Eve recommended Lyn for the position.‭ ‬Graham sang lead on most of their earlier hits,‭ ‬but Paul was gradually entrusted with a lot of the lead parts.‭ ‬She was the featured vocalist on hits including their‭ ‬1972‭ ‬Eurovision Song Contest entry,‭ "‬Beg,‭ ‬Steal or Borrow‭" ‬in which they came second‭; ‬the‭ ‬1974‭ ‬Number‭ ‬1‭ ‬hit‭ "‬You Won't Find Another Fool Like Me‭"; ‬and the Top‭ ‬10‭ ‬single,‭ "‬I Get A Little Sentimental Over You‭"‬.‭ ‬She also sang lead on the groups‭' ‬final single‭ "‬Sing Hallelujah‭" ‬which sank without trace.‭ ‬They also recorded the song‭ "‬I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing‭"‬,‭ ‬adapted from an advertising jingle for Coca-Cola,‭ ‬which is one of the‭ ‬100‭ ‬best-selling singles in the UK‭ (‬list issued in‭ ‬2002‭)‬.

They had many other hits,‭ ‬including number‭ ‬1‭'‬s,‭ ‬top‭ ‬5‭ ‬hits and top‭ ‬10‭ ‬hits,‭ ‬which led to successful tours all over the world and performances in the London Palladium and Royal Albert Hall.‭ ‬They performed for such people as U.S.‭ ‬President Richard Nixon and his inauguration.‭ ‬In‭ ‬2001,‭ ‬the New Seekers were recreated on the popular talent show Stars in Their Eyes by a group of youngsters impersonating the band.

In‭ ‬1974,‭ ‬after she left the group,‭ ‬Paul performed as a solo artist for many years and became a television personality,‭ ‬appearing on many television programmes including:Emergency Ward‭ ‬10,‭ ‬Skyport,‭ ‬Give Us A Clue,‭ ‬Celebrity Squares,‭ ‬as well as countless variety programmes.‭ ‬Her first solo single was the Golden Globe nominated‭ "‬Sail The Summer Winds‭"‬,‭ ‬a John Barry‭ ‬/‭ ‬Don Black composition,‭ ‬which was the theme to the first film produced by Gregory Peck,‭ ‬1974‭'‬s The Dove.‭ ‬She had a British Top‭ ‬40‭ ‬hit in‭ ‬1975‭ ‬with‭ "‬It Oughta Sell A Million‭"‬.‭ ‬It didn't.‭ ‬During her solo career,‭ ‬she has worked with Andy Williams,‭ ‬Jack Jones,‭ ‬Dionne Warwick and Liza Minnelli,‭ ‬and has won various accolades including the Carl-Alan Award several times.

Her other Polydor singles include‭ "‬Who's Sorry Now‭"‬,‭ "‬Love‭"‬,‭ "‬Here Comes That Wonderful Feeling‭" ‬and‭ "‬Mama Don't Wait For Me‭"‬.‭ ‬In‭ ‬1977,‭ ‬Paul sang‭ "‬If Everybody Loved The Same As You‭" ‬in the Song for Europe UK selection,‭ ‬coming fourth.‭ ‬She went on to record‭ "‬I Don't Believe You Ever Loved Me‭"‬,‭ ‬the Doobie Brothers‭' "‬Echoes Of Love‭" ‬and a‭ ‬1980s power-ballad‭ "‬Make The Night‭"‬.‭ ‬She recorded lead vocals for a Gonks Christmas single‭ "‬The Gonks Are Here For Christmas‭" ‬in‭ ‬1985.‭ ‬She also headlined at many popular cabaret clubs including:‭ ‬The Cockney Cabaret,‭ ‬the Talk of London,‭ ‬and the Café Royal.

In recent years,‭ ‬she has been a regular on radio programmes,‭ ‬being interviewed and asked about her views. In‭ ‬2006,‭ ‬she released a new album titled Late Night.‭ ‬It contains her versions of some of her favourite songs,‭ ‬including‭ "‬Crying‭"‬,‭ "‬I Only Have Eyes For You‭"‬,‭ ‬Luther Vandross‭' "‬Dance With My Father‭" ‬and Nanci Griffith's‭ "‬Late Night Grande Hotel‭"‬.‭ ‬In addition,‭ ‬it also contains two new tracks written for her,‭ "‬Dance With Desire‭" ‬and‭ "‬Clouds‭"‬.

After a spell of bad luck,‭ ‬Lyn found major success,‭ ‬when she starred in the West End production of Blood Brothers,‭ ‬in the matriarchal lead role of Mrs.‭ ‬Johnstone.‭ ‬It was a part she debuted in‭ ‬1997,‭ ‬and has played many times up to and including‭ ‬2008‭ ‬very successfully.‭ ‬Paul is arguably one of the best Mrs Johnstones there has been,‭ ‬performing the show-stopping‭ "‬Tell Me It's not True‭" ‬to standing ovations every night.‭ ‬The role has previously been played by people such as Kiki Dee,‭ ‬Petula Clark and four of The Nolan Sisters. During one of her breaks from Blood Brothers,‭ ‬it was rumoured that she would be starring in the ABBA musical Mamma Mia‭!‬,‭ ‬but nothing came of the rumours.‭ ‬Paul has also played many principal roles in traditional pantomimes,‭ ‬her most recent being the title role in Dick Whittington and His Cat in the Theatre Royal Windsor's annual production performed during the‭ ‬2001‭ ‬Christmas season.

Paul starred in the stage production of the Boy George musical Taboo,‭ ‬playing the down-trodden Josie James,‭ ‬who follows her son to London and escapes her unfulfilled life,‭ ‬performing two of the shows‭' ‬numbers‭ "‬Talk Amongst Yourselves‭" ‬and‭ "‬Independent Woman‭"‬.‭ ‬The cast included performers such as:‭ ‬Euan Morton,‭ ‬Julian Clary,‭ ‬Hannah Jane Fox,‭ ‬John Partridge,‭ ‬Dianne Pilkington,‭ ‬Boy George,‭ ‬and Matt Lucas.‭ ‬The cast album was held back in production to allow her to feature in it.

In‭ ‬2003,‭ ‬Paul performed in a new workshop musical called The Biz‭!‬,‭ ‬playing the part of Amanda Power,‭ ‬a theatrical diva who likes to flirt with young men from the chorus and invariably gets her own way with everything.‭ ‬The show was flamboyant from start to finish,‭ ‬with choreography by Brian Rogers and music written by Chris Hamel-Cooke and Charles Garland.‭ ‬Also in‭ ‬2004‭ ‬she performed in another new workshop musical.‭ ‬Written by Yusaf Islam,‭ ‬better known as Cat Stevens and partly biographical,‭ ‬the musical was named after his‭ ‬1971‭ ‬hit Moonshadow.‭ ‬Others taking part included Paul Keating‭ ‬,‭ ‬Ramin Karimloo,‭ ‬Jerome Pradon and Matthew White.

Paul has also turned to television acting with some success,‭ ‬appearing in ITV's Emmerdale,‭ ‬in the role of ballroom dancer Freda Danby.‭ ‬She returned to the role in‭ ‬2005‭ ‬by popular demand.‭ ‬She has also appeared in episodes of Doctors and In Deep on BBC TV.‭ ‬She was seen on British TV screens in December‭ ‬2006‭ ‬in the BBC's Holby City.‭ ‬As well as these acting roles,‭ ‬she has appeared on Songs of Praise as a performer and The Weakest Link as a contestant.

Paul joined the cast of Footloose‭ ‬-‭ ‬the Musical in the West End‭ ‬2007‭ ‬National Tour company in the role of Vi Moore,‭ ‬who was previously played by Cheryl Baker.‭ ‬She played the emotionally exhausted mother torn between her rebellious daughter,‭ ‬Ariel,‭ ‬and controlling husband,‭ ‬Reverend Moore,‭ ‬previously played by David Essex.‭ ‬She sings lead songs such as the emotional ballad‭ "‬Can You Find It In Your Heart‭" ‬and duets‭ "‬Learning To Be Silent‭"‬,‭ ‬as well as being in the company numbers.‭ ‬After the six-month tour,‭ ‬the cast re-opened the show at the Playhouse Theatre,‭ ‬London on August‭ ‬17,‭ ‬2007.‭ ‬Paul continued her role until December‭ ‬2007.‭ ‬The musical contains many‭ ‬80s hits,‭ ‬including‭ "‬Holding Out For A Hero‭"‬,‭ "‬Almost Paradise‭"‬,‭ "‬Let's Hear It for the Boy‭" ‬and title track‭ "‬Footloose‭"‬.

Personal Life:
It was alleged that Paul had a brief affair with Jack Jones and she dated Rod Stewart at separate times during the‭ ‬1970s and the‭ ‬1980s were a turbulent time for her.‭ ‬Times became hard,‭ ‬she endured a brief unhappy marriage with notorious Liverpool businessman and night-club owner Henry Vincent McCaffrey‭ (‬Vince McCaffrey‭)‬,‭ ‬that was played out in the tabloids.‭ ‬The marriage took place in April‭ ‬1980‭ ‬and only lasted till November‭ ‬1980‭ ‬with the final divorce in‭ ‬1985.‭ ‬While on her honeymoon,‭ ‬her home in Sefton Park,‭ ‬the former Brazilian Embassy,‭ ‬was broken into,‭ ‬resulting in‭ ‬£30,000‭ ‬worth of damage and theft.‭ ‬Her car was also broken into twice on separate occasions,‭ ‬whilst she was performing,‭ ‬thieves stealing many expensive dresses and costumes.‭ ‬Paul had a cancer scare which forced her to have an abortion,‭ ‬that was truly devastating for her.

After her marriage split,‭ ‬she moved in with good friend Mike Nolan,‭ ‬of Bucks Fizz fame and, in‭ ‬1994,‭ ‬Paul declared herself bankrupt.‭ ‬After five years of tax wrangles,‭ ‬she owed‭ ‬£26,000‭ ‬in tax,‭ ‬but soon after found herself back on top. She is now happily married to husband Alan Young,‭ ‬with whom she has a son,‭ ‬Ryan.‭ ‬From late‭ ‬2006‭ ‬to February‭ ‬2007,‭ ‬they turned their hands at being publicans and ran a pub,‭ ‬The Beehive,‭ ‬in Englefield Green,‭ ‬Surrey.

She is a fan of the English football club Sunderland AFC.‭ ‬Her support of the team is borne out of the happy memories she has of appearing in the Sunderland Empire Theatre's‭ ‬1987‭ ‬Christmas pantomime production of Aladdin.‭ ‬According to an interview she gave to the local newspaper Sunderland Echo,‭ ‬on September‭ ‬6,‭ ‬2005,‭ "‬Sunderland has some great people...‭ ‬they welcomed us all and were so friendly‭"‬.‭ ‬She also recalls‭ "‬...‭ ‬being invited to the football on New Year’s Day‭ [‬1988‭] ‬too.‭ ‬I’ve had some terrific times in Sunderland‭"‬.