Shirley Abicair


Shirley Abicair (given birth to 26 Oct 1928) can be an Australian-born vocalist, musician, TV character, actress, and writer.

Early life

Shirley Abicair was created in Melbourne, Australia. Some resources show her calendar year of delivery as 1935, but a modern account displays she was 23 or 24 on entrance in Britain and, as she acquired completed tertiary research in Australia, the sooner date seems much more likely. She was the just daughter of the Wing Commander in the RAAF.


She resided in Adelaide ahead of pursuing studies in the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and/or Sydney University or college (much like her year of delivery, accounts differ), where she studied viewpoint, languages as well as the arts.


While learning in Sydney she began singing at celebrations and private functions to aid her research, accompanying herself in the zither. Self-taught, she actually is said to possess discovered the zither whilst rummaging within a cupboard as a little child. She after that entered and gained a Sydney radio skill quest. This resulted in presents of engagements on radio and in theater and cabaret.In 1953, she still left Sydney for London. She was photographed with a paper photographer searching for pretty encounters whilst disembarking at London airport terminal. Her image was spotted with a radio manufacturer in the paper and within weeks this resulted in her showing up on BBC tv. Not much afterwards that season she acquired her own program where she sang and performed the zither. In Dec, she also made an appearance in the name role from the pantomime Cinderella with George Martin, the Casual Comedian, on the Brixton Empress Theater. The zither was, along with her Australian-ness, to be her brand. She released her initial record "Careless Like" that season. During 1954 she co-starred with comedian Norman Intelligence in the film One Great Turn.In 1956, she documented (using the various other George Martin producing) the title tune for the soundtrack from the traditional Australian movie Smiley. Through the middle/past due 1950s she hosted (with help from her puppet close friends, Australian indigenous kids, Tea Glass and Clothespeg), a string known as Children's Hour, a children's Television show. Along the way she became an unofficial ambassador and promoter of Australia to a era of British kids. This Australian picture was strengthened by her discharge of information with titles such as for example "(I REALLY LIKE You) Good Dinkum" and "Botany Bay". During 1959 she came back to Australia briefly to record some television documentary movies she acquired conceived, predicated on Australian folk music, entitled Shirley Abicair in Australia, for the Australian Broadcasting Fee (ABC) Television network.In 1962, she toured the Soviet Union, and in the same year she gave a recital on the Festival Hall in London. Afterwards that calendar year in Oct she visited the united states for performances. It had been in 1962 aswell that her children's reserve, Stories of Tumbarumba was released. In June 1963 she came back to the united states, appearing over the "Smothers Brothers" Television show and the -panel game show To be honest. 1965 noticed her released an EP, "Over the Nursery Defeat", that was several nursery rhymes place to a Mersey defeat. During 1965 she do a tour with United kingdom comedian Frankie Howerd to amuse British pushes stationed in the Malay Peninsula and Sarawak, Borneo, through the unrest there. This tour was filmed and afterwards released being a Television particular "East of Howerd". During 1966–1967 she released several more mature music on record including her edition from the Gerry Goffin–Carole Ruler song "Therefore Goes Appreciate'" and Paul Simon's "Blooms Never Bend using the Rainfall". She acquired previously, in the first 1960s, released three albums of folk music.She joined up with harmonica participant Larry Adler in 1968 to accomplish a children's theatre show. She started her very own one-woman theatre present in 1969 on the Arts Theater in London.In 1971, she moved to america (Oregon), where she appeared in some college concerts using the famous American writer Ken Kesey. Shirley Abicair presently lives in London and divides her time taken between Britain, the united states and Australia.

See also

Murray Sayle