Singer Ross Hannaman was born and raised in London, earning a growing reputation for her cabaret act when she signed to EMI in 1967 to pursue a career in pop music. Her debut single, "1969," appeared two years prior to its title -- even better was its B-side, the lush "Probably on Thursday," one of the first recorded collaborations from EMI staffer Tim Rice (then Hannaman's boyfriend and manager) and composer Andrew Lloyd Webber. Rice and Lloyd Webber also authored the follow-up, "Down Through Summer" -- like its predecessor, the single went nowhere and Hannaman's solo career was essentially finished. The Evening Standard nevertheless named her its "face" of the year in 1968 -- soon after she married EMI producer Mark Wirtz, and together they wrote songs under the aliases Philwit and Bigsby; they also recorded together as the Sweetshop, cutting the single "Barefoot and Tiptoe" as part of Wirtz' unfinished masterpiece A Teenage Opera.
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