Lesley Duncan is a British singer / songwriter. She was mainly a singles
artist with recordings dating back to 1963. After a string of unsuccessful
singles from "I Want A Steady" in 1963 recorded as "Lesley Duncan
and The Jokers" to "Sing Children Sing" in 1969 Lesley Duncan
finally got noticed when Elton John recorded her song "Love Song" on
his "Tumbleweed Connection" album. Up until this time she was more
successful in the session field. Doing backing vocal for a number of British
artist including Elton John. She can be heard in the chorus on the "Jesus
Christ Superstar" album.
After Elton John recorded "Love Song" this landed Lesley Duncan a
recording contract with CBS / Columbia Records. Her first album "Sing
Children Sing" included Elton John on Piano. In 1972 her second album
"Earth Mother" was released. Unlike the first this was not available
in the US. Due to the unsuccessful singles from the first album US Columbia
decided to issue "Earth Mother" as an import only. She also sang on
Joyce Everson's album Crazy Lady" which was recorded in 1971 and released
by Warner in 1972. It wasn't until 1974 that the single To Be A Pilgrim was
issued from the album in England. This ended her time with Columbia and
her next album was issued by the GM label in England.
Her next album "Everything Changes" is the album that got me hooked. I
bought this for a friend who had picked up a copy on his own and leaving me
stuck with the copy I bought for him. Well after playing it I thanked him
because the album blew me away. This album never got issued in the US and it's
our loss. Highlighting the album are the tracks "My Soul" , "The
Serf", "Love Melts Away" and the title track "Everything
Changes". This lead to her signing with MCA records in the US in 1976. MCA
released her next two albums "Moonbathing", which again included the
help of Elton John, and "Maybe It's Lost". After low sales of these
albums Lesley Duncan was back to a singles artist releasing singles up until
1986. The last album Lesley Duncan appeared on was the 1979 release by Alan
Parsons Project called "Eve" where she sang the track "If I Could
Change Your Mind".
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