Dana Gillespie, About, Biography, Age, Albums, Affairs, Vital Stats, Upcoming tours | Droutinelife

Droutinelife: Dana Gillespie About

Dana Gillespie is a singer, an actress, a songwriter. She has been a radio person and a theater artist as well. She was also a sportsperson once British junior water-skiing champion. Dana has given many stage performances too.

Dana’s Birth details:

Dana’s Birth Name: Richenda Antoinette de Winterstein Gillespie

Date of Birth: 30 March 1949

Place of Birth: Woking, United Kingdom

Parents: Father: Baron de Winterstein Gillespie, a retired Austrian radiologist; Mother: a cousin of Lord Buxton.

Dana’s Personal Details:

Height: 5‘ 8”
Birth Sign: Aries
Ethnicity: White
Eye Color: Dark brown
Hair Color: Light brown
Body Measurements: 34-25-35
Breast Size: 34
Waist size: 25
Hip Size: 35
Weight in KG: 62kg
Affair with: David Bowie (1971), Mick Jagger(1976), Bob Dylan, Donovan, jimmy Page (1966)
Movies: Mojo Blues Band (1981 – 1983)

First recording: at the age of 15, she recorded for Pye, with Donovan on guitar

Type of music: folk in the 60s, Bowie-esque glam-rock in 70s, and today the raunchy in-your-face blues.

Record labels: RCA Records, Decca Records, Ace Records, RCA, Bellaphon Records, Rev-Ola Records

Awards: Porin Award for Best Jazz Music Album

Stage appearances: Jesus Christ Superstar, The Tempest, Tommy, Cinderella and two one-woman shows Cora and The Dirtiest Blues In Town.

Dana’s current shows: An Audience with Dana Gillespie and Dana Gillespie & the London Blues Band.

Dana’s theatre shows: in London’s West End theatres, in shows:
the first run of Jesus Christ Superstar (playing Mary Magdalene)
The Who’s “Tommy” (playing the Acid Queen) and
the rock Othello, “Catch My Soul”

TV appearances: Ready Steady Go, Little & Large and Seaside Special.

Sit coms: ‘Til Death Do Us Part and Mum’s Boys.
More recently she has been on Pebble Mill and TV AM, William Tell, The Bill and Sunday Pursuit.

Albums: Weren’t Born a Man, Blues It Up, Boogie Woogie Nights, MORE

The British Blues Connection and Blueprint Magazine voted Dana as ‘‘Top British Female Blues Vocalist‘ between the years 1992 and 1996.

Dana is indeed an International Blues legend. Dana has been singing blues from a very early age. She has been into singing for over 45 years.
Dana says: “I discovered the blues when I went to the American Folk Blues Festival in 1962 and also to see the Yardbirds at the Marquee Club. I was in my early teens and hadn’t heard anything like it before – blues wasn’t easily available in the UK back then”. “Blues was my first musical love because it’s earthy, spiritual and honest.”
“I believe the blues should be sung by an older person because it’s about emotions and experience. I couldn’t do justice to it when I was younger because my voice didn’t have the edge it needed to convey the emotion, nor did I have the first hand experience to sing about blue themes convincingly”, she adds.

After a wrap of singles on Pye and two LPs for Decca, Dana enthused to RCA and made WEREN’T BORN A MAN in 1973.

Dana hosted a radio show:

named “Globe Trotting With Gillespie” on Blue Danube Radio.

Dana has already released six blues albums through Ace.

• BLUE JOB, recorded in 1982, a humorous risqué twist collection.
• LP, BELOW THE BELT
• LP, SWEET MEAT concentrated on “fat” and “thin”
• STAYING POWER
• Latest CD ‘Live with the London Blues Band’ on Ace.


Dana is a great follower of Indian Spiritual Guru
Sri Sathya Sai Baba and has also recorded thirteen bhajan-based albums in Sanskrit.

Dana has got three albums recorded in Sanskrit, under the pseudonym THIRD MAN.

Dana’s Book: Mirrors of Love. Through this book dana has worked together with the world famous Austrian artist Jorg Huber. A CD of the book is also available.

Dana’s upcoming tours in 2018

 

Date   Venue Artist
March 7/8/9/10 Jazzland,Vienna Joachim Palden Trio
April 23rd Banana Peel Club, Belgium London Blues Band
April 29rd 606 Club, London London Blues Band
May 10th Murderers, Norwich Dave Thomas Blues Band
October 19/20/21/22/23 Jazzland, Vienna Joachim Palden Trio
October 27th Norwich Arts Centre Dave Thomas Blues Band

Dana Gillespie Movies

Film Director Actor Year
THE LOST CONTINENT Michael Carreras Eric Porter and Charles Houston 1968
MAHLER Ken Russell Robert Powell and Georgina Hale 1974
PEOPLE THAT TIME FORGOT Kevin Connor Doug McClure, Patrick Wayne and Sarah Douglas 1977
SCRUBBERS
THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES Peter Cook, Denholm Elliott and Irene Handl 1977
BAD TIMING Nicolas Roeg Russell, Harvey Keitel and Denholm Elliott 1980
SINK OR SWIM the late Roy Kinner & Chris Langham 1976
PARKER Jim Goddard Hannelore Elsner & Cheri Lunghi 1984
STRAPLESS David Hare Blair Brown and Bruno Ganz 1989
BYRON’S MINE! Nick McCann Byron 1992

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