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Alma Angela Cogan

Singer. Known as "The Girl With The Giggle In Her Voice," she began performing as a child, auditioning for bandleader Ted Heath. She was signed as a recording artist for HMV Records while still in her teens, releasing her first record in 1952. Shortly afterwards, she became the resident singer on the BBC Radio show "Take It From Here," and followed up with a string of hits including "Bell Bottom Blues," "Little Things Mean A Lot," "I Can't Tell A Waltz From a Tango," "Never Do A Tango With An Eskimo" and "You, Me And Us." She was also well known for her outrageously huge dresses and her celebrity life style, with her London apartment becoming a meeting place for fellow showbusiness icons to relax away from the eyes of the public and media. She was particularly close to The Beatles, and after the music business changed direction in the early 1960s she recorded many successful interpretations of their songs, including "Eight Days A Week" and "I Feel Fine." In 1966 she was diagnosed with throat cancer but continued to sing until her death at the tragically early age of 34. In 1991 interest was revived in her career after the publication of the novel "Alma Cogan" by Gordon Burn, which involved a hypothetical plot based on a reclusive Alma who had survived her illness but withdrawn from public life. Alma was the sister of singer-actress Sandra Caron.

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  • Added: 12 Feb 2005
  • Find A Grave Memorial 10464873
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Alma Angela Cogan (19 May 1932–26 Oct 1966), Find A Grave Memorial no. 10464873, citing Bushey Jewish Cemetery, Bushey, Watford Borough, Hertfordshire, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .