I look back and wonder why I wasted my time talking about fried potatoes with the great John Lennon. Back then she was plain Pauline Matthews. Will she ever duet with the flamboyant superstar again? When a record company scout saw her perform one night he invited her to London to do an audition and she was promptly signed as a solo artist to Fontana Records in He and I ended up talking about that great staple of the northern chip shop, the scallop - a slice of potato fried in batter. I was just so thrilled that mum and dad - who are no longer with us - got to see me achieve success after 10 years of me trying so hard.
My family are all coming to that gig and I already feel quite emotional about the link with dad.
Kiki Dee: I've had music in me for 50 years
He's a fascinating person, incredibly loyal and one of the funniest, most quick-witted people I've ever met. But I wanted to try new things as a writer and singer. I was just so thrilled that mum and dad - who are no longer with us - got to see me achieve success after 10 years of me trying so hard. The year-old singer Kiki Dee defies age with her youthful looks. She left school at 16 and worked at Boots in Bradford but in the evenings sang songs by the likes of Ella Fitzgerald with a dance band in Leeds. Creatively I feel free to move on.