Singer-actress Olivia Newton-John (73) passed away after a long battle with cancer

Olivia Newton-John was born on September 26, 1948 in Cambridge (England). She stays there with her parents until her father is offered a job as dean of a school in Melbourne, Australia. She wins a talent show in Australia and her favorite teacher encourages her to fulfill her big dream: to become a singer. As a 15-year-old, she and her mother move again to England, to the capital London.

Newton-John resolutely opts for pop and country, performing in numerous clubs and TV shows in the 1960s. However, her singing career does not run smoothly. In 1966 she records her first single, “Till you say you’ll be mine forever”. But the reviews are not exactly kind. “Choose a career as an air hostess,” writes one reviewer.

Yet Newton-John does not give up and becomes one of the most important background singers of Cliff Richards (photo below), who had already scored with hits such as “Living doll”, “Lucky lips” and his Eurovision song “Congratulations”.

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