Joan Regan dies aged 85

Publié le par The Guardian

The Guardianpublished 14/06/2013 at 11:02 BST

Essex singer had own BBC TV series in the 60s and was a regular at the London Palladium


Joan Regan pictured in 1958. Photograph: PA


The singer Joan Regan has died in London aged 85, the BBC says.

Regan had chart hits in the late 50s and early 60s with records including Ricochet, May You Always and If I Give My Heart To You and also had her own BBC TV series Be My Guest.

Born in Romford, Essex, she was signed up by theatre impresario Bernard Delfont and went on to star on both sides of the Atlantic with artists including Perry Como, Max Bygraves and Cliff Richard, and performed on many occasions at the London Palladium.

An accident in the shower in 1984 caused a blood clot on the brain and left her paralysed and without speech, but through therapy she made a complete recovery and was able to sing again.

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