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Helen Shapiro (Bethnal GreenLondon28 september 1946) is a British singer. They broke in 1961 at the age of 14 with the song Don't treat me like a child and had the same year her biggest hit with the song Walkin' back to happiness.

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Helen Shapiro grew up in Hackney in London. Her paternal grandparents were Jewish immigrants from Russia. She grew up in a poor family, where no money was for a turntable. However, music was stimulated in the family. Shapiro learned to play banjo and sang they sometimes along with her brother Ron in a jazz group. As a young girl she already had a low voice, making her the nickname Foghorn (foghorn) converted for them. In the late 1950s she sang group of Susie & The Hula-Hoops, where also the later T-Rex-singer Marc Bolan joined. Shapiro convinced her parents to pay for singing lessons for her and came out so go to Maurice Berman's Singing Academy.There she was in 1961 at the age of 14, discovered by John Schroeder, who is very enthusiastic about her voice. He made a recording and left that to his boss, theproducer Norrie Paramor hear, who at first thought the voice of a boy.

Shapiro got a contract and was allowed to record her first new single directly. Schroeder looked for a song that fit well with her age and wrote with Mike Haddad for herDon't treat me like a child. With her debut single, she immediately broke through; He took the third place in the UK Singles Chart. Not in the same theme for a successor to Schroeder wanted to linger and he wrote You don't know. With that number she had her first number one hit and she was the youngest singer with a number one hit in theUnited KingdomYou don't know came also in Flanders and in the Netherlands charts. However, her biggest hit she had with her third single: Walkin' back to happiness. If promotion was a 15-minute Look at Life-movie made in which the emergence of the new single was shown. Because this movie was shown in many British cinemas for the main movie, the song got a lot of publicity. Despite being with this number a British number-one hit, the song was released in the United States and they should sing in the popular Ed Sullivan Show, it came as no further than one week on the Billboard Hot 100in the hundredth place. In the Benelux and West-Germany it became her biggest hit. Shapiro himself had not expected this success because they found the number quite corny.

Beginning 1962 had Shapiro her last major successes with Tell me what he said and her debutalbum 'Tops ' with me. Both took the second place in the u.k chart. For the German market, where Walkin' back to happiness "only" had come to the 30th place, was this song in German as Frag mich nicht warum included. Directly afterwards came also Komm, sei wieder gut (I apologize) out. Both singles were in West Germany the 31st place. In the following years remained Shapiro German translations for the German market, and from 1964 also were special German-language songs written for her. With these numbers, however, they had not much success.

They remained In England during the 1960s also continue to release new numbers, but they could not match the success of 1961. After Tell me what he said Shapiro had seven hits, of which the number 8-hit Little Miss Lonely from 1962 was the largest. Although her record sold less well they remained very popular in the early 1960s. In 1963 she toured with The Beatles by England, where The Beatles were under her name on the posters. On 4 October 1963 Helen Shapiro performed and The Beatles both on in the television programme Ready Steady Go!. Shapiro sang her song there Look who it is. In the clip she sings John Lennon,George Harrison and Ringo Starr far. During the tour of England were the Beatles more popular and they were the main Act. John Lennon and Paul McCartney wrote the song for her Misery, but Shapiro's producer Paramor chose the song Queen for tonight, a cover of Johnny Hallydays King for tonight back. Queen for tonight was a modest hit and The Beatles names Misery later on for their album Please Please Me.

After with The Beatles the beat music became popular, the popularity of Helen Shapiro went backwards. In 1964 she had her last British hit with Fever. She then went to 1969 by recording singles, but this hardly got fame. Starting from the 1970s , Shapiro focused on jazz (along with Humphrey Lyttelton) and musicals. Her biggest role was the role of Nancy in the musical Oliver!, which she reprised in 1983 . A few years later she received a role in the British television soap operas Albion Market, which, however, has not been running long. In 1987 she converted to Christianity and she has since then also included some gospel record . Helen Shapiro wrote in her 1993 autobiography, entitled Walking back to happiness, and stepped into show business from the 2002 final to concentrate on organising musical evenings, in which she proclaims the Gospeland talks about how she has found Jesus . They do this under the heading of Manna Music. Today, she is married to actor John Judd.

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Single (s) with chart positions in

prehistoric charts

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You don't know Oct 1961 15 2 m Dutch Pop Magazine Muziek Expres Top 30
Walkin' back to happiness dec 1961 6 4 m Dutch Pop Magazine Muziek Expres Top 30
Walkin' back to happiness 26-1-1962 3 7 Platennnieuws
Queen for tonight May 1963 29 1 m Dutch Pop Magazine Muziek Expres Top 30
Single (s) with chart positions

in the Flemish Ultratop 50

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You don't know sep 1961 7 6 m in the Juke Box Top 20
Walkin' back to happiness nov 1961 2 4 m in the Juke Box Top 20
Look who it is 8-9-1990 30 1 in the BRT Top 30

Radio 2 Top 2000[Edit]Edit

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
Queen For Tonight 1488 - - 1929 1771 1437 1753 1404 1860 1644 - - - - -
Walking Back To Happiness 1638 1642 - - 1296 - - 1824 - - - - - - -

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