Tuesday, January 20, 2009

People Like Us were really people like us

Late 2008 I had an interview with Cindy Dickenson who was the voice of South-African outfit 'People Like Us' who had a hit song 'Deliverance' in 1987. I didn't want to add the whole interview here so here are the 'highlights' of what was established during the interview:
Cindy was born in the UK and received professional training from the age of ten as a soprano at The Manchester School Of Music under Professor Campbell from BBC Radio.
She worked with various bands all over the UK and also got involved with song writing.
She came to visit her sister in South Africa and enjoyed it so much that she decided to stay. Whilst there she got an agent, which got her signed at RPM Records. She soon released a rock orientated single ‘Love Stealer’ which had on the B-side one of her own compositions called ‘You make me fee like a women’. With that song she won a Sarie Award (South African equivalent to the Grammies).
The group Syndicate, with band member Peps Cotummaccio, approached her to join them and they were soon touring Cape Town for six months and also travelled to Italy, England, Greece, Portugal and Mexico for performances. They released the single ‘Don’t Go Into Town’.
She also travelled on the passenger cruise ship the QE2 as the singer for the Harry Bence Orchestra for six months, which travelled from the UK to America.
Paul Crossley and Terry Owen then became involved with her on ‘People Like Us’ and recorded several songs for which she received very little money and nothing was signed officially. Later after the initial success of ‘People Like Us’ this would become one of the topics that would tore the relationships of the band to an irreconcilable situation.
After the birth of her son Cindy took a break from the industry and later became involved with other projects including ‘Strutt’ with Denise Ostler and Helena Muir. ‘Strutt recently also included a male singer David who came from Cindy’s singing school ‘Reach For The Stars Voice Training Academy’, of which she is the director.
Cindy Dickenson is currently living in Durban, South Africa where her husband is the radio DJ Dave Guselli on East Coast Radio.

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