Barbara Dickson was born in Dunfermline and even since leaving at 17 years old to the big city of Edinburgh, she remains supportive of the area with performances and the odd shout out on Twitter.
Starting with a love of folk music she performed at Dunfermline’s Howff Club and worked with other familiar folk names including; Billy Connolly, Gerry Rafferty, Rabbles Noakes and Archie Fisher.
Dickson expanded beyond the folk genre and a partnership with musician and playwright Willy Russell from 1974 resulted in her performing in musicals; John, Paul, George, Ringo, … and Bert and Blood Brothers. The duet with Elaine Paige I know him so well, was Number One in the UK and sold over 900,000 copies worldwide.
Awarded with an OBE in 2002 for her Services to Music and Drama, Dickson continues to make albums, tour she also recently starred as one of the residents in the BBC’s Real Marigold Hotel.
She has 17 Platinum and Gold albums and is Scotland’s biggest-selling female singer of all time. She is an ambassador for Alzheimer’s awareness at Nordoff-Robbins Scotland and Patron of Fife Headway and of the Fife Society for the Blind.
Discover the songs you know and new ones from her catalogue on the Spotify playlist below.