Hazel O'Connor (Coventry, 16 may 1955) is a British-Irish singer and actress. She is best known for her role as Kate in the film 'Breaking Glass'. This film also has a soundtrack, on which all songs written and sung by O'Connor.
- 2 discography
- 3 Radio 2 Top 2000
- 4 see also
O'Connor grew up in a poor family, the daughter of an Irish skipper who had come to England to work in a car factory. At sixteen she kept the home no longer out and she ran away from home. She traveled around the world with money they earned by some chores to do. Her journey began in Amsterdam, where they of old rags clothing made and sold. Then they picked grapes in France and later on to a Japanese dance group, whereby they visited Tokyo. She did various chores for this group giving them a trip to Africa could pay and pulled through the Sahara. When O'Connor was tired of wandering she went back to Coventry, where they visited the art school.
The breakthrough came for O'Connor when she accidentally was asked to play the role of Kate in the film 'Breaking Glass'. They seemed to have the perfect appearance.The film was released in 1980 and is about a young girl who wants to be a rock star, but thereby comes into contact with the wrong people. O'Connor won with her rendition a BAFTAaward for ' best newcomer '. The film was a blockbuster in Britain and trokt large numbers of visitors. Also the soundtrack of the film, made entirely by O'Connor himself, earned her some big hits on. the numbers ' Will You? "and" Eighth Day ' came in the Top-5. The album ' Breaking Glass ' was eventually double platinum.
The film and soundtrack were so successful that O'Connor had money and now artistic freedom to independently record an album. Also this album came out in 1980 and was called ' Sons and Lovers '. This album was also a gold mine for her and delivered as many as four Top 40 hits, including "d Days ' and ' Smile '. Her concerts were well attended and O'Connor was praised for her strong stage presence.
From 1981 to reverse the tide began for her. She released a number of albums, but who could not match the success of the first two albums.
Record company EMI O'Connor decided to drop and there followed years of legal battle over breach of contract and unpaid royalties. This legal battle took a great deal of her time and she became disappointed in the music industry. She decided the music to say goodbye and to focus on an acting career. She stood in different theatres on the shelves, mostly in London and Dublin.
To her great displeasure brachtt EMI compilations and live recordings of her still on the market, where eventually a legal battle followed.
In 1998 O'Connor considered himself strong enough to resume her music and she came with her first full-fledged studio album since 1984, "5 In The Morning". This album yielded an unexpected hit: the song ' Na Na na ' was picked up by British radio stations and in that year championed.
In 2005, her last recent album released, ' Hidden Heart '. It is also a number of duets, including the Irish folk singer Moya Brennan. In 2008 came from her album from 1984, ' Smile ', a re-issue from.
O'Connor has said goodbye today Britain and Ireland lives partly in and partly in France.
|Album (s) with any charts in the
the Dutch Album Top 100
|Sons and lovers||1980||-|
|Greatest hits||1984||-||Compilation album|
|Alive and kicking in L.A.||1990||-|
|To be freed||1993||-|
|Over the moon...Live||1993||-||Live Album|
|See the writing on the wall||1993||-|
|Live in Berlin||1997||-||Live Album|
|5 In the morning||1998||-|
|Beyond breaking glass||2000||-|
|L.A. confidential-Live||2000||-||Live Album|
|A singular collection-The best of Hazel O'Connor||2003||-||Compilation album|
|Fighting back-Live in Brighton||2005||-||Live Album|
|The Bluja project||2010||-|
|Breaking glass now||2010||-|
|I give you my sunshine||2011||-|
|Single (s) with any charts in the
the Dutch Top 40
|Number (s) with markings
in the Radio 2 Top 2000
|' 99||' 00||' 01||' 02||' 03||' 04||' 05||' 06||' 07||' 08||' 09||' 10||' 11||' 12||' 13|