Although Kiki Dee (born Pauline Matthews) had several UK hits, she will primarily be remembered for her two duets with Elton John - Don't go breaking my heart (a number one UK hit in 1976) and True love (a number two UK hit in 1992). The story I once heard (but cannot confirm) is that Anne Murray was working on an album of fifties covers (eventually titled Croonin') and asked Elton John if he would join Anne for a duet of True love, but that he said he didn't have time, but a year later, he recorded the same song as a duet with Kiki Dee.
Apart from the two duets, Kiki never made the UK top ten, though she came close with Amoureuse (her best-known solo track), Star and Loving and free. Kiki had another UK top twenty hit with I got the music in me, plus minor UK hits with You don't know how glad I am, First thing in the morning, Chicago and Perfect timing.
Kiki had spent ten years as a recording artist without success as a recording artist, establishing a reputation for great covers of R+B songs that resulted in her becoming the first white British artist to be signed to Motown, but the partnership was unsuccessful. However, she continued to cover R+B material after she left Motown, as this compilation shows via such songs as Ain't nothing like the real thing and Stay with me.
Kiki Dee is one of those artists that is more respected by the critics than the public, who (for whatever reason) never bought her music in sufficient quantities to make her a big star.
on 7 September 2013
I originally bought this for a certain song that came to my mind, and after going through the reviews I can say the CD is well worth it, it is brilliant to listen again and have all those beautiful memories flooding back.
This is another high recommendation for all to buy and listen to.