TODAYS JUST ANOTHER MOODIE MONDAY FEATURES ONE OF BRITAIN’S FUNNIEST, MOST SUCCESSFUL AND RICHEST FEMALE COMEDIANS OF ALL TIMES. TRACEY ULLMAN.
She’s also the third richest British comedian overall plus the second richest British actress ever.
Quite a big feat for a girl from Slough in Buckinghamshire.
At the age of 12 Tracey won a scholarship for the Itali Conti Academy, a theatre arts training school in London. She would end up loathing Italia Conti saying that she ” hated the pressure that many of the children were under. Many of the kids were forced to grow up too fast, their careers were being decided for them before they were 13″.
Tracey had already made a name for herself as a comedian with her BBC comedy series Three of a Kind in the early 80’s, but had a chance encounter with the wife of the head of the punk music label Stiff records, Dave Robinson. The meeting led to her recording her first album. “One day, I was at my hairdresser, and Dave Robinson’s wife Rosemary leant over and said, ‘Do you want to make a record?’ I was having some of those Boy George kind of dreadlock things put in and I went, ‘Yeah I want to make a record.’ I would have tried anything”.
TRACEY IN THE 80’S
Her 1983 debut album featured her first hit single, Breakaway ( becoming famous for her performance with a hairbrush as a microphone), and the international hit cover version of label-mate Kirsty MacColl’s They Don’t Know, written by Kirsty too, which reached number two in the UK, and number eight in the United States. MacColl sang backing vocals on Ullman’s version. Within two years, Tracey had had six songs in the UK Top 100.
She gave up her music career after an incident that occurred on a German television show. Thankfully though, Tracey recorded one of my favourite ever songs by Kirsty MacColl and here it is today for you as my Just Another Moodie Monday choice.
They Don’t Know by Tracey Ullman.