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With the release of her album 'Straighten Up and Fly Right' in 1983 the jazz world sat up and took notice of her voice and this led to her fantastically successful concerts with Humphrey Lyttelton and his band, and their big-selling albums 'Echos Of The Duke' and 'Humph 'n' Helen'. They have played to packed houses all over Europe and the UK. Helen teamed up with the late Benny Green for the Johnny Mercer tribute show "The Quality Of Mercer" and the album of this show also proved a great favourite. Humph 'n Helen's latest album is entitled "Sing ,Swing Together". Helen has also guested with The BBC Big Band and THe BBC Concert Orchestra.
In 1990 Helen recorded the first of her phenomenally successful gospel albums entitled 'The Pearl'. This was followed by the equally successful albums 'Kadosh' , and 'Nothing But The Best' , which contained a duet with Cliff Richard. Helen's fourth gospel album is entitled 'Enter Unto his Gates'. Helen's gospel outreach evenings are presented to packed houses all over the UK and she has also presented these evenings in South Africa and Russia.
Helen's autobiography entitled 'Walking Back to Happiness' [what else!] was published in 1993 and she was the gob-smacked subject of 'This Is your Life' in 1995. In 1998 Helen headlined a 50 date sell-out UK tour with The Searchers and The Swinging Blue Jeans. Over the years she regularly performed in concert with Craig 'Only Sixteen' Douglas as her guest. In 1999 Helen's new show with her band, entitled 'Simply Shapiro' was premiered and this has also proved to be a big success. Helen contiues to mix her jazz with her gospel and her pop and regularly records new albums. She is one of our most enduring stars are there are, no doubt, many chapters still to be written in the Helen Shapiro career as she continues to thrill audiences world-wide with that unique voice.
Copyright © 1999 John Williams.....