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Elton John and singer Kiki Dee in 1978.
Paul Ewart in conversation with Kiki Dee, who is best known for his duet with Elton John while preparing for an Australian tour.
I was what you would call a "daddy girl". I joined my father, Fred, emotionally as a young girl and he was a big part of my life.
Dad was a Yorkshire worker, He did not have much opportunity in life, so when he recognized my talent, he really helped me move forward. Not in a way on the stage, he just so much believed in me. Maybe I would not be where I was, that it was not his support.
My older brother, David, he had many Elvis vinyl records and this was my first real introduction to music during the '50s. David was seven years older than me and was a little rocker. We're still close, like my sister, Betty, who is two years older than me.
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I found out I could sing from the fifth year and I remember asking you to play when my parents visited me. I came to the audition at the age of 16 for the London publishing house. Later, I became the first British singer to sign Tamla Motown label.
I met Elton [John] when I went to what I call his "rock" in London. His mom brought Neil Younga, so it was pretty strange.
My first impression on Elton was that it was a lot of funThat night I managed to break some champagne glasses in his kitchen, which he thought was hysterical. He has an incredible sense of humor and is very intelligent, too – super-sharp.
First time Elton shot it Do not break my heart, he sang my part in a very high voice. That's hysterical – I really want to have a copy! From there it developed into a duet.
Like many things in lifewhat is most successful is not necessarily what you are most attached to. This song was a lot of fun, but I did not think it was great music, just a pop record.
Two weeks I'm older than EltonWhat I do not let him forget! I do not see him many of these days – we are like cousins who rarely see each other. But whenever we do, we'll come back to our friendship right away. His life is so remarkable, while my time is pretty much on earth.
I never married and people always ask me about it. Well, I did not think so. I had a lot of good relationships, and the most serious was with Davey Johnstone, one of the Elton guitarists, with whom I was walking in the mid-seventies. It was a big part of my life and to this day we are great friends.
I never had children, I love children, but I've never been a woman of a child who has had a child. I was 39 years old when I was diagnosed with early stage of cervical cancer, which was definitely the end of the window for me. When I became ill, I was more in survival, and treatment left me infertile.
My professional relationships with men, like the one with my music partner, Carmelo Luggeri, are those who have gone far. I'm a bit unusual.
I really do not like to look back. I am grateful for the experiences I had, but I do not live in the past. Every decade in my life something new and interesting happens, so I'm trying to move on. And I'm trying to do that in my music.
I'm sorry, One might say that I am now another person, I grew up. I see myself as a singer, not like a pop star, which I like. In the seventies, it was all about getting a hit, and now there is no pressure. I like freedom and I love to sing.
I will try to sing as much as I can, and just enjoy it as much as possible.
An intimate evening with Kiki Dee and Carmel Luggeries travels to Australia from 18 July to 25 August.