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SHIRLEY ABICAIR - I WILL BE THERE
SHIRLEY ABICAIR - I WILL BE THERE
Published: 2012/10/27
Channel: ILMJXXX
Shirley Abicair and Cicely Tyson on "To Tell the Truth" (March 25, 1963)
Shirley Abicair and Cicely Tyson on "To Tell the Truth" (March 25, 1963)
Published: 2012/09/04
Channel: rrgomes
Shirley Abicair - Flowers Never Bend With The Rainfall
Shirley Abicair - Flowers Never Bend With The Rainfall
Published: 2014/01/14
Channel: flatop47
Early ABC TV programs - compile
Early ABC TV programs - compile
Published: 2013/10/25
Channel: Conniptions886
Shirley Abicair - Careless love - Female Voices 223
Shirley Abicair - Careless love - Female Voices 223
Published: 2014/12/28
Channel: Female Voices
Shirley Abicair-So goes love
Shirley Abicair-So goes love
Published: 2011/10/14
Channel: Alfredo COBO CONLLEDO
SHIRLEY ABICAIR***AM I LOSING YOU
SHIRLEY ABICAIR***AM I LOSING YOU
Published: 2014/02/23
Channel: Kerith Louisa Williams-Catton
Shirley Abicair - I Will Be There
Shirley Abicair - I Will Be There
Published: 2012/08/28
Channel: Fran Corao
Shirley Caddell - Doubles Of Troubles.wmv
Shirley Caddell - Doubles Of Troubles.wmv
Published: 2012/10/06
Channel: papasyutube
Shirley - Sugar, Sugar
Shirley - Sugar, Sugar
Published: 2013/06/05
Channel: ElButcho666
코니 프란시스-경솔했던 사랑[Connie Francis-Careless Love]
코니 프란시스-경솔했던 사랑[Connie Francis-Careless Love]
Published: 2017/07/07
Channel: ENIGMA
Shirley Abicair - This Girl
Shirley Abicair - This Girl
Published: 2010/09/25
Channel: flatop47
Zither "Der Dritte Mann" virtuos! / The Harry Lime Theme at it
Zither "Der Dritte Mann" virtuos! / The Harry Lime Theme at it's best.
Published: 2010/03/02
Channel: runner902
Little Boy Fishing
Little Boy Fishing
Published: 2008/06/16
Channel: 59DAVEMAC
IAN TYSON - GOODNESS OF SHIRLEY 1972
IAN TYSON - GOODNESS OF SHIRLEY 1972
Published: 2015/07/23
Channel: Mario Boronat
One Good Turn ~ O dată ȋn viață - Norman Wisdom
One Good Turn ~ O dată ȋn viață - Norman Wisdom
Published: 2015/04/23
Channel: anuro man
One Good Turn (1996)
One Good Turn (1996)
Published: 2016/06/30
Channel: Raquel Buqez
К лучшему/One Good Turn (1955)_trailer
К лучшему/One Good Turn (1955)_trailer
Published: 2012/07/07
Channel: Иволий Иванов
To Tell the Truth - Shirley Dinsdale, first winner of an Emmy; PANEL: Jim Backus (Apr 15, 1958)
To Tell the Truth - Shirley Dinsdale, first winner of an Emmy; PANEL: Jim Backus (Apr 15, 1958)
Published: 2015/08/14
Channel: To Tell the Truth (CBS)
"Little Boy Fishing" by Mortdale PS | FBTS 2015
"Little Boy Fishing" by Mortdale PS | FBTS 2015
Published: 2015/11/05
Channel: Film by the Sea Festival
Carib Gold (1956)
Carib Gold (1956)
Published: 2012/03/11
Channel: Rodney Rojas
208. Eddystone Light (Traditional English)
208. Eddystone Light (Traditional English)
Published: 2011/02/11
Channel: raymondcrooke
Helene  Abicair : TV Commercial
Helene Abicair : TV Commercial
Published: 2009/09/29
Channel: Sergio Martiniello
Careless Love
Careless Love
Published: 2014/11/20
Channel: Shirley Abicair - Topic
Man Of The Moment 1955 Norman Wisdom
Man Of The Moment 1955 Norman Wisdom
Published: 2016/12/21
Channel: Peter Meter
RAJA - To Be Alone
RAJA - To Be Alone
Published: 2012/05/27
Channel: gwizkid85
Little Boy Fishing
Little Boy Fishing
Published: 2014/11/20
Channel: Shirley Abicair - Topic
RAJA - Fitting You
RAJA - Fitting You
Published: 2012/05/28
Channel: gwizkid85
RAJA - Copper Mirrors (Prequel)
RAJA - Copper Mirrors (Prequel)
Published: 2012/05/28
Channel: gwizkid85
Careless Love
Careless Love
Published: 2015/04/04
Channel: Shirley Abicair - Topic
Shirley Caddell - "Motions"
Shirley Caddell - "Motions"
Published: 2010/10/18
Channel: VinylNostalgia
Favourites of the 1950s   Part 3
Favourites of the 1950s Part 3
Published: 2014/01/24
Channel: Klaus-Detlef Lihs
Little Boy Fishing
Little Boy Fishing
Published: 2015/04/04
Channel: Shirley Abicair - Topic
Little Boy Fishing
Little Boy Fishing
Published: 2014/11/20
Channel: Shirley Abicair - Topic
Little Boy Fishing
Little Boy Fishing
Published: 2014/11/20
Channel: Shirley Abicair - Topic
RAJA - My Crosshairs
RAJA - My Crosshairs
Published: 2012/05/27
Channel: gwizkid85
Terence Roper : Autumn Rhapsody (piano solo version)
Terence Roper : Autumn Rhapsody (piano solo version)
Published: 2012/09/28
Channel: PSearPianist
RAJA - Sara
RAJA - Sara
Published: 2012/05/28
Channel: gwizkid85
Little Boy Fishin
Little Boy Fishin'
Published: 2014/11/20
Channel: Shirley Abicair - Topic
Little Boy Fishing
Little Boy Fishing
Published: 2015/08/07
Channel: Shirley Abicair - Topic
Little Boy Fishing (2003 Remastered Version)
Little Boy Fishing (2003 Remastered Version)
Published: 2014/12/07
Channel: Shirley Abicair - Topic
Amazing little boy fishing.
Amazing little boy fishing.
Published: 2017/03/27
Channel: Oun Jong Lid
RAJA ft. Starchild - That Girl
RAJA ft. Starchild - That Girl
Published: 2012/05/28
Channel: gwizkid85
shirley fishfry
shirley fishfry
Published: 2009/07/10
Channel: sylvester cain
RAJA - You
RAJA - You
Published: 2012/05/27
Channel: gwizkid85
RAJA - Moon Rising
RAJA - Moon Rising
Published: 2012/05/27
Channel: gwizkid85
Various ‎– It
Various ‎– It's So Fine - Pye Girls Are Go! Part 2 : 60s British Pop, Beat, Soul Funk Music Compil.
Published: 2017/02/02
Channel: sunnyboy66
RAJA - Luv (Someone Else)
RAJA - Luv (Someone Else)
Published: 2012/05/27
Channel: gwizkid85
RAJA - First Attempt
RAJA - First Attempt
Published: 2012/05/27
Channel: gwizkid85
RAJA - The Storm
RAJA - The Storm
Published: 2012/05/27
Channel: gwizkid85
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Shirley Abicair (born 26 October 1928) is an Australian-born singer, musician, TV personality, actress, and author.

Early life[edit]

Shirley Abicair was born in Melbourne, Australia. Some sources show her year of birth as 1935, but a contemporary account shows she was 23 or 24 on arrival in England and, as she had completed tertiary studies in Australia, the earlier date seems more likely. She was the only daughter of a Wing Commander in the RAAF.

Education[edit]

She resided in Adelaide prior to pursuing studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and/or Sydney University (as with her year of birth, accounts differ), where she studied philosophy, languages and the arts.

Career[edit]

While studying in Sydney she began singing at parties and private functions to support her studies, accompanying herself on the zither. Self-taught, she is said to have found the zither whilst rummaging in a cupboard as a small child. She then entered and won a Sydney radio talent quest. This led to offers of engagements on radio and in theatre and cabaret.

In 1953, she left Sydney for London. She was photographed by a newspaper photographer looking for pretty faces whilst disembarking at London airport. Her photo was spotted by a radio producer in the newspaper and within weeks this led to her appearing on BBC television. Not much later that year she had her own programme in which she sang and played the zither. In December, she also appeared in the title role of the pantomime Cinderella with George Martin, the Casual Comedian, at the Brixton Empress Theatre. The zither was, along with her Australian-ness, to become her trademark. She released her first record "Careless Love" that year. During 1954 she co-starred with comedian Norman Wisdom in the film One Good Turn.

In 1956, she recorded (with the other George Martin producing) the title song for the soundtrack of the classic Australian movie Smiley. Through the middle/late 1950s she hosted (with help from her puppet friends, Australian indigenous children, Tea Cup and Clothespeg), a series called Children's Hour, a children's TV show. In the process she became an unofficial ambassador and promoter of Australia to a generation of British children. This Australian image was reinforced by her release of records with titles such as "(I Love You) Fair Dinkum" and "Botany Bay". During 1959 she returned to Australia briefly to record a series of television documentary films she had conceived, based on Australian folk songs, entitled Shirley Abicair in Australia, for the Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABC) TV network.

In 1962, she toured the Soviet Union, and in the same year she gave a recital at the Festival Hall in London. Later that year in October she visited the USA for performances. It was in 1962 as well that her children's book, Tales of Tumbarumba was published. In June 1963 she returned to the US, appearing on the "Smothers Brothers" TV show and the panel game show To Tell the Truth.[1] 1965 saw her put out an EP, "On the Nursery Beat", which was a number of nursery rhymes put to a Mersey beat. During 1965 she did a tour with British comedian Frankie Howerd to entertain British forces stationed in the Malay Peninsula and Sarawak, Borneo, during the unrest there. This tour was filmed and later released as a TV special "East of Howerd". During 1966–1967 she released a number of more mature songs on record including her version of the Gerry GoffinCarole King song "So Goes Love'" and Paul Simon's "Flowers Never Bend with the Rainfall". She had previously, in the early 1960s, released three albums of folk songs.

She joined up with harmonica player Larry Adler in 1968 to do a children's theatre show. She began her own one-woman theatre show in 1969 at the Arts Theatre in London.

In 1971, she moved to the United States (Oregon), where she appeared in a series of college concerts with the famed American writer Ken Kesey. Shirley Abicair currently lives in London and divides her time between Britain, the USA and Australia.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "To Tell the Truth Episode Guide 1956-67". "To Tell the Truth" on the Web. Retrieved 21 June 2016. 
  • Australian Encyclopedia - Sixth Edition - 1996 - Vol. 1 - Pub: Australian Geographic Society - ISBN 1-86276-014-4
  • Sleeve Notes from LP - "Shirley Abicair Sings Songs From Many Lands" - 1960

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