BARBARA Dickson had been dubbed the most successful Scottish female artist of all time, and yet the trappings of fame and celebrity are concepts completely alien to her.
Utter the word star at your peril– she just cannot abide the label.
“I’ve never been a star. I don’t see myself in that way and I never have,” she explains in her soft, melodic voice.
“I never had a house with a swimming pool and I never wanted to let people think I was anything more than they were. Celebrity is a hugely embarrassing label.”
A precocious child, she began studying piano at the age of five and by 12 had taught herself to play the guitar. She discovered folk music while at school which led to floor spots singing at her local club.
Her life as a ‘travelling folk musician’ was thrust in an unexpected direction when old friend and playwright Willy Russell offered her a role in his 1974 Beatles’ musical ‘John, Paul, George, Ringo… and Bert’ . She went on to win an award for Best Actress in a Musical from the Society of West End Theatres for her performance in another of Russell’s productions in 1983: Blood Brothers.
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