b. Gillian Arnold, 1943, England. Although UK vocalist Polly Perkins did not have a hit single, she was a constant feature of pop papers and television owing to numerous, crafted publicity stunts. Her on/off engagement with rock ‘n’ roll singer Terry Dene - itself a fabrication - made the national press, and viewers of Juke Box Jury were shocked when Perkins appeared wearing a collar and tie and pin-striped suit. Her debut, ‘I Reckon You’, was issued by Decca Records in 1963. It was an ‘answer’ disc to Mike Sarne’s ‘Come Outside’, with ‘Bill’ as her hapless foil. Perkins compèred early editions of the pioneering UK television show Ready, Steady, Go!, but resumed recording when replaced by Cathy McGowan. She switched to Oriole Records, completing ‘I Gotta Tell’, ‘Young Lover’ and ‘Falling In Love Again’ between 1963 and 1965. Perkins then ceased recording for a spell, preferring one-woman cabaret shows. In 1969 she briefly joined the progressive folk group the Academy, with whom she recorded a solitary album. During the 70s Perkins remained a popular club entertainer. The content of her performance formed the core of 1972’s Liberated Woman. A further album, Me followed, but by the end of the decade Perkins had ceased recording. However, she regained a semblance of notoriety as a member of the cast of BBC television’s short-lived 90s soap, Eldorado. The series was set in Spain, where Perkins now lives and performs.
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