Dana Gillespie
Dana Gillespie . Third Man

Dana's biography

"I believe the blues should be sung by an older person because it's about emotions and experience. I couldn't do justice to it when I was younger because my voice didn't have the edge it needed to convey the emotion, nor did I have the first hand experience to sing about blue themes convincingly."

But after 40 years in music and over 50 albums Dana Gillespie is well qualified to sing the blues. A career that combined radio, theatre, film and sport (she was once British junior water-skiing champion) with music, Dana has been in the public eye since recording her first album at the age of 15. Her music has evolved from folk in the 60s through 70s Bowie-esque glam-rock to the raunchy in-your-face blues she performs today.

Dana Gillespie has been dedicated to the blues from an early age: "I discovered the blues when I went to the American Folk Blues Festival in 1962 and also to see the Yardbirds at the Marquee Club. I was in my early teens and hadn't heard anything like it before - blues wasn't easily available in the UK back then". Bessie Smith especially inspired her because of her combination of sly, funny and bawdy lyrics. "Blues was my first musical love because it's earthy, spiritual and honest."

In 1964 she recorded for Pye, with Donovan on guitar and became a regular on the folk circuit. She recalls: "[at that age] I was doing folk because I couldn't afford a band and I hadn't found my musical niche".In those early years Dana got to know many of the top bands and people in the music business. Most shared her love of blues, and played their own version of it. Bob Dylan who was an old friend of Dana from the 60s

showed interest in her music in 1997, when he invited her to support him on his UK tour, which included a sell-out show at Wembley. After a swathe of singles on Pye and two LPs for Decca, she moved to RCA and made WEREN'T BORN A MAN in 1973, some titles being produced by David Bowie, whose management, Mainman, also took care of her career.

While her career in music was simmering away, she became better known for her appearances in London's West End theatres, in shows such as the first run of Jesus Christ Superstar (playing Mary Magdalene), The Who's "Tommy" (playing the Acid Queen) and the rock Othello, "Catch My Soul". She also appeared with Dudley Moore in the film version of "The Hound Of The Baskervilles" and starred in Ken Russell's "Mahler" among other movies.

Her second RCA LP, AIN'T GONNA PLAY NO SECOND FIDDLE was just beginning to take off when her management company decided she should move to the USA, where she played and toured extensively for two years. Dana hosted a radio blues show in New York at the same time, which gave her the opportunity to learn more about the roots of the music. She has continued her interest in radio in Austria where she recently completed a 11-year stint hosting a weekly, international world music show on Blue Danube Radio called

"Globe Trotting With Gillespie". In the 80s, Dana toured Europe several times with the "Stars Of Boogie Woogie" tour, singing either with the Mojo Blues Band or with Axel Zwingenberger. Her time with the Mojo Blues Band, a purist outfit that backed all the American blues musicians visiting Europe, lasted three years. "I lived, slept and breathed blues, because that was all they did. It was a great experience." She also developed her interest in Indian and Arabic music, recording the single "Move Your Body Close To Me", an Indian-influenced song with synthesiser backing. It shot to #1 in Europe.

Dana has already released five blues albums through Ace. BLUE JOB, was recorded in 1982, a collection of blues songs with a humorous risque twist. The second LP, BELOW THE BELT drew on the same source, and was produced by Mike Vernon (who also produced Dana's Pye album in the 60s, BOX OF SURPRISES). The third LP, SWEET MEAT concentrated on "fat" and "thin" numbers - another raunchy set of songs. The combined three LPs are now available on two CDs BLUES IT UP and HOT STUFF. Her most recent release STAYING POWER, displays an empathy with the blues which can be traced back to her first exposure to the art form in the early 1960s.

In 2002 Dana was invited to take her road band, The London Blues Band, on the first ever major tour by a western band of India. She filled stadiums from Mumbai to Calcutta and yet again demonstrated her infalible ability to take her music to a seemingly unlikely audience. Her songwriting is without doubt a major asset. Bob Dylan has said how much he likes her songs... her self penned catalogue is phenomenal and sets her apart as a truly unique talent.

India has always played a major part in Dana's life and she recorded 3 albums in Sanskrit, under the pseudonym THIRD MAN before reverting to Dana Gillespie. Her touring schedule has been consistently packed, taking her to all the European blues festivals. In recognition of her talent, she was voted 'Top British Female Blues Vocalist' by the British Blues Connection and Blueprint Magazine between 1992 and 1996 and has now been elevated into their Hall Of Fame.

In the last week of January, for over a decade, the Caribbean Island of MUSTIQUE has been the destination for a charity blues festival, founded and organised by Dana and Basil Charles. The festival started as a small event but as Mustique has grown in popularity, as a tourist destination and as a playground for the wealthy, so has the festival. The funds collected are used to pay for scholarships for children's schooling in the neighbouring island of St. Vincent. Dana maintains that the event will continue to be a free festival, raising money through the sale of the Mustique Blues Festival LIVE CD produced every year. Blues musicians from all over the world, such as Big Jay McNeely and Larry Garner, perform at the festival.

Dana Gillespie from Wikipedia

Dana Gillespie (30 March 1949 in London) is an English actress and singer.

Dana was born in London on 30 March 1949. She is the daughter of Baron De Winterstein Gillespie, an Austrian radiologist. Dana grew up in England and her family's villa on Lake Maggiore, Italy.[1] She was the British Junior Water Skiing Champion for four years until an injury forced her retirement. She recorded initially in the folk genre in the mid-1960s, although she was more known at this time for being the girlfriend of Bob Dylan. Some of her recordings as a teenager fell into the teen pop category, such as the 1966 single "Thank You Boy", produced by Jimmy Page. Her acting career got under way shortly afterwards, and overshadowed her musical career in the late 1960s and 1970s. After performing backing vocals on the track "It Ain't Easy" from David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, she recorded an album produced by Bowie and Mick Ronson in 1973, "Weren't Born a Man". Subsequent efforts have been in the blues genre, appearing with her "London Blues Band". She is notable for being the original Mary Magdalene in the first London production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's Jesus Christ Superstar which opened at the Palace Theatre in late 1971. She also appears on the Original London Cast album which was released the following year. She is a close friend and associate of Angela Bowie, David Bowie's wife.[2] As of 2007, Dana often plays at "Basil's Blues Bar" on Mustique Island, the Caribbean, for three weeks in January through to February. This mostly features her "London Blues Band", but she also invites other acts. In 2005, Mick Jagger appeared as a guest and sang songs such as: "Honky Tonk Women", "Dust My Broom" and "Goin' Down".

Her "London Blues Band" normally consists of the following musicians: Mike Paice, Jake Zaitz, Dino Baptiste, Jeff Walker, Evan Jenkins.

Third Man это псевдоним под которым исполняет и выпускает альбомы индийской музыки Дана Гиллеспи (Dana Gillespie)

Third Man is the pseudonym of Blues singer Dana Gillespie, and represents a collaboration with Steve Lima as well many other eminent musicians.

The music is predominantly Indian Bhajan based, as it is devotional music that Dana has learnt and adapted through many visits to India.

Remember also that Third Man is only one side of Dana Gillespie. Her highly successful blues and film carreer can be checked out on her other web site: www.dana-gillespie.com

Dana Gillespie - Universal Bhajans
1. Allah Allah Karo Pukar
2. Sai Hamara Hum Sai Ke
3. Sai Baba Tera Nam
4. Sarva Dharma Priya Deva
5. Tum Ho Shyam Ram Rahim
6. Allah Ho Akhbar
7. Jagadisha Haire Jaya Ho
8. Rama Hare Sai Krishna Here
9. Sai Baba Pranam

All songs are traditional. Musical director and arragements by Chandru. Recorded at Aravind Studios, Bangalore. Engineered by Omkar. Mixed and mastered by Dominic Brethes at Wolf Studios, London.

Third Ьan productions, 1999

Universal Bhajans: 9 devotional songs of India, recorded in Bangalore with 9 Indian musicians, led by Chandru, the celebrated vilinist, whu wrote the musical arrangements. There are also 8 Indian singers accompaning Dana.

ТЕКСТ: www.dana-gillespie.com | 19.09.2008

Ссылки на Дану Гиллеспи (Dana Gillespie):

  • www.dana-gillespie.com - Официальный сайт Dana Gillespie. Фотографии, биография.
  • www.thirdman.com - Официальный сайт Third Man. Дана Гиллеспи исполняет индийские песни под псевдонимом Third Man. Фотографии, биография, описания альбомов.


  • Third Man - Universal Bhajans (1999)
  • Third Man - Inner Vew

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