Here is a great song performed by the one and unique Dorothy Squires.
Dorothy Squires (1915 - 1998) was a Welsh vocalist. She was born Edna May Squires in Pontyberem, Carmarthenshire, in South Wales. She began to perform professionally as a singer at the age of 16. She did most of her work with the orchestra of Billy Reid who was her partner for many years. After she joined his orchestra, he began to write songs for her to perform. In the immediate post-war years she recorded the original version of Reid's composition, "A Tree in the Meadow", best known in the United States in its recording by Margaret Whiting, which reached n° 1 on the US charts. Similarly, her version of Reid's composition, "I'm Walking Behind You", was covered by Eddie Fisher which became a n° 1 hit in the US and her recording of "The Gypsy" became a n° 1 hit there after being waxed by The Ink Spots - their biggest hit. (It was also a major hit for Dinah Shore.)
After her relationship with Reid ended she married British actor Roger Moore in 1953 in New Jersey. Moore was twelve years her junior. The marriage lasted until 1961, when Moore left her and moved in with Luisa Mattioli, whom he was unable to marry legally until Squires granted him a divorce in 1969. She performed until the 1990's. Squires retired to Wales and died of lung cancer in 1998.
Considered as one of Great Britain's greatest singers, a charismatic and electrifying stage performer, her powerful voice, looks and style are very close to Vikki Carr and Shirley Bassey's, but she was their senior by far, so one cannot say that she was influenced by them. On contrary, it has been said that she was one of Bassey's main influences, along with Judy Garland.
Enjoy the power and emotion of Dorothy Squires' voice!
For once in my life
And here are other fantastic performances by the great Dorothy!
The impossible dream