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5.0 out of 5 stars The Dean of the dancefloor is back!, 5 Aug. 2010
This review is from: Greatest Hits (Audio CD)
Hazell Dean is THE most successful recording artist of the last century, with no less than 5 top 40 hits in a career that spans nearly 70 years, this cd is welcome reminder of the beauty of Hazell Dean's voice and is re-released to coincide with her 80th birthday.

Cited as major influence on The Beatles and Bob Dylan; Hazell's recordings reflect her gift for song writing. The Hits speak for themselves: "Searchin" (a song written about Terry Waite), "Who's Leaving Who" (written after the collapse of her civil partnership to Patricia Routledge)and "Whatever I Do, Wherever I Go" (which is still the best selling single ever on the Romania Gypsy Underground Drum & Bass charts), are all here along with lesser known numbers including the thrash metal cover of the theme tune to TV series 'Bread' and a unique intrepretation of Joe Dolce's 'Shaddap Your Face'.

Back in the mid 70's, Hazell was playing the bongo's in an Aswad tribute band which she balanced with her career as a voice artist on hit TV show 'The Clangers' when she was disovered by music impresario, Thora Hird. Hazell (who smoked over 60 Benson & Hedges a day) was whisked away from her council flat in Moss Side and within months she was putting the finishing touches to her debut album which stormed charts all around the world, reaching 87 in the UK and 92 on Woolworth's Hot 100. At the Ivor Novello awards Hazell was presented with a gold disc for sales totalling 100 units by US legend Curtis Steigers and received a standing ovation from her contemporaries including Falco, Cheryl Baker and Dollar.

Hit after hit followed throughout the 80's and Hazell was no stranger to the bottom half of the top 75 and bargain bins alike. She began to branch out into other media forms; starring as one of the Ewok's in Return of the Jedi and narrowly being beaten to the part of Peggy Ollernshaw, by Su Pollard in intense BBC holiday drama, 'Hi De Hi'.

In 2010 as Hazell near's her 80 birthday the future looks bright; she is on the 3rd reserve list for 'I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here (with Grotbags, Gaz 'Top' Jones and Maureen Rees from TV's Driving School) and is set to release a tribute album to Jive Bunny & The Mastermixers. Congratulations Hazell - here's to another 80 years!
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Initial post: 8 Aug 2010, 18:22:54 BST
Just loved this review-I haven't laughed out loud for a long time really should get out more!!!

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Aug 2010, 11:00:02 BST
Mr Hardy says:
Pleased you enjoyed it..... I have posted more - The Very Best of Chesney Hawkes - it was just asking for it!

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Aug 2010, 19:44:36 BST
Heading for Chesney now!

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Apr 2014, 13:01:26 BST
JB says:
I think your review was excellent - I too intend to read more of your reviews. Keep up the good work - the idea of Patricia Routledge playing Hazell in a tribute to her long and Varied (?) career has just come to me and will keep me chuckling all day! You are fab!

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jun 2014, 17:09:48 BST
Mr Hardy says:
Many thanks JB...... I do try. :) Haven't done any for sometime - maybe it's time to make a return!

Posted on 17 May 2015, 21:13:30 BST
the best review ever.in the world ever again . ive read david bowie based his entire hair cuts on this review and julian cope reads passages from this to warn small children about getting to heavy into meanless pop dross bravo sir bravo indeed

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Jul 2015, 22:14:34 BST
Mr Hardy says:
Ha ha, thank you Paul. I've got my eyes on a few other 'best of's' that are just asking for it (Limahl, Robson & Jerome, Billie)... Time to dust down the keyboard & get reviewing! Cheers!

Posted on 23 Jul 2016, 18:55:52 BST
Well Mr Hardy, after reading your 1st paragraph you had me shooting over to the Internet Movie Data Base ( IMDB ) as i was desperate to reassure myself that Hazell wasn't 80....she was in fact born in 1955....only after continuing to read on and getting more than confused did i realise someone was taking the p*** lol, very good, brought a smile to an old farts face, keep it up.
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