Boom Bang-a-Bang: Get ready to Shout for Lulu


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Lulu is returning to Potters Resort on Sunday 10th May 2020 and we can’t wait to see her. The Scottish singer-songwriter, actress, TV personality and businesswoman was one of the biggest female stars of the 60s and has been in the music industry for over 50 years. She is the only British female solo artist to appear in the charts for five straight decades. Read our profile on the singer…


The 1960s

  • Lulu Kennedy-Cairns OBE was born Marie McDonald McLaughlin Lawrie and grew up in Dennistoun, Glasgow.
  • At age 14, she got the stage name Lulu from her future manager Marion Massey, who commented: "Well, all I know is that she's a real lulu of a kid.”
  • In 1964, she was signed and first hit the charts as a 15 year old soul sensation with a cover of the Isley Brothers’ Shout, reaching number seven in the charts.
  • She returned to the UK singles chart in April 1967, with The Boat That I Row, written by Neil Diamond, reaching number six in the charts.
  • She made her film debut in To Sir, with Love in 1967, starring Sidney Poitier, and performed the title song, which went to No.1 in the US.
  • She was one of four joint winners of the 1968 Eurovision Song Contest with Boom Bang-a-Bang.  
  • Lulu said: “In the beginning it was never about being famous. I wanted to sing, whether I got paid for it or not. Then all of a sudden I had a hit record. Bam! Boom! You don’t know what’s happening, it’s euphoric and terrifying at the same time, and you kind of get caught up in it.”
  • In the late 1960s, her pop career thrived and she had her own television series. These included co-hosting Gadzooks! It’s The In-Crowd, with Alan David, had regular appearances on Stramash! and appeared in Three of A Kind. She was given her own BBC TV series in 1968, which ran annually until 1975, including Lulu’s Back in Town, Happening for Lulu, It’s Lulu and Lulu.
  • “The first time I heard her sing, I knew we were born in the same pond” - James Brown


The 1970s

  • In 1972 she starred in the Christmas pantomime Peter Pan in Manchester and at the London Palladium in 1975, and returned to the same role in different London-based productions from 1987 to 1989.
  • She made an appearance on the Morecambe and Wise Show in 1973.
  • In 1974, Lulu sang the title theme to the James Bond feature The Man with the Golden Gun.
  • The same year she covered David Bowie’s songs The Man Who Sold the World and Watch That Man. The Man Who Sold the World became her first Top 10 hit in five years, peaking at number three in the UK chart.


The 1980s

  • Lulu hosted a long-running radio show on London’s Capital Radio station.
  • Notable stage appearances came in the early 1980s in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Song and Dance, and the Royal National Theatre’s Guys and Dolls.
  • In 1981 she returned to the US charts with I Could Never Miss You (More Than I Do), which was a Top 20 hit. She was nominated for a Grammy for Who’s Foolin’ Who from the Lulu album.


The 1990s

  • In 1993, Lulu made a recording comeback with the single Independence. The same year, the song I Don’t Wanna Fight, co-written by Lulu, became an international hit for Tina Turner.
  • In 1993, she featured on the Take That hit Relight My Fire. The song reached number one on the UK singles chart.
  • Lulu appeared in two episodes of Absolutely Fabulous and took on the role of Baby Spice for a Comic Relief song with French and Saunders.
  • In 1999, she hosted the Saturday night National Lottery game show, Red Alert and the theme song, sung by Lulu, was released as a single.



  • In 2000 she was awarded an OBE by the Queen, and her autobiography was published in 2002.
  • Her 2002 gold album Together was a collection of duets, featuring Elton John and Paul McCartney.
  • In 2005 Lulu released A Little Soul in Your Heart, a collection of soul collections.
  • She was a judge in 2006 on BBC’s reality show, Just the Two of Us, and launched her own range of beauty products called Time Bomb.
  • Lulu joined Chaka Khan and Anastasia to tour the UK with Here Come the Girls.



  • In 2011, Lulu took part in Strictly Come Dancing and was partnered by professional dancer, Brendan Cole.
  • In 2014 she opened the closing ceremony of the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.
  • Britain’s first great female rock and soul voice performed a successful nation-wide tour in 2015, which culminated with a summer packed with festival appearances including the infamous Glastonbury.
  • In 2016 and 2017, she went back on the road with two sell-out UK tours, stretching from Aberdeen to Torquay, doing what she loves best. She also performed in rock and blues clubs in the USA and Australia.
  • In 2018 she went to the West End for the starring role in 42nd Street, receiving incredible reviews for her performance in the show.

Most recently, in 2019 she embarked on yet another nationwide tour of the UK, confirming her popularity and enduring appeal with UK audiences all over the country.