Lulu was born Marie McDonald McLaughlin Lawrie, on November 3rd, 1948, the eldest of a family of four, in Lennox Castle, Lennoxtown, Glasgow - the daughter of a local butcher. She started singing almost immediately.
In actual fact, Columbia (EMI) turned down Lulu and The Luvvers, the first record company they approached for a deal, but no matter. Within weeks, they were signed up by Decca and made their first single, ’Shout’. When it was released in the spring of 1964, it became a smash hit and launched Lulu on the road to stardom. ’Shout’ went on to take the British Singles Chart by storm and finally reached No.7.
She was awarded the O.B.E., in June 2000, in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List, for her contribution to the Entertainment Industry, and a further honour was to come in December 2000, when Lulu was given a Doctorate Of Music by The University Of Westminster.