|Birth name||Rosemary Brown|
|Born||August 30, 1951 |
|Genre(s)||Celtic, Folk, Pop, Christian|
|Years active||1970 – present|
Dana Rosemary Scallon is better known as Dana, Irish singer and former politician. Events 1363 - Beginning date of the Battle of Lake Poyang; the forces of two Chinese rebel leaders— Chen Youliang and Year 1951 ( MCMLI) was a Common year starting on Monday. Events of 1951 January London ( ˈlʌndən is the capital and largest urban area in the United Kingdom. The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom, the UK or Britain,is a Sovereign state located A music genre is a categorical and typological construct that identifies musical sounds as belonging to a particular category and type of music that can be distinguished from other Celtic music is a term utilised by artists record companies music stores and music magazines to describe a broad grouping of Musical genres that evolved out of the Folk Folk music can have a number of different meanings including Traditional music: The original meaning of the term "folk music" was synonymous Pop music as a genre features a noticeable rhythmic element catchy melodies and hooks, a mainstream style and conventional structure Christian music is music that is written to express either personal or a communal belief regarding Christian life A politician (from Greek " Polis " is an individual who is involved in influencing public decision making through the influence of Politics or a person In the Music industry, a record label can be a Brand and a Trademark associated with the Marketing of music recordings and Music Rex Records was a United Kingdom based Record label founded in 1933 by the Crystalate Gramophone Record Manufacturing Company, also the parent Decca Records is a British Record label established in 1929 by Edward Lewis. Word Records is a Christian Record label based in Nashville Tennessee. The Irish people ( Irish: Muintir na hÉireann, na hÉireannaigh, na Gaeil) are a Western European Ethnic group who originate She was born Rosemary Brown on 30 August 1951 in London, England, and raised in Derry, Northern Ireland. Events 1363 - Beginning date of the Battle of Lake Poyang; the forces of two Chinese rebel leaders— Chen Youliang and Year 1951 ( MCMLI) was a Common year starting on Monday. Events of 1951 January London ( ˈlʌndən is the capital and largest urban area in the United Kingdom. England is a Country which is part of the United Kingdom. Its inhabitants account for more than 83% of the total UK population whilst its mainland Northern Ireland (Tuaisceart Éireann Ulster Scots: Norlin Airlann) is a Country within the United Kingdom, lying in the northeast of Her career began when, as an A-level student, she won the 1970 Eurovision Song Contest with "All Kinds of Everything", a subsequent worldwide hit and million-seller. The A-level, short for Advanced Level, is a General Certificate of Education qualification in England, Northern Ireland and Wales, Year 1970 ( MCMLXX) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link shows full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. " All Kinds of Everything " was the winning song in the Eurovision Song Contest 1970, written by Derry Lindsay and Jackie Smith, and sung in Thirty-plus singles and thirty-plus albums later, Dana's career continues, now also as a writer and performer of Contemporary Catholic music – like "The Rosary" album, another worldwide hit and million-seller. Contemporary Catholic music is a subset of Contemporary Christian music. The Rosary (from Latin rosarium, meaning "rose garden" or "garland of roses" is a popular traditional Roman Catholic devotion.
She surprised many with her performance in the Irish presidential election of 1997. The Irish presidential election of 1997 was held on 30 October 1997 Standing as an Independent, she came in third, beating the Labour Party candidate in the process. In Politics, an independent is a Politician who is not Affiliated with any Political party. The Labour Party (Páirtí an Lucht Oibre is a Democratic socialist and Social democratic Political party in the Republic of Ireland. She answered calls to continue in politics by becoming an MEP in 1999, the first woman elected to represent the constituency of Connaught-Ulster in the European Parliament. A Member of the European Parliament ( English abbreviation MEP) is a member of the European Union 's legislative body the European Parliament. Year 1999 ( MCMXCIX) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar) Connacht-Ulster was a European Parliament constituency in Ireland between 1979 and 2004 The European Parliament ( Europarl or EP) is the only directly elected parliamentary institution of the European Union (EU
Dana was born in 89 Frederica Street, Islington, London, where she lived for five years until her Catholic family returned to Derry, Northern Ireland, the place they were forced to leave after the war to find work. Islington is the central district of the London Borough of Islington. Catholic is an Adjective derived from the Greek adjective '' / 'katholikos' meaning "whole" or "complete". World War II, or the Second World War, (often abbreviated WWII) was a global military conflict which involved a majority of the world's nations, including While they were still living at number 89, the classic Ealing comedy, The Ladykillers (1955), was filmed in the vicinity. For the film see Ealing Comedy (film. For the film comedies see Ealing Comedies. This article is about the 1955 film For the remake see The Ladykillers (2004 film. Year 1955 ( MCMLV) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1955 Gregorian calendar) A film set for "Mrs Wilberforce's house" was built at the end of her street, backing onto railway lines from Kings Cross station, where her father was now working. King's Cross station is a major railway terminus opened in 1852 She was brought up on Derry's new Creggan housing estate, attending the Holy Child's Infant School and St Eugene's Primary School before Thornhill College welcomed her in 1963. Creggan ( Irish: An Creagán; meaning stony place) is a large housing estate in Derry in Northern Ireland. A housing estate is a group of buildings built together as a single development Thornhill College is a Roman Catholic girls Grammar school in Derry, Northern Ireland on the north-western coast of the island of Ireland Year 1963 ( MCMLXIII) was a Common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. In 1967, the family moved into Rossville Street flats. Year 1967 ( MCMLXVII) was a Common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar of the 1967 Gregorian calendar. These nine-story apartment blocks were brand new, but within twenty years they were being demolished. The Browns never forgot their time in England, returning there most summers to visit friends and relatives.
Her parents were musical – Dad played the trumpet and Mum the piano – and they passed on their love of music to their three sons and three daughters; they had four daughters, but second-born Grace died from a penicillin allergy, aged eight months. The piano is a Musical instrument played by means of a keyboard that produces sound by striking steel strings with Felt covered hammers Penicillin (sometimes abbreviated PCN or pen) is a group of Beta-lactam antibiotics used in the treatment of Bacterial Infections Fourth-born Rosemary was a quick learner, winning a talent contest at the age of six in Derry's St Columb's Hall, where she sang an Irish lullaby.
Music and dance became very important to her as she grew up. She was taught to play the piano and violin, sang in the school choir, and loved her ballet lessons so much she considered it as a career. The violin is a bowed String instrument with four strings usually tuned in Perfect fifths It is the smallest and highest-pitched member For the musical composition see Chorale. A choir, chorale, or chorus is a Musical ensemble of Singers Ballet is a formalized form of Dance with its origins in the French court further developed in France and Russia as a Concert dance Derry offered lots of opportunities for her to show off her talent; she took part in many festivals (feiseanna) and contests in the area, winning her fair share of cups. A Feis ( Irish Gaelic: fɛʃ roughly fesh) or Fèis ( Scots Gaelic:, roughly fyesh) is a traditional Gaelic arts and culture ----A trophy is a reward for a specific achievement and usually afterwards serves as proof of merit In the early sixties she and her sisters, Eileen and Susan, sang as a trio, performing songs from the hit parade in charity concerts organized by their father. In 1965, after her sisters had gone their separate ways, she turned up at a crowded Embassy Ballroom with her guitar, attempting to win a folk music competition. Year 1965 ( MCMLXV) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar of the 1965 Gregorian calendar. See also Acoustic Guitar (magazine An acoustic guitar is a Guitar that uses only acoustic methods to project the sound produced by its strings Stage fright caused her to perform with her eyes firmly closed, but it didn't stop her taking first prize, a demo tape provided by the sponsor, Tony Johnston. Stage fright or performance anxiety refers to an Anxiety, Fear or persistent Phobia related to Performance in front of A demo version or demo of a song (shortened from the word "demonstration" is one recorded for reference rather than for release This local headmaster and part-time promoter took her under his wing while she prepared for her GCE O-levels at Thornhill College. An entertainment promoter is a person or company in the business of marketing and promoting Concerts Festivals Raves Nightclubs or The General Certificate of Education or GCE is a secondary-level academic qualification that Examination boards in the United Kingdom confer to students
After the exams – she did well in seven subjects – her first prize demo tape, now full of original compositions, was sent off to Michael Geoghegan, the manager of Rex Records, a subsidiary of Decca Records, in Dublin, who promptly signed her up. Dublin (ˈdʌblɨn/ /ˈdʊblɨn or /ˈdʊbəlɪn/, bˠalʲə aːha klʲiəh or cliə(ɸ is both the largest city and capital of Ireland. Her debut single was written by Tony Johnston and called "Sixteen", her age at the time, with the B side, "Little Girl Blue", composed by the young soprano herself. A composer (literally meaning 'one who puts together' is a person who creates Music, usually in the medium of notation, for Interpretation and Performance This article is related to a series of articles under the main article Voice type. It came out on 17 November 1967, but failed to take off, though local TV and radio began to show an interest in her. Events 284 - Diocletian is proclaimed emperor by his soldiers Television ( TV) is a widely used Telecommunication medium for sending ( Broadcasting) and receiving moving Images, either monochromatic Music radio is a radio format in which Music is the main broadcast content
A new name was required for her new "career" – "cumbersome" "Rosemary Brown" was out, but her school nickname was in – "Dana". A nickname is a Name of an entity or thing that is not its Proper name. Her friends chose the name, Gaelic for "bold" or "mischievous", because of her habit of practising judo moves on them, moves her judo-loving eldest sister, Eileen, had practised on her. Irish (ga ''Gaeilge'' is a Goidelic language of the Indo-European language family originating in Ireland and historically spoken by the Irish. meaning "gentle way" is a modern Japanese martial art ( Gendai budō) and Combat sport, that originated in Japan in the late
Now in the sixth form, studying A-level music and English, she became popular on Dublin's cabaret and folk club circuits, travelling the 150 miles there at weekends. The sixth form, in the English, Welsh and Northern Irish education systems Commonwealth West Indian countries such as Barbados, Belize Cabaret is a form of entertainment featuring Comedy, Song, Dance, and Theatre, distinguished mainly by the performance venue &mdash a Restaurant A Folk club is a regular event permanent venue or section of a venue devoted to Folk music and Traditional music. On Easter Saturday 1968, dressed in an evening gown, she was driven slowly through cheering crowds in an open-topped white Rolls Royce, part of a motorcade heading for Clontarf Castle in Dublin where, after a few speeches and a fanfare, she found herself on stage, sitting on a throne and wearing a tiara – crowned Queen of Cabaret. Easter ( Greek: Πάσχα Pascha or Pasxa) is the most important religious feast in the Christian Liturgical year. Year 1968 ( MCMLXVIII) was a Leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. An evening gown is a long flowing lady's Dress usually worn to a formal affair A Rolls-Royce car may refer to vehicles produced by Rolls-Royce Limited (1906-1973 Rolls-Royce Motors (1973-2003 which was owned A motorcade is a procession of vehicles used to transport a Very important person, usually a political figure Clontarf Castle (Caisleán Chluain Tarbh is a much-modernised Castle, dating to 1837 in Clontarf, Dublin, Ireland, an area famous as a A fanfare is a short piece of Music played by Trumpets and other Brass instruments frequently accompanied by percussion, usually for This article is about royal thrones for the order of Angels by the same name see Thrones. A tiara (from Persian تاره tara adopted in Latin as 'tiara' is a form of crown.
Her record company secretary, Phil Mitton, suggested she audition for the Irish National Song Contest taking place in February 1969, the winner of which gets to participate in the prestigious Eurovision Song Contest. Year 1969 ( MCMLXIX) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. With mixed feelings she did and made it to the final where she sang "Look Around" by Michael Reade. Shown live on RTÉ – and feeling terrified – she came second. Relieved not to have won, she decided her future lay in passing her A-levels and training to become a music and English teacher.
Tom McGrath, head of Light Entertainment at RTÉ and producer of the Irish National Song Contest, called her over Christmas with an invitation to take part in the 1970 contest. Light entertainment is a term used to describe a broad range of usually televisual performances Busy studying for her exams, she thought one last fling wouldn't hurt so accepted his offer. However, this time she won with "All Kinds of Everything", a song the producer thought would suit her, hence the invite. Derry Lindsay and Jackie Smith were the winning composers of the ballad that became her next (fifth) single. A ballad is a Poem usually set to Music; thus it often is a story told in a Song. Phil Coulter, also from Derry and the man who co-wrote "Puppet on a String" and "Congratulations", did the musical arrangement for the recording produced by Ray Horricks and released by Rex Records on 14 March. Phil Coulter (born 19 February 1942 is a Northern Irish Songwriter, Pianist and Music producer, arranger and director " Puppet on a String " is the name of the Eurovision Song Contest -winning song in 1967 by British singer Sandie Shaw. " Congratulations " is a Song written by Bill Martin and Phil Coulter as the UK entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1968 It began with clarinets and soaring strings, with the words and melody brought to life by a singer who "loved the song". The clarinet is a Musical instrument in the Woodwind family The name derives from adding the suffix -et meaning little to the Italian word The two amateur songwriters, both twenty-eight and working as compositors for a Dublin newspaper, joined Dana in representing the Republic of Ireland in the 1970 Eurovision Song Contest, held that year in Amsterdam, on Saturday 21 March. Printing is a process for reproducing text and image typically with ink on Paper using a printing press Ireland ( Irish: Éire, ˈeːrʲə is a country in north-western Europe. The Eurovision Song Contest 1970 was the 15th Eurovision Song Contest, held on March 21, 1970 at the Rai Congrescentrum in Amsterdam Amsterdam (pronounced) is the capital and largest city of the Netherlands, located in the province of North Holland in the west Events 630 - Byzantine emperor Heraclius restores the True Cross to Jerusalem.
All was not well in the Dana camp during a week of rehearsals in the Netherlands. The Netherlands ( Dutch:, ˈnedərlɑnt is the European part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, which consists of the Netherlands the Netherlands Tony Johnston, acting as her manager for the occasion, began to annoy people by being over-protective towards her, keeping her away from journalists and the RTÉ crew. Derry Lindsay and Jackie Smith were also given a hard time. Even her mum and gran were denied access to rehearsals and receptions. Dana, unaware of all this, was not happy when she found out just before the big day.
She was the last of twelve to perform that night in front of two-hundred million viewers. "Do not screw this up", she told herself when her turn arrived. Wearing an embroidered white mini dress and white high-heels, and with her long dark hair held in place by a white plastic clasp, she chose to sing the song while perched on a stool. The miniskirt (often hyphenated as mini-skirt) is a Skirt with Her three minutes "were like three seconds". The UK's Mary Hopkin, hot favourite with "Knock Knock Who's There" and famous for "Those Were The Days", and Spain's Julio Iglesias, soon to become famous, were just two of her more fancied competitors. Mary Hopkin (born May 3 1950) is a Welsh folk Singer. She is best known as one of the first artists (along with James Taylor For other uses see Those Were the Days. " Those Were the Days " was released on 30 August 1968 Spain () or the Kingdom of Spain (Reino de España is a country located mostly in southwestern Europe on the Iberian Peninsula. Julio Iglesias (born September 23 1943 in Madrid) is a Spanish singer who has sold over 300 million albums in 14 languages and released 77 albums Dana beat them all and registered Ireland's first success in the contest. Ireland first participated in the Eurovision Song Contest (Comórtas Amhrán Eorafíse at the 1965 Contest in Naples, participating in every subsequent Despite having just won the biggest song-contest in the world – and now the focus of media attention – she still believed a future in teaching was waiting for her back home.
Scenes reminiscent of Beatlemania greeted her triumphant return to Dublin Airport the following Monday. Beatlemania is a term that was used during the 1960s to describe the intense fan frenzy (particularly demonstrated by young teen girls directed toward The Beatles, particularly From there she flew to Ballykerry Airport, where crowds lined the streets as she made her way in a black limousine to the Guildhall in Derry, fifteen miles away. A civic reception was waiting for her – as well as a mass of people; she had to be carried to and from the building to avoid being crushed. It was after midnight before she arrived home, exhausted and hungry. She described the journey to her Bogside flat as like "breaking into Colditz", with flowers, fruit and fans everywhere. The Bogside is a neighbourhood outside the city walls of Derry, Northern Ireland. Colditz Castle is a Castle in the town of Colditz near Leipzig, Dresden, and Chemnitz in the state of Saxony Dana's victory was something to celebrate for the people of Derry – the Troubles had not long started and the Battle of the Bogside had not long finished, a two-day battle she witnessed from her fifth-floor flat in Rossville Street, the street where Bloody Sunday took place on 30 January 1972. The Battle of the Bogside was a very large communal Riot between the mostly unarmed residents of the Bogside area of Derry city in Northern Ireland allied Bloody Sunday (Domhnach na Fola is the term used to describe an incident in Derry, Northern Ireland, on 30 January 1972 in which 26 Events 1648 - Eighty Years' War: The Treaty of Münster is signed ending the conflict between the Netherlands and Spain Year 1972 ( MCMLXXII) was a Leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Thirteen people were killed that day, all of them, or their families, known to Dana and her family.
This now eighteen-year-old schoolgirl took the winning song to the top of the Irish charts for nine weeks and the UK charts for two weeks. The Irish Singles Chart is the Republic of Ireland music industry standard singles popularity chart issued weekly by the Irish Recorded Music Association The UK Singles Chart is compiled by The Official UK Charts Company (OCC on behalf of the British record industry Similar positions were achieved in places as faraway as Australia, South Africa and Singapore. For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic Australia topics. The Republic of South Africa (also known by other official names) is a country located at the southern tip of the continent of Africa Singapore It soon became a million-seller. And it soon became necessary to make an LP. Twelve songs were chosen for a two-day recording session with an orchestra at Decca's West Hamstead studios, beginning 25 April. Named after "that song" and showing her in "that dress", her debut album was in the shops by June. Seven tracks were penned by Johnston, of which she co-wrote four, including "Can That Girl Be Me", a suitable title given her present situation. That song was one of five from the album that made it onto a Dana compilation CD of the same name, issued in 1990. Year 1990 ( MCMXC) was a Common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar)
Her follow-up 45 failed to follow in its forerunner's footsteps; in fact "I Will Follow You" flopped. Not wishing to be a one-hit wonder, she put everything into her next single, "Who Put the Lights Out". Written by former pop star Paul Ryan and released in January 1971, this sad song cheered her up by spending eleven weeks in the UK chart – Ireland and Europe also made it a success – and showed her on Top of the Pops adorned in a long dress, mini dresses were now history for Dana. Paul Ryan (24 October 1948 &mdash 29 November 1992 was an English Singer, Songwriter and Record producer. Year 1971 ( MCMLXXI) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar of the 1971 Gregorian calendar. Top of the Pops, also known as TOTP, was a long-running British music chart Television programme, made and broadcast Her Eurovision mini dress, designed in Dublin by Maura O'Driscoll and embroidered by Derry-born Lily McElhinney, is now on display in Derry's award-winning Tower Museum.
Rex Records made six attempts at a third UK hit before her agent, Dick Katz, called time. Katz, a jazz pianist who played on the Goon Shows, represented stars like Jimi Hendrix, Dusty Springfield and Lulu. The Goon Show was a British Radio comedy programme originally produced and broadcast by the BBC Home Service from 1951 to 1960 James Marshall Hendrix (born Johnny Allen Hendrix) (November 27 1942 – September 18 1970 was an American Guitarist, Singer and Songwriter Mary Isabel Catherine Bernadette O'Brien OBE ( 16 April, 1939 &ndash 2 March, 1999) professionally known as Dusty Springfield Lulu Kennedy-Cairns, OBE, (born Marie McDonald McLaughlin Lawrie on 3 November 1948 in Lennoxtown, East Dunbartonshire He recommended she join Donna Summer, Heatwave and Billy Ocean on Dick Leahy's new GTO label in 1974. Donna Summer (born LaDonna Adrian Gaines December 31, 1948) is an American Singer-songwriter and Musician who gained Heatwave was an international Rhythm and blues / Funk band featuring Americans Johnnie Wilder Jr Billy Ocean (born Leslie Sebastian Charles, 21 January 1950 Fyzabad, Trinidad) is a Grammy Award -winning British -based Her first release for them, "Please Tell Him That I Said Hello" (Shepstone/Dibbens), sent her back into the charts after a three year absence. As did the perennial "It's Gonna Be a Cold Cold Christmas" (Greenaway/Stephens), her cover of Eric Carmen's "Never Gonna Fall in Love Again", "Fairytale", a disco favourite by Paul Greedus, and the amusing dance track, "Something's Cookin' in the Kitchen" (D. Roger Greenaway (born Roger John Greenaway 23 August 1938, Fishponds, Bristol) is a popular English Songwriter, best Geoff Stephens (born 1 October 1934, New Southgate, North London) was one of the top British Songwriters of the 1960s Eric Howard Carmen (born August 11 1949 in Cleveland, Ohio, U Disco is a Genre of dance-oriented music whose origins are hard to define Jordan). Katz remained her agent/manager/friend until his early death in 1979. Year 1979 ( MCMLXXIX) was a Common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1979 Gregorian calendar)
Dana was now in demand everywhere. She played the part of a tinker girl in The Flight Of The Doves (1971), a children's adventure film starring Ron Moody and Jack Wild, and director Ralph Nelson's follow-up to his notorious Soldier Blue movie. Ronald Moodnick, known as Ron Moody (born 8 January 1924) is a British Actor. Jack Wild ( 30 September 1952 &ndash 2 March 2006) was an English Actor who achieved fame for his roles in both stage Soldier Blue is an American Revisionist Western movie made in 1970 and directed by Ralph Nelson, telling a fictionalized account of the events When she returned to her hotel after filming, still dressed in "character", they threatened to call the police if she didn't go away. Summer seasons – family entertainment for the holiday crowd – soon became part of her yearly routine, her first season was spent in Scarborough with Frank Ifield topping the bill. Scarborough is a town on the North Sea coast of North Yorkshire, England. Frank Ifield (born Francis Edward Ifield 30 November 1937, Coundon Coventry, Warwickshire, England) is an Australian Pantomimes were also on the agenda and these became a particular favourite of hers after she starred in Cinderella in 1970. Pantomime (informally panto) (not to be confused with a Mime artist, referring to a theatrical performer of mime is a performance genre traditionally found Cinderella ( French: Cendrillon, Slovak: Popoluška, German: Aschenputtel, Spanish: Cenicienta A rock festival in Holland saw her bravely win over a surprised crowd of headbangers, though nobody was more surprised than she was as it was a booking error. Holland is a region in the western part of the Netherlands. A maritime and economic power in the 17th century Holland today consists of the Dutch provinces of Headbanging is a type of dance which involves violently shaking the head in time with music most commonly Rock music and Heavy metal music. She undertook many concert tours in many countries, and performed in famous venues like the Royal Albert Hall and the Royal Festival Hall. The Royal Albert Hall is an Arts venue situated in the Knightsbridge area of the City of Westminster, London, England, best known Royal Festival Hall is a concert dance and talks venue within Southbank Centre in London, England. She played a week of sell-out shows with Tom Jones at the London Palladium. Sir Thomas John Woodward, (born 7 June 1940 known by his stage name Tom Jones, is a Welsh pop music singer particularly noted for his powerful voice The London Palladium is a 2286 seat West End theatre located off Oxford Street in the City of Westminster. Cabaret clubs were popular in the '70s and she appeared at the best: the Batley Variety Club and London's Talk of the Town; she was voted Top Female Vocalist in the National Club Acts Awards in 1979. She made numerous TV appearances while promoting her records and was often seen on Top of the Pops and shows like The Two Ronnies. The Two Ronnies was a British Sketch show that aired on BBC 1 from 1971 to 1987 BBC Television gave her two shows of her own: a series of A Day With Dana in 1974, and four series of Wake Up Sunday in 1979.
Her busiest and most successful year came in 1975 when she had two top ten hits, helping her win two big awards – "Best Female Singer in Britain" from the NME and "Best Female Singer on Television" from the TV Times. Year 1975 ( MCMLXXV) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom, the UK or Britain,is a Sovereign state located The New Musical Express (better known as the NME) is a Popular music Magazine in the United Kingdom which has been The success continued into 1976 with her panto in Oxford becoming "the biggest money spinner of its kind in England". Year 1976 ( MCMLXXVI) was a Leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Oxford is currently bidding for the 2010 Wikimania Conference Oxford () is a city, and the County town of Oxfordshire, Her luck changed dramatically in September. Her father, who was also her personal manager, survived a major heart attack. A fortnight later, she too was being operated on: while promoting her new single, "Fairytale", she lost her voice. Emergency surgery removed a growth (non-malignant) from a vocal cord. Newspaper headlines like "DANA MAY NEVER SING AGAIN" appeared. She started to believe them during her long and difficult – but eventually successful – convalescence. In spite of these setbacks, "Fairytale" lived up to its name and became UK hit number six for her, and also scored in several other countries, especially in Latin America – in México it was No 1 for eight consecutive weeks and won a gold record. Mexico State or State of Mexico (often abbreviated to " Edomex " from Estado de México in Spanish) is a state in the
On 5 October 1978 she married Damien Scallon, a hotelier and businessman from Newry. Events 869 - The Fourth Council of Constantinople is convened to decide about what to do about Patriarch Photius of Constantinople Year 1978 ( MCMLXXVIII) was a Common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar) Newry ( short form An tIúr, "The Yew" is the fourth largest city in Northern Ireland and eighth on the island of Ireland. Their wedding took place in the same cathedral her parents were married in, St Eugene's in Derry. Four hundred guests packed the pews and thousands of fans witnessed the occasion, with factories and schools given a half-day holiday. They spent their honeymoon in Grenada. A honeymoon is the traditional holiday taken by newlyweds to celebrate their marriage in intimacy and seclusion Grenada (grɪˈneɪdə is an Island nation that includes the southern Grenadines in the southeastern Caribbean Sea. The couple first met, albeit briefly, in 1970, when Dana had a street named after her in Hilltown (Dana Place) and a reception was held in Damien's Ardmore Hotel in Newry. Hilltown ( Irish: Baile Hill) is a small Village in County Down, Northern Ireland. Within a year of their wedding, and after five previous attempts, Damien's hotel was completely destroyed by a bomb.
Dana returned after her career-threatening operation with a "new" voice, new look and new album, aptly named "The Girl is Back", in 1979. This Barry Blue production gave her a contemporary sound and a hit single, the four-minute calorie burning "Something's Cookin' in the Kitchen". Barry Blue (born Barry Ian Green 4 December 1950, London) is a rock Singer / producer / Songwriter from the And, as if to show her voice was at least as good as before, she sang the middle eight of one track, "Without Your Love (I Can't Live)", in a perfect falsetto. The thirty-two-bar form, often shortened to AABA, is a Musical form common in Tin Pan Alley songs later popular music including rock and
Dana's parents had a strong sense of religious duty; she and her siblings were taught the importance of daily prayer and of going to Mass on Sundays. The Mass is the Eucharistic celebration in the Latin liturgical rites of the Roman Catholic Church. Despite a few doubts along the way, she never lost her faith. After becoming famous, she was often invited to take part in religious shows, like Sing a New Song for the BBC in 1971. That led to an appearance before 20,000 people in Hyde Park for the Christian Festival of Light, the climax of a rally against "sexploitation". Hyde Park is one of the largest Parks in central London, England and one of the Royal Parks of London, famous for its Speakers' Corner A Christian is a person who adheres to Christianity, a monotheistic Religion centered on the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth The Nationwide Festival of Light was a Grassroots movement formed by British Christians concerned about the development of the Permissive society Sexploitation or "sex-exploitation" describe a class of independently produced Low budget feature films generally associated with the 1960s and serving largely as Epilogues for Southern TV followed, and then a Christian documentary, Who is Rosemary Brown, was made in 1974. This article is about the literary epilogue See Epilogue (disambiguation for other uses of "Epilogue" or "Epilog" BBC Radio asked her to present a thirteen-week Christian show called I Believe in Music, broadcast in 1977. BBC Radio is a service of the British Broadcasting Corporation which has operated in the United Kingdom under the terms of a Royal Charter since 1927 Also 1977 (album by Ash. Year 1977 ( MCMLXXVII) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays It was previously hosted by her idol, Cliff Richard. Sir Cliff Richard, OBE, (born Harry Roger Webb on 14 October 1940 is an English Singer, Actor and Businessman. Then came the Wake Up Sunday series. These popular Sunday morning shows had her calling on different primary schools in the country and teaching the children about life, using song, dance and drama, with examples taken from the bible. Etymology According to the Online Etymology Dictionary, the word bible is from Latin biblia, traced from the same word through Medieval Latin and Late Latin
She and Damien wrote their first Christian song, "Praise the Lord", while on honeymoon in 1978. In 1979, soon after Pope John Paul II had visited Drogheda in Ireland, Damien suggested they write a song based on his motto. Pope Drogheda (ˈdrɒhədə ˈdrɔːdə ( Droichead Átha in Irish, meaning "Bridge of the Ford" is an industrial and port town in County Louth on Ironically, Dana missed seeing the Pope in person due to her commitments to Wake Up Sunday. History See also History of the Papacy Catholics recognize the Pope as a successor to Saint Peter, who Jesus named as the "shepherd" and The song they came up with was the commercial "Totus Tuus" (Totally Yours). It entered the Irish singles chart on 16 December 1979 and stayed there for nine weeks, reaching number one. The much larger American Christian market soon began to interest them, as did making an album. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the So, with cassette in hand, a visit was made to the National Religious Broadcasters' conference in Washington, opened by US President Jimmy Carter. Washington ( is a state in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. James Earl "Jimmy" Carter Jr (born October 1 1924 was the thirty-ninth President of the United States, serving from 1977 to 1981 and the recipient of the 2002 The result was a contract with Word Records. Word Records is a Christian Record label based in Nashville Tennessee.
Meanwhile, Warwick Records issued "Everything is Beautiful" in late 1980. Warwick Records is a British record label from the beginning of the Eighties spezialized in producing and compiling songs for compilations that have been given away as "goodies" Year 1980 ( MCMLXXX) was a Leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar) Subtitled "Twenty Inspirational Songs", the album contained pop classics like "Let it Be", "Morning Has Broken" and "My Sweet Lord". " Morning Has Broken " is a favorite and well-known Christian Hymn, especially popular in children's services " My Sweet Lord " is a song by former Beatles lead guitarist George Harrison from his UK number one hit triple album All Things Must Pass It was followed by "Totally Yours" in 1981, her first Christian album for Word. Year 1981 ( MCMLXXXI) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Included on the album was "Little Baby", a song written by Dana and Damien for their first child, Grace, born 18 January 1981. Events 350 - Generallus Magnentius deposes Roman Emperor Constans and proclaims himself Emperor Her summer season in Torquay,with impressionist Peter Goodwright, gave the Scallon family a five month "break" by the sea. Torquay (tɔrˈkiː is a town in the Unitary authority of Torbay and ceremonial county of Devon, England.
She was soon back in the studios again to make "Magic" in 1982, a pop album for Lite Records. Year 1982 ( MCMLXXXII) was a Common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar) It included four songs by her younger brothers, John and Gerald. Then came another summer season, this time it was in Blackpool with Little and Large. Blackpool (/ˈblækˌpul is a seaside town in Lancashire, England. Little and Large were a British comedy Double act comprising straight man Syd Little (Born Cyril Mead in 1942 and comic Next came the recording of her second album for Word, "Let There Be Love", containing a variety of tracks from up-tempo to an old Irish hymn sung in Gaelic. The pantomime season followed and Dana was off to Hull where she starred in a production of Snow White. Kingston upon Hull ( almost invariably referred Snow White (in Low German Sneewittchen; in High German Schneeweißchen) is the title character of a Fairy tale known from many countries in
Falling pregnant again, Dana gave birth to her second daughter, Susanna Ruth, on 18 August 1983. Events 293 BC - The oldest known Roman temple to Venus is founded starting the institution of Vinalia Rustica. Year 1983 ( MCMLXXXIII) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar) Christmas time arrived to find the mother-of-two playing the part of Snow White once more. So popular had been the production in Hull that it had now transferred to the West End. The West End of London is an area of Central London, England, containing many of the city's major tourist attractions businesses headquarters and the commercial There it played to packed houses and the original seven-week run was extended to twelve. One young boy caused the poisoned Snow White to "corpse" after shouting out for everyone to hear, "You stupid thing, I told you not to eat it!". Corpsing is a British theatrical Slang term used to describe when an actor breaks character during a scene by laughing or by causing another Cast member
A tour of America took place in 1984 to promote the Word LPs. Year 1984 ( MCMLXXXIV) was a Leap year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1984 Gregorian calendar) She spread the word in concert halls, churches and colleges, as well as TV and radio. The tour was a success but it nearly didn't happen; her outgoing flight began to shed debris as it passed over Reading, necessitating a return to Heathrow for an emergency landing. Reading (ˈrɛdɪŋ as Redding) is a town in England, located at the confluence of the River Thames and River Kennet, midway between Billy Graham's Mission England gave Dana a platform; she had previously performed at his Boston crusades. William Franklin Graham Jr KBE (born November 7 1918 better known as Billy Graham, is an evangelist and an Evangelical Christian Great Yarmouth was the venue for her summer season with Tom O'Connor, and Westminster Hospital was the venue for the birth of her son, John-James, delivered to the sound of fireworks on 5 November 1984. Great Yarmouth, often known to locals as Yarmouth, is a Coastal Town in Norfolk, England. Tom O'Connor (born October 31, 1939, Bootle, Merseyside) is a British Actor and Comedian. Westminster Hospital was founded in 1719, following a meeting in a coffee house where four men met to discuss a "charitable proposal for relieving the sick and A firework is classified as a low explosive pyrotechnic device used primarily for aesthetic and entertainment purposes Events 1499 - Publication of the Catholicon in Treguier ( Brittany) Then another run of Snow White panto's, this time in Wolverhampton, brought a familiar end to another busy year.
After fifteen years in show business, Hodder and Stoughton published her first book, Dana – An Autobiography, in 1985. Hodder & Stoughton is a British publishing house now an Imprint of Hodder Headline. Year 1985 ( MCMLXXXV) was a Common year starting on Tuesday (link displays 1985 Gregorian calendar) Often funny, it told of her close-knit family life, her infant years in London and schooldays in Derry, ballet lessons, music lessons, talent contests, song contests, the start of the Troubles, the road to Eurovision, life as a pop star, panto's, romance, marriage and motherhood – and why she boiled eggs for five hours to make a salad. It also told of her growing devotion to God that led her to become a Catholic music singer.
Dana finally got to see the Pope in 1987 at the Superdome in New Orleans. History See also History of the Papacy Catholics recognize the Pope as a successor to Saint Peter, who Jesus named as the "shepherd" and Year 1987 ( MCMLXXXVII) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar) New Orleans (nʲuːˈɔrliənz nʲuːˈɔrlənz French: La Nouvelle-Orléans) is a major United States port city and the largest city in Louisiana She was invited to perform "Totus Tuus" before a gathering of 80,000 or more.
The 80's ended as they had begun – with Dana pregnant. She gave birth to Robert on 25 August 1989 in Newry. The Scallon family was now complete.
In 1991 they moved to Birmingham, Alabama in the United States, where Damien was now working as the manager for retreats at the traditional Catholic broadcasting network, EWTN. Birmingham (ˈbɝmɪŋhæm is the largest City in the US state of Alabama and is the County seat of Jefferson County. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the The Eternal Word Television Network ("EWTN" is a US -based broadcasting network that carries Catholic -themed programming Dana hosted shows for them on TV and radio, called Say Yes and We Are One Body. She became a popular Catholic music singer and released many albums with HeartBeat Records, America's leading Catholic music label.
Dana appeared at conferences and public gatherings across the States. One such occasion was in Cherry Creek State Park, Denver, Colorado, in 1993: To help celebrate the eighth World Youth Day, she was invited to sing her song "We Are One Body", the theme song for the event, live to the Pope. Year 1993 ( MCMXCIII) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar) World Youth Day is a youth-oriented Roman Catholic Church event She also sang at the World Youth Day celebrations held in Paris (1997) and in Toronto (2002). Paris (ˈpærɨs in English; in French) is the Capital of France and the country's largest city Year 1997 ( MCMXCVII) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1997 Gregorian calendar See also 2002 (disambiguation Year 2002 ( MMII) was a Common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar.
In 1997, before returning home to Ireland, she received US citizenship, making her a dual Irish and US citizen.
After returning home to Ireland, Dana Rosemary Scallon became a candidate for the office of President of Ireland. The President of Ireland (Uachtarán na hÉireann n̪ˠə ˈheːɾʲən̪ˠ is the Head of state of Ireland. She stood as an independent. In Politics, an independent is a Politician who is not Affiliated with any Political party. She came third, ahead of the Labour Party candidate, but losing out to Mary McAleese. The Labour Party (Páirtí an Lucht Oibre is a Democratic socialist and Social democratic Political party in the Republic of Ireland. WikipediaManual of Style (biographies#Academic titles --> Mary Patricia McAleese (Máire Pádraigín
In 1999, again as an independent, she won a seat in the European Parliament, representing the Connacht–Ulster European elections constituency. The European Parliament ( Europarl or EP) is the only directly elected parliamentary institution of the European Union (EU Connacht-Ulster was a European Parliament constituency in Ireland between 1979 and 2004 She campaigned on family values and her opposition to abortion. Family values is a political and social concept used in various cultures to describe values that are believed to be traditional in that culture and in support of the idea An She refused to associate with any political party. However Fianna Fáil made several approaches to her to join. Fianna Fáil – The Republican Party (Fianna Fáil – An Páirtí Poblachtánach shortened to Fianna Fáil ( is currently the largest Political party in the
Scallon in 2001 opposed a proposed amendment to the Irish constitution that would legalise the 'morning after pill' and IUD. Year 2001 ( MMI) was a Common year starting on Monday according to the Gregorian calendar. An intrauterine device ( intra meaning within, and uterine meaning of the Uterus) is a Birth control device placed The amendment was defeated in a referendum in 2002, although it was supported by the mainstream political parties. See also 2002 (disambiguation Year 2002 ( MMII) was a Common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. Scallon also had public disagreements at the time with the Catholic hierarchy (notably with Cardinal Desmond Connell), the latter wishing instead to negotiate a consensus solution. Desmond Connell (born 24 March 1926) is a cardinal in the Roman Catholic Church. 
In 2002, she contested a seat in Galway West in the Irish general election, again as an independent. See also 2002 (disambiguation Year 2002 ( MMII) was a Common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. Galway West is a Constituency represented in Dáil Éireann, the lower house of the Irish parliament or Oireachtas. She lost, scoring a mere 3. 5% of the constituency vote (the low score might be seen as a backlash against her stance in the previous abortion referendum, or the perception that she was a "blow-in" to the constituency).
In June 2004, Scallon lost her European Parliament seat, taking 13. 5% of the vote. Later that year she failed to secure a nomination to the office of President of Ireland against the uncontested incumbent. (All her election results are listed at Elections Ireland. )
In February 2005, Dana returned to the world of entertainment when she spent time on the RTÉ television series "The Afternoon Show" (she took part in a weight loss challenge preceding her daughter's summer wedding). Year 2005 ( MMV) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. In 2006, she and dancer Ronan McCormack were paired together in the RTÉ celebrity dance series Celebrity Jigs 'n' Reels. Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. Celebrity Jigs n' Reels is an Irish reality entertainment Television show broadcast on RTÉ One. They made it to the final show and came second.
Also in 2006, Dana and Damien launched their own music label, DS Music Productions. One of the first albums released was "Totus Tuus", a compilation of songs dedicated to the memory of Pope John Paul II and issued on the anniversary of his death. A children's album was released in 2007, entitled "Good Morning Jesus: Prayers & Songs for Children of All Ages". Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. It featured in a special series on EWTN.
In July 2007, she was a guest judge for the final of Belfast CityBeat radio contest Young Star Search. Belfast CityBeat (commonly referred to as just "Citybeat" is a Northern Irish Radio station. The Young Star Search is a kids talent radio competition based in Northern Ireland.
Scallon has spoken at many colleges and universities in Ireland and America, where she talks about Ireland, her views around the European Union, as well as the relationship between Europe and the United States. She received an Honorary Doctorate at one appearance in Stonehill College in Massachusetts. An honorary degree or a degree honoris causa ( Latin: 'for the sake of the honour' is an Academic degree for which a university (or other degree-awarding Stonehill College is a private Roman Catholic College located in North Easton, Massachusetts, United States founded in 1948 The Commonwealth of Massachusetts ( is a state located in the New England region of the northeastern United States.
In November 2007, Dana took out a new album, with highlights including a newly composed song pleading for peace in Ireland, a version of the Johnny Cash hit ‘A Thing Called Love’ and a rendering of the Carpenters’ number ‘A Kind Of Hush. ’
At the end of 2007, Scallon is due to publish a new autobiography .
Dana was a judge on Eurosong 2008 which decided which entry to send to Eurovision Song Contest 2008 and became headline news when she loudly complained about the winning entry Dustin the Turkey and commented that Ireland should withdraw from the contest, instead of sending Dustin. Panel There were three music related stars on the panel who gave their opinions of each act after they performed Dustin the Turkey, sometimes claiming the name Dustin Hoffman, is a popular Irish Television Puppet and star of She was proved right as Ireland failed to qualify from the semi-final and the Irish entry became a joke around Europe.
Four-way tie: Lulu, Salomé, Frida Boccara, Lenny Kuhr
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