Monday, 9 June 2008

Welcome to the Official Kathy Kirby Blog








Here is the chance to have your say about the site and tell us


Kathy Kirby stories you would like to share.

134 comments:

Linda said...

Just wanted to say how wonderful it is to see a web page devoted to Kathy in the hands of someone who really cares about her!! Good luck and all best wishes to James, the web page, and of course to Miss Kathy Kirby. Linda x

Lynn and Paul said...

Brilliant to have a website which is personally blessed by Kathy and what a great website it is too!
Totally agree with Linda's comments that people who really care about Kathy are looking after her interests.
Looking forward to regularly visiting the website and wish it great success.
Lynn and Paul xx

Sean S said...

Hi All,
Ditto Linda, a great looking site already with some good pics of the Lady, looking forward to many more and also to chat to James about all the latest news. Good to finally have contact with the one person who knows her best.
Much love to Kathy, luck and fun James. xxx Sean S.

michael said...

F.A.B.U.L.O.U.S!!!

Michael said...

Congratulations, Mr James Harman on producing a beautiful, fitting tribute to a true STAR! Both myself and partner Les have had the wonderful opportunity of meeting Miss Kirby very recently.She remains radiant and still shimmers like a rare jewel to this day. Kathy Kirby has given so much joy to so many over the years. We are so pleased that she is at last in the safe representation of a kind and caring person who looks after her best interest. Best wishes to all involved in this wonderful new site.
Miss Kathy Kirby,
We adore you!!!
Michael and Les.
xxxxxxxxxxxxx

Trevor said...

Kathy Kirby; to those who were and still are her fans, the name will conjour memories of a wonderful artiste, coloured by her unique voice, style and glorious looks often compared to Marilyn Monroe.
No one has ever been able to emulate Kathy's exclusive voice or style. She was able to capture all emotions in her performances and gave everything to her audiences and followers.
I was priviledged to see and hear her live on several occasions and wish I still could.
However, at the end of the day, it is wonderful that Kathy is still with us even though she is not performing now.
Thanks to James for organising this new site and thanks and love to Kathy.

Trevor.

Dave Barker said...

How lucky I am to have been around to experience a true star, who radiated glamour when the other artists of the day all looked the same.

And how wonderful it was and still is, to listen to a real star who has such a wide range in her voice, when everyone else was just a singer.

There have been many artists come and go, but there will never be another KATHY KIRBY.

Thank you Kathy the all your fantastic work, and for the pleasure you have added to my life.

And thank you James for helping to produce this new site, but most of all for caring for Kathy.

Love and best wishes

Dave Barker x

Mark Willerton said...

What a wonderful site.
Congratulations to all involved !!
It couldn't be bettered.
So many pictures I haven't seen before !!
Kathy needed a site for all the latest news and a blog for fans.
Love it !

Mark

Anonymous said...

Hi
I'm in Australia and remember growing up to Kathy's music being played by my mum on the old record player and ever since I've tried to collect a lot of her music over the internet etc. and play it all the time...my children even know her voice!
Does she have any cd's with everything she's ever recorded on -not just the hits? I would love to have the full collection.
thanks for this lovely website..
Angela
fairy_glitter@msn.com

tom r. said...

Nice tidy site James. Look forward to more.

Alison said...

Hey great site ..I was 10 when kathy realease Secret Love. My mum loved it bless ...This sog so well sung brings back chldhood memories and a tear to my eye everytime i hear it ..But wonderfull memories they are ty so much..... Alison x

Fred said...

Kathy Kirby's definitive rendition of "The Way of Love" towers over any other version. The single scored on the US Billboard Hot 100 in 1965. It may have only reached No. 88 nationally, but I have fond memories of hearing it regularly on the radio stations here in Los Angeles. Unfortunately there never was a US Kathy Kirby full-length LP, but "The Way of Love" did appear on the US various artists LP "The Greatest Hits From England" on the Parrot label (the same label that released the single) and the song in fact closed Side 2 of the LP in spectacular fashion. There was also a photo of Kathy on the back cover. So Kathy's great US chart hit got placed on a US LP after all.

Anonymous said...

Kathy has a great friend in you James to take all this trouble, and what a brillant site, keep up the good work. Colin.

MIKE said...

Well done on producing a really great site. Loved all the pictures and the discography information. Produced by someone who cares for people who care for Kathy. Lots of love to Kathy

Robert H said...

What an amazing site.
One of my memories of Kathy Kirby goes back to the 60's when Kathy and Frank Ifield starred in a summer season show at the ABC theatre in Blackpool.
Determined to meet her after the show, I hurried to the stage door and, in the pouring rain, I waited...and waited...and waited. But all I got was very wet! I remain convinced that she either left by helicopter that night, or stayed in there till morning. Was I downhearted? Not a bit of it! I had seen the show and it took me about three days to "come down" after it.
I never have met Kathy Kirby but listen to her music daily either on my ipod or on cd's in my car.
Thank you Kathy Kirby for all the wonderful music that has kept me happy for the last 45 or so years and thank you James Harman for keeping Kathy in front of her many fans.

allen_mapex_king said...

What a great site, at last somewhere to listen to all my fav Kathy Kirby songs on one page, well done James. Kathy is a Legend and i will be her fan for the rest of my days. Allen Jarvis (drummer)

tonyharrison@westnet.com.au said...

A great website, tastefully presented, as befits an outstanding singer with a golden voice like Kathy! I was lost in time going through the site over several days. I just had to keep revisiting it and hear the songs over again. I am sure all of Kathy's fans will be as delighted as I was. Best wishes from the Northern Territory of Australia (where I now live).

paul said...

hi i hear that kathy does read these so i would like to say to her it would be so nice to see her back on tv do you still sing ? you are very much missed i remember you as a kid when i was about 7or8 im now 51 haha time flies but memories stay put good health to you kathy always paul xxxx

Anonymous said...

Hello!

Thats all so lovely shown around, stories, footage and other
things. This particular thanks for music - I didn't know that
Miss Kirby has so much generic brilliantly songs!

I knew it all along that she is Britain's most underrated and
overlooked female singer - I will help this change.

Hope Kathy Kirby is steadily gaining popularity and she give
us constantly recurring concerning hers wellbeing!

Thanks a lot James for your position of trust and this exclusively
Kathy Kirby adress ! SHE..., is so enchantress -
Please say hello for me - love and success!

Best Regards, justin -

Anonymous said...

Justin, thanks for emailing from Germany, your email was greatly appreciated and I wish my German was as good as your English! Thanks to everyone else that has posted too. The site is new and only just up and running, but I know you will agree that Murph (the web designer) has done a fantastic job. Thank you my friend.
This site is purely to celebrate the talent of Kathy, and unlike another site, is not a platform to air individual person views which has nothing to do with paying tribute to the star Miss Kathy Kirby. James Harman

Tony said...

This website is the result of a wonderfull effort by James, Kathy and all those who have worked on it. It's a refreshing and overdue change which has been required for some time and uniquely endorsed by Kathy herself. Refreshing in that here you will see from the top down, the truly selfless promotion of, and genuine interest in Kathy, her life and well-being; and her stupendous singing career.

I'm back on stream - Congratulatins! Tony

ASC said...

At last a really professional site dedicated to one of Britain's greatest female singers,and obviously created for her by people who genuinely care for her and her reputation. I look forward to viewing this wonderful site many times in the future.Keep up the good work, James and friends.

ASC (LONDON SW1)

tom r. said...

Kathy, we all look forward to the DVD from Odeon hopefully packed with performances and information. Your demise from the stage is very much missed but happy to know that you are still very much around.

angela rayner said...

hi james and kathy just wanted to say how brilliant this site is with great pictures and someone who can be trusted with it.
youre singing and performing was the best my only regret is that i
never got to see you live.
best wishes angela rayner.

Anonymous said...

Fab Fab Eartha Kitt story! She is fabulous but always struck me as the impatient type! Kathy rules!
If people want a singer to keep the stage then what is a girl to do???
We love you Kathy. Keep Rockin' and Dance On!!!
Best Wishes to You and Mr Harman.
Michael and Les.
xxx

Anonymous said...

A message from Malta:
Hello my friends, I am DJ John Mallia of Calypso Radio the most popular radio station in Malta. First of all I would like to thank James for this very interesting site about Kathy Kirby and all the information. Thanks too for all the help he gave me about Kathy's songs. I will give all my friends the details of this most popular site of our favourite singer Miss Kathy Kirby. Keep up the good work John Mallia

trschaefer said...

Well... OK... I've made it this far. I started out on the Kathy Kirby tribute site, and now (apparently) I've got my very own BLOG.

Love this site. I just discovered Kathy Kirby on You-Tube. A fellow You-Tuber directed me to this website. It's totally fabulous!

I love all of the photos of Kathy, and the overall feel of the site is a great tribute to a great singer. (He tells me that Kathy occasionally checks the Blog.) If so... Kathy, I hope that you are doing well, and I appreciate the chance to have discovered you on You-Tube!

trevor said...

Hello Kathy,
How wonderful it is to hear your voice again after so long.
I hope you will join us again in the future with more of your endearing comments.
Love Trevor and Paul xxx.

trevor said...

I remember visiting Amsterdam in the early 1980s with friends. We got talking to a Dutch guy who invited us for a meal. During a wonderful repast, we talked about our favorite singers and I happened to say that I adored Kathy Kirby.
As soon as I mentioned Kathy, our Dutch friend immediately put on one of Kathy,s LPs. It turned out that Kathy was also one of his favorite singers.
We had an enjoyable evening with good food, wine and wonderful music. Thanks to Kathy, a really good time was had by all.

Trevor.

James said...

Hi Trevor, thanks for your blogs.
Odeon are trying to persuade Kathy to be guest of honour at the launch of the DVD on her birthday 20th October where she would be surrounded by close friends and fans. I don't think she really realises HOW loved she is by her fans. James

douglas said...

love you love you love you
youre the best singer ever ms kirby
and what a lovely web site too james
all the best to you both
keep your sun shining
yours
douglas xx

Anonymous said...

Kathy my dear, I was delighted to hear your voice again after all this time. I was rather startled at first, when I gathered my composure you brought back so much n ostalgia and very happy memories.Dear lady you were one of the greats. I came to see an awfull lot of your live performances and got to know Vera quite well. Did you ever get the huge Easter Egg that we left with Vera at the Cresta Club (Solihull) or did she eat it herself.I tell my stories to my grandson, he is very interested in what nana did in her teens. I have spoken to James, he is a very nice person and very caring. Kathy I have so many stories to tell. Will close for now but will be back. Much love to you. Sandra X

Kevin said...

Such a lovely website for such a lovely singer - James thanks so much for your phone call to direct me here! I never tire of listening to Miss Kirby, and really look forward to teh DVD and much more! K

James said...

Sadly most nights, late at night we are receiving abusive, homophobic comments on this blog. We are well aware who it is - but as he doesn't have the bottle to leave his name, but post anonymously - nothing can be done.
Just to clear up one point he is totally mistaken about, as he does not know the lady is:
Kathy does indeed now have a laptop, she cannot work it herself admittedly, but friends who visit her on a regular basis always show her the latest blogs. James

Anonymous said...

What a pity small minded bigots have such big egos and mouths. Still, all they do is show themselves up even more. I am sure no reasonable person would take the slightest bit of notice of what amounts to a sad individual's ravings. My advice-read, delete, forget!
Linda x

raymond said...

Wonderful web site

Sean S said...

absolutely agree with you Linda, some people are really pathetic. We have this great new website, all those new pics (love the one with her mum)and even a welcome from the lady herself; no saddos required!

raymond said...

From the bottom of my heart i wish the past years had been kinder to you Kathy, maybe then you would still be performing.You are still missed,and by the messages on this Stuning website still Loved very much. You will NEVER WALK ALONE,with a Good Friend like James at your side. God Bless.Love Raymond xx

James said...

Thank you Ray. However there is someone in London called John who does so much more for Kathy than I do. He just prefers to keep in the background though. He would tell you though that if Kathy has one fault it is that she is far too generous - and always has been.

Dave said...

I have recently found this website and what a surprise I had. All the songs that are on the jukebox. What happy memories.I remember going to see Kathy at the Shepherds Bush Empire when Kathy had her own television show for the BBC.What a performer!I would just like to wish Kathy all the very best and what a marvellous website this is James. Keep up the good work. I shall be visiting here again soon.

Dave

Lynn and Paul said...

Absolutely brilliant website to a wonderful singer. Kathy must be over the moon with it!
Totally in agreement with Linda, a sad, sad, very sad and small minded person who no true Kathy fan will take the slightest bit of notice of. Yes - read, delete, shake your head in pity for said sad person, forget and enjoy the amazing site!
Thank you so very much James, Murph and everyone else involved in producing this tremendous website!
Lots of love to Kathy.
Lynn and Paul xx

Michael and Les said...

Dear James,
Once again, congratulations on the continuing success of the Kathy Kirby website.
Unfortunately it is hard in this world to please everybody. Any negative response must surely be down to lack of self esteem, judgement of Kathy's REAL friends or jealousy.
I scratch my head and wonder what motivates such negative people. The website was set up as a fitting tribute to a great Star and both myself and Les support you 100%.
As Marlene Dietrich once said of her detractors...."They are Trrrrraaaassshhhh!"
Best wishes to yourself and the wonderful Miss Kirby as always.
Michael and Les.
Our Thanks To You.

trevor said...

Hello Kathy, this new website really is so refreshing in every way.
There are those however who would belittle the site, but those few small- minded people are really not worth bothering about!
Your reputation flies way above any critisism that may come your way.
Lets say thanks to James who gives so much real love and attention to all that you have done and will hopefully do in the future.
Trevor x.

Dave said...

Hi James

I am sorry to hear that some LOW LIFE is trying to spoil things by posting nasty and homophobic remarks.

These type of people never have the guts to come clean and leave there names.

You will find it is some miserable person, who think them selves wonderful, but in reality they are failures.

I can only say thank you for all you do.

Best wishes
Dave Barker

sandra. said...

Just like to say. What a great website, made very personal by the Great Lady herself, The sound of Kathy's voice again afer all theese years only goes to show her appreciation and endearment to all of her fans. Considering the pain she has encountered, this shows her unique STAR QUALITY and FIGHTING SPIRIT. I had the privelidge of speaking to Kathy last week,she still commands much respect, yet is very warm hearted and very bubbly and is now enjoying semi-retirement with the help and care of two very dear friends James and John. (who truly have only Kathy,s best interests at heart). John is Kathy's ROCK and James is responsible for throwing it.They are two of the nicest people I know, and I would personally like to pay tribute and thank them both for all of their effort and support and love of a TRUE star that still shines today. You are two great guys and it is a pleasure to know you.

Anonymous said...

Dear Kathy,
Just a short note to say thank you, thank you, thank you for the music. I totally disagree with the comment on another site that "Kathy possessed one of the finest female singing voices on the British side of the Atlantic" for I believe you have the finest singing voice on both sides of the Atlantic!!! Just listening to that crystal-clear voice sends shivers down my spine!!

I play "Dance On" almost every day (from the time I first heard the song ten years ago) and I can't seem to get enough of it!!!! I was only 7 when it was released and hadn't heard it until I was in my forties but hearing it for the first time was a revelation. It got me hooked on Kathy Kirby and everything she sung!! Desert Island Songs? Give me Kathy Kirby any day!!!

I have recently asked James to include a few of your songs that I have never heard on the jukebox on your site, and I can't wait for that to happen!

May God keep you well for many, many more years.

Love Simon Papa (Cyprus)

Dave said...

I just wanted to say "Hello Kathy and hope you are keeping well. Whenever I have a down day or two all I have to do is to play some of your songs and they send me to another place. I become so relaxed and happy. I have been a fan since
I was 12 years old which is over 45years ago and your singing voice still has the same affect on me as it did then.
I just want to say "Thank you" for all happiness your voice and songs have given me over to years.
God Bless.
Lots of love to you.
Dave

James said...

Simon and Dave, thanks so much for your very nice messages. Kathy will be thrilled to read them and know you think so much of her after all this time. Thanks again, I just wanted you to know she does see them. Best wishes James

sandra said...

Hello to all you Kathy fans! Just popped in to say a few words about Kathy's forethcoming birthday on the 20th october, I forwarded my prezies to James (Harman),who very kindly to them to Kathy's. James is to be trusted implicitly and I will tell you why. I got a telephone call from the Lady herself and she thanked me personally for the gifts, she was delighted with them. Do not make the mistake that I made with her presents last birthday, she told me personally that she never received them and I was most upset about the situation. So to elabourate don't send them elswhere, or you could have a similar experience to mine. James is to be 100% trusted to give them to Kathy personally, so thanks again James and thanks to Kathy for the acknowledgement. Sandra. x

James said...

Sandra, thank you for that! I think I will start wearing an halo!
Seriously though I hope fans now know that if any fans want to send anything onto Kathy it will be delivered. Odeon have intrusted me with this site and with Kathy now approaching seventy I just want to make her life now as happy as possible. With the exception of Mark Willerton's authorised site, no other site has any contact with the lady herself, so it is up to the individual to who they send any card/present to reach The Diva. James

Clive Fuller said...

Hello Kathy
What a wonderful website. I have spent most of the afternoon listening to your recordings that play on the juke box.
When I was small we always watched BBC Christmas Night with the Stars and I can still remember you singing and making our Christmas so special.
It is great that a DVD is being made to celebrate your life and career but I cannot believe your age (it must be a mistake). I have ordered a copy already and I know I shall enjoy it.
I still think that your version of My Way is the best I have ever heard.
I send my best wishes for your up coming birthday, have a wonderful day.
Take care...
Clive

Anonymous said...

Dear James,

.....thank you for being so likable photograph by Miss Kirby with individual convenience.

- It was a pleasant surprise - I like that !!!

Hope - Miss kirby is very well-being!

Just to have read her "Stories" from this kathykirby Webside - I didn't know that she was on Barbados - She´s so lovely !

Great Storys and nice Pictures.

Thanks again for this friendly accompanying letter, I am Miss Kirby daily adjunctive.

She is one of the best female Singer in UK - I wish Miss Kirby a lifetime achievement award !

Please say hello for me -
love and success and feeling of security

Best Regards - Justin

James said...

Hi Justin, glad the photograph arrived safely to you in Germany. Thanks for your good wishes James

Michael and Les said...

Hi James,
Thankyou for sending "I Belong" sung in Italian by Miss Kirby.
She remains one of the great female vocalists to this day.
Kind regards to yourself and Kathy as ever.
Michael and Les.

Anonymous said...

Just wanted to how great Kathy's Italian version of "I Belong" is.
I remember the 1965 Eurovision and we were all cheering at the TV after Kathy's performance. Kathy should have won.
James, what other languages did Kathy sing "I Belong "?
Love to Kathy and best wishes to yourself.
Dave

James said...

Hi Dave, I recently asked Kathy that same question. She told me she recorded "I Belong" in three other languages, but could only recall the Italian and Spanish versions. Kathy has always had a large fan base in Spain. James

The Raconteur said...

Excellent blog James,
Shows real caring-

When Kathy was singing I worked on ships so only heard her when home on leave.

Memories flood back now, and tears.

She must be part of England's history

Trevor Lloyd said...

During a recent visit to Birmingham Paul and I called to see James as it was his birthday and we had a gift for him. We chatted about Kathy over many cups of coffee and gave James a gift for Kathy's birthday for him to deliver. He rang Kathy and told her about the present from us then handed the 'phone to us both so we were able to have a chat with her; MAGIC!
Thanks for that James.
All our love to you too Kathy.
Trevor and Paul.

James said...

Hi Trevor, thanks for the nice message. Was good seeing you and Paul. Obviously I will make sure Kathy gets your present. James

sandra said...

rejust wanted to say that the ust gets ole'juke box is great. I really enjoy listening to what a lovely way, beautifull lyrics sang with much emotion and perfect diction as kathy always did. Is it possible to get a copy of this. I love it. This site just gets better. Reguard and thanks for all your hard work.

James said...

"What A Lovely Way" is just one of 28 tracks on the "My Thanks To You" CD (Vocalion CDLK 4239)

Anonymous said...

Does she get royalties for that?

James said...

Kathy gets regular royalty cheques from both Decca and EMI

Anonymous said...

Hi James,
I have just heard the tracks "Now I know " and "Memories".
Just amazing. When were they recorded and how were they discovered?
James,I send my best wishes to you and my love to Kathy. Hope Kathy is keeping well as she approaches 70 years young.
And a great site it is too!!!

Dave

James said...

Hi Dave, "Now I Know" was from a recording session in April 1966 done at the same time as when Kathy cut "Will I Never Learn"/"Adam Adamant". "Memories" was one of the last tracks Kathy recording for EMI in the early seventies. I have a copy of "Who Knows" from May 1962 which I think did appear on one complilation LP/CD but as it is alittle known track, I will get Murph to pop it on the juke box. Thanks for the kind words. James

Anonymous said...

Did anyone see Paul O'Grady show on 6th October?
I could not believe my ears!!!
Nicky Clarke, hairdresser to the stars described Paul O'Grady's hair as, and I quote..."KATHY KIRBY BLONDE!!!"
How fab is that???
Kathy Kirby you are so lovely and always remembered with fondness.
Love from Michael and Les.

Mark Willerton said...

Fans might like to know about a new biography of Bruce Forsyth by Stephanie Pinter called 'Nice to see you - the Bruce Forsyth story' priced £10.99.
The Bruce - Kathy affair is handled sensitively and Ms Pinter is very complimentary to Kathy, describing her as 'one of the greatest voices of her generation, who has now become a cult figure.
The book includes a familiar B/W photo of Kathy on the 'Stars and Garters' set.
Bruce has already admitted his affair with Kathy in his own 2001 autobiography and she still talks about him affectionately today as 'Bru-Bru'.

michael and les said...

A Lovely tribute and Birthday Wish was made on Radio 2 on 14/10/2008 by Desmond Carrington on his show.
He played "Someone To Watch Over Me" and said some very kind words.
Best Wishes Ms Kirby
Michael and Les.

James said...

Thanks for all the cards and presents for Kathy. She will be thrilled. James

tom reddall said...

James, I have now sent birthday requests to the following people/programmes, hoping at least one more will respond. Terry Wogan/Johnnie Walker-Ken Bruce-Paul O'Grady-Brian Matthew (Sound Of The Sixties)-Steve Wright- and David Jacobs as I am sure David played track from David Innes's CD when he first produced that wonderful recording. Regards, Tom.

James said...

Tom, thank you so much it is appreciated. It is around 11.30pm Wednesday evening and I have just got back home from spending a day with Kathy. I took all the presents and cards that have so far arrived. Walked in to find a couple of dozen more birthday cards on my hallway mat!!!

sandra said...

James, Just to say thanks for delivering the pearls and card to Kathy. I had a lovely talk with her and we had a girly giggle. She was her usual bubbly self, a little husky as she is just getting over a chest infection, she thanked me very much for the present,said it was wonderfull. I felt very honoured that she had personally thanked me, and many thanks to James for making it all possible by ringing me and then handing the phone over to Kathy.

Clive Fuller said...

I just wanted to say "Happy Birthday" for the special day and hope you have a super time.
Looking forward to the DVD and will review it for "In Tune" magazine.

Dave said...

I wish Kathy a very very happy
70th birthday on the
20th tomorrow,a very special day,a very special lady in my life too through her voice and songs. I wish you love and happiness in the future. Hope you have a lovely day.
Lots of love and kisses.

Dave
xxxxxx

trevor said...

Hello Kathy,
We want to wish you a very happy birthday for tomorrow. You have given so much pleasure with your music and continue to do so.
We will raise a glass to you and your good health.
Love from
Trevor and Paul xxx.

James said...

A fan has posted a nice clip of Kathy on You Tube, from the Channel 4 "Do You Remember?" show from May 1983. Filmed at the London Lyceum, Kathy looks lovely singing "Secret Love"

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! Miss Kirby, this is a great day for you and all your friends and fans, so many People loves you. I wish you all the best and I will you'r achievement many many years to squire, in all modesty.

Lots of health and gladness ....Justin

Anonymous said...

Have a wonderful evening Kathy on this your very special day
All our love
Phil, Gale And Sarah xxx

Anonymous said...

On Monday the 20th of October myself and partner Les attended Kathy's birthday party at her Kensington appartment.Kathy was vivacious, funny and completely at ease. On one or two occassions she broke into song. Believe me, the voice is still as amazing as ever.
We did not have the time to read the hundreds of cards. We did have time to remember happy times and enjoy a toast to a very special lady. Kathy was so genial, generous and kind. I will never forget this magic evening.She is so grateful and appreciates all the cards and kind wishes.
Kathy Kirby...We salute you.We send this message as fans, protectors and friends.
OUR THANKS TO YOU.XXXXXXXXXXXX
Michael And Les.

Clive said...

I've just noticed that the Odeon Entertainment DVD of Kathy is no longer listed with a release date on Amazon.co.uk
James, can you advise if there is a delay in the release of this much awaited DVD.
I still have it on pre-order with Play.com (so hope it is just an Amazon error) Please let us all know.
Many kind thanks
Clive

James said...

The delay has simply been caused by the fact that Kathy has had a bad chest infection that simply refused to go away. This postponed the release date, as she was unable to film her contribution. Filming in now set to be done in the first half of November.
I know alot of fans were distressed by the dreadful piece in the Daily Express last week concerning the possible cancellation of the DVD. I know this because I had lots of emails and telephone calls about it. The article (written by a freelance journalist) was utter rubbish. Kathy has NOT been in hospital recently, and the attributed quotes from both Julie (of Odeon Entertainment) and myself were totally made up. The journalist has alot to answer for, and the newspaper was hardly blameless in not checking the facts and quotes he had written WERE true before going to press.

dave said...

James
I have been away on holiday and I did not know about the newspaper article.I remember there was a photo of Kathy walking in London a few years ago. The press must been following or waiting to pounce.The gutter press!!I hope Kathy makes a good recovery and that she will be ok to film her contribution for her special DVD. Love to Kathy and best wishes to yourself.

James said...

Hi Dave, Kathy is now fine. Unfortunately there are some very unpleasant people about. As soon as the filming is done Murph will announce it on the latest news

Clive said...

Thank you James for updating me on the DVD.
I wish Kathy a speedy and full recovery.
Best wishes
Clive

Linda said...

Hi James,
Could you please tell me why the "gentleman" who runs the other web site (now shown to be utterly inferior), appears to be getting more and more bitter and nasty with everything he posts on his latest news and forums? What is the point? Is there any reasoning behind it? Linda. x

James said...

Hi Linda, it is probably best if I don't comment on your observations. I have had more than enough grief in the past from the gentleman in question. You are in good company though, as the same points have been mentioned to me by other Kathy fans in the past. I would suggest anyone interested in knowing why, should contact him directly.

James said...

It is with sadness that I have to report I have only just heard that Peter Gordeno has recently died.
Peter was picked from the West End Stage by Ernest Maxin, to choreograph the production numbers, and sing along side Kathy in her BBC "The Kathy Kirby Show" series. From there, The Peter Gordeno Dancers featured on virtually every major television variety show for the next twenty years. He also won international acclaim as Capt. Peter Carlin in the cult sci-fi series UFO
Peter Gordeno R.I.P 1939 - 2008

raymond said...

It continues to amaze me that after all this time away from the spotlight,one or two members of the public still wish to hurt Kathy.I hope the journalist who wrote the article feels ashamed,but I doubt it.Thank God for James and John who look out for Kathy. Love Raymond x

Anonymous said...

Having read the articles regarding Kathy and the recording of the new DVD by Odeon Entertainment in the Daily Express a couple of weeks ago, I just want to set this record straight.On day one The Daily Express printed a nasty article pointing out Kathy's long ago troubles and stating the DVD was shelved due to various mental and health issues.Why can't the media move on? We all have our problems.On day 2 the Express printed an altogether more flattering article and indicated all was well with the ongoing production of said DVD.
Just because an article appears in a leading paper does not neccessarily mean it is true.I reiterate that myself and partner spent a wonderful evening with Miss Kirby on her birthday.We had a marvellous time.She was so much fun to be with, the evening flew by.Kathy is charming, genial and as lovely as ever.The Daily Express should speculate elsewhere if it wants to print lurid and hurtful articles.Perhaps if they had met Ms Kirby this fabricated piece of trash may have come out altogether more positive. Maybe it should turn into a "red top" like the Daily Sport".
I say it again and from the HIGHEST HILL. Kathy Kirby is fine.So a word to the U.K. press...Stop knocking a national treasure and move with the times.
Michael and Les.

Anonymous said...

What a lovely site. It is such a pleasure to browse through, and wonderful to think that Kathy is so loved after all these years. My late husband and I were great fans of her TV show and we were lucky to meet her once after the show. She was so nice to us. I have only just found this site, but I know that I shall be coming back soon!!
Keep up the good work.

Sarah Cartwright. (Norwich)

DAVEMAC said...

Hi Kathy,
Just like to say Thank You for the photo. I have it framed and hanging in our Family Room for all to see.
I do hope you enjoyed the video's I put together of you on You Tube. I enjoyed doing them, and I enjoy all the nice comments I get for them. I did it for the love of you, I mean I have been a fan since Stars & Garters. When I hear you sing I am taken back to watching you on TV with my Mum Dad & Brother, whom are no longer with us. Such wonderful memories are brought to the fore. Thank You Kathy.
Look at my video's read the comments, and see you are a very special and wonderful lady.
I do hope you had a lovely Birthday, may you have many more.
Best Regards DAVE MAC

James said...

Kathy is currently signing all the letters acknowledging the many presents she received for her birthday. The kind people that sent them will be receiving the note soon

James said...

Letters signed by Kathy acknowledging the many birthday gifts she received have been posted today. It wasn't possible to respond to all the cards she had as they were in their hundreds. Thanks to everyone.

Dave Barker said...

I felt devastated by the report in a recent article stating that Kathy was suffering from an alcohol related illness and schizophrenia.

If this is true, (which I doubt) I could understand her turning to drink after all she has gone through and now to add insult to injury, there is this two bit play going around trying to portray her.

I wonder what Kathy's real thoughts are of this small scale play that is touring.

I wish Kathy, health, Love & happiness.

Dave Barker

Michael and Les said...

James Harman has informed us that Kathy has now recorded her own contribution to the Odeon Entertainment DVD due for release early 2009.
I would like to say thankyou to Kathy and James and all involved for making sure the real story comes out.This is so exciting.Kathy still moves so many people and she really deserves more recognition and respect.
Good luck to all involved in the final production.All potential viewers will be glad to know Kathy is looking lovely as ever!
Best Wishes,
Michael and Les.

raymond said...

Dear Kathy. Thank you so much for your kind letter, received today. Pleased you liked your birthday gift and card,both purchased with care and love. Thank you James for delivering them for me, you are a good friend. Love Raymond xx

raymond said...

Totally agree with Dave Barker with regards to the newspaper article. Lets face it what right did this person have in the first place to write a story about Kathy,s private and personal life without first checking if it was true or not.You also mention the play Dave, well in my view its the name KATHY KIRBY which draws the public, lets hope Kathy is getting her fair share of the profits.?

Sandra and John said said...

I am sure that Kathy's many fans and admirers will be more than pleased that, as promised, Kathy has filmed her contribution for her D.V.D. This will have confounded her critics, well done Kathy. Kathy is nobodies poodle. She is her own woman and does what she wants to do in her own time at her own pace, ably supported by James and John. I can only now wait in anticipation for the release of the D.V.D. Thankyou Kathy and lots of love. Sandra and John.xx

Dave said...

Great news the Kathy has completed her contribution to her special DVD. Am looking forward to early 2009 for its release.
Hope you are well Kathy,lots of love to you and best wishes to you James.

Trevor Lloyd said...

Hello Kathy,
Paul and I want to thank you for your letter of appreciation after your birthday. We were pleased to hear that you had a good time.
Thanks also to James for acting as delivery man!
We're looking forward to your DVD when it goes out next year. Keep up the good work.

Paul and Trevor x.

James said...

Dave and Raymond, very soon Kathy will be giving her first face to face interview with a journalist for a leading national newspaper for the first time in around 25 years. I am sure she will give her views on the play and lots of other things too. So at least you will have it from Kathy directly. And no Kathy is not receiving any financial gain from the play.

Anonymous said...

Hi Kathy,
We would just like to thank you very very much for the lovely signed photo which you sent us, we will treasure it always.
All our love to you
Phil,Gale And Sarah xxx

Many thanks James for making it possible x

Tony Carter said...

Hi Kathy, Oh, the delight and surprise! Thank you Kathy for the lovely letter. It's nice to know one's words of wisdom, birthday wishes and flowers were appreciated.

I'm very pleased to hear that you had a nice little party afterall and that so many of your enduring fans remembered your milestone birthday. Congratulations!....and thanks again. My little darling you deserve it! Love Tony XXX

Thanks also James for your invaluable and appreciated work as intermediary. Cheers mate!

Dave Barker said...

Dear Kathy, thank you so much for your letter, it is always good to hear from you, and I am pleased you had an enjoyable birthday.
I am pleased you have James as a friend,and it was very kind of him to pass on my card and gift to you. So thank you James for your help.
Love and best wishes Dave Barker x x

Valerie said...

What a fabulous site, I have only just discovered it. It is only what a great singer like Kathy deserves. Merry Christmas to a wonderful icon of British Music.

Cliff said...

Simply the Best. Totally unforgetable.

James said...

Just to say thank you for all the cards and presents that have arrived for Kathy this Christmas. I will be taking them to her this week. Thanks again James

Wendy said...

Merry Christmas to one of my very favourite singers. Kathy you are one of the greatest singers that this Country has ever produced. Love the site - wonderful!

Brian said...

Kathy, I have only just discovered this wonderful website. It is superb, and does true justice to one of the truly great singers ever born. Thank you for your recordings, they have meant so much to me during my lifetime. Forever a fan. Brian

raymond said...

Wishing you a wonderful Christmas Kathy and a very Happy New Year. All the best for the Festive Season to James, John, Odeon Entertainment,and above all to Kathy,s true fan,s Love Raymond xx

Dave said...

Hello Kathy, just to wish you a very happy and wonderful Christmas and a marvellous 2009. Still a fan after 45 years. Lots of love to you.

Davexxxxx

Tom said...

Hello Kathy, a friend mentioned your new website on his Christmas card, so I couldn't wait to take a look! What a joy it is. It is simply a FABULOUS tribute to a GREAT star. The blogs have been a joy to read: no grand-standing or self opinionated statements - just a celebration of your work and career; and that is how it should be. I will be back often. Love to my favourite singer Tom xxx

Jaz said...

Kathy, what a beautiful site to a beautiful star. I am only in my '30s and only discovered your recording work in the past couple of years. What a voice! Only matched by your "Hollywood" looks.
May your God and mine keep you safe. I love you. Thank you for your music. Jaz.

trevor said...

Dear Kathy,
Here's hoping you have a wonderful Christmas and a new year that is filled with happiness and good fortune.

Love from Trevor and Paul xxx.

Yonatan said...

Dear Kathy,
Thanks for wonderful site - and music tracks. I am enjoying!
I remember - perhaps before 1967 - Kathy, you were on tour in Israel and came back to the UK and sang HAVA NAGILA on TV (I think the Palladium)- it was indeed very touching for me. How kind, and brave, that was of you - to sing an Israeli song!
I left the UK in 1967 for Israel as a volunteer and remained - but I haven't forgotten you! Oh no!
Do you know my dear Kathy? It was not only your hits and wonderful singing... it was THAT! YOU: that character of yours - that bubbly you!
Hugs and kisses
Yonatan XX
Thanks gang for making this all possible :-)

Tim said...

What a joy to have discovered this remarkable site. Christmas has certainly come early to me in finding this. Kathy, you are so very special to so many people, as I have discovered reading all the messages on the fabulous blog page. I have always loved you, and now find so many other people do too. Thank you for your music, it has played a massive part of my life Tim xxx

Anonymous said...

Hello Miss Kirby,

this is the most wonderful Time with your brilliant music. Thank you for this.

We all wish you Merry Christmas
and have a Happy New Year!

Thanks also too James, Merry Christmas and good Wishes for New Year!

...justin among friends,

Anonymous said...

Dear Kathy,
We send Season's Greetings and hope that 2009 is very good to you. Many thanks to you for your kindness over the last year.You made 2008 very special to us and your Birthday gathering was a magical highlight!
All the very best to yourself and James as always.
Love from
Les and Michael.

Valerie said...

Oh Kathy, what a wonderful site! You must be so pleased that you are still SO loved. My late husband would have loved seeing it, and hearing your voice as you are today - he absolutely adored you, and listened for hours to your recordings. He often said "there will never be another Kathy Kirby" Thank you for all the pleasure your work gave him. I play your records often now as they brings him close to me again.
That means the world to me. My love and thanks. Valerie xxx

Linda said...

Valerie, I just had to respond and say what a lovely message you left. It was really moving, especially at this time of the year when we think more often of our loved ones. Thank you for sharing this. Linda

Len said...

My Darling Kathy,
what a wonderful new year surprise to have my daughter tell me about this site.
I telephoned James today as he kindly gave me his number, and we had a good chat. Am Glad you are well and happy.
My thanks to John also, who James tells me does so much for you.
Will quote one of my favourite records of yours to close: it says it all:
"Oh Darling How I Miss You".
Len x

Steve said...

Kathy Kirby! What a priceless site! What a wonderful tribute to a great star. How is it that I have never discovered it before?
As an 'old boy' from the States now living here in London; we often used to wonder in the sixties why you never made it 'big' in my own country? Your records were often played on the radio, especially "The Way of Love", and Jesus, when I saw your foto - well it was pure Hollywood glamour! I have since read James Harman's excellent biography on your life, and reading of the mangement problems the reasons become clear. An excellent biography, very sad, I am just glad James and a few other guys are there for you. I have loved the blog page to see how much you have meant to SO MANY people. I will visit here often. No one sings "My Man" like you do Kathy. With love Steve xxx

Anonymous said...

When is the DVD out then?

Martin said...

Hello Kathy, as a young man of 24 I have only just discovered your work. Hope you will not think me ungallant to say that I saw one of your CDs at a car boot sale near my home in Norfolk just before Christmas. Don't worry you were in good company with The Beatles and Elvis amongst others also on sale! Anyway I was intrigued by this gorgeous looking woman on the sleeve so I bought the CD. What I didn't expect was to be totally knocked out by your incredible voice. I have since been searching the web for other recordings, and found this wonderful site devoted to you. By coincidence, my Dad's twin,who long ago emigrated abroad - I don't really remember him that well - has a favourite singer. Guess who? You! Dad told me, and I think it both amused him and made him feel good really. You were and are one truly exceptional singer. With love Martin xxxx

James said...

In response to the enquiry, the DVD is coming out late March/early April. I am sure if you contact Odeon they will give you a more definite release date

kevin said...

Hi Kathy, apart from being one of the most beautiful ladies I have seen, your singing was wonderful - only equally by you bubbly persona.
I enjoyed you singing 'Following in my father's footsteps'-in top hat & tails! I saw you at the Birmingham Odeon & you were fantastic.Really wish you'd make a public appearance again. I wish you love, laughter & happiness in 2009. Kevin.x

Tony said...

I don't have much time for today's 'pop' sounds or indeed the largely extraneous noises purporting to be music which has been produced over the last 40 years or so. So it is perhaps no surprise Kathy that you still retain your popularity - but all the more remarable nevertheless - as a singer who treated each song in an exemplified manner over and above anything imaginable. With your world-class quality and clarity of voice within the realms of popular music, you have no equal.
You are the best in my 'Songbook' anyway.
Love as always to you Kathy.

Tony XXX

Dave Mac said...

Thank You Kathy for the signed photo for our Grandaughter Cherith.
She was taken into Hospital Dec 29 with breathing problems, it was found to be fluid on the lungs. They drained them but as fast as they drained the fluid came back. Over two weeks the fluid they drained was equal to 17 wine bottles. She was airlifted to the Childrens Hospital in Minneapolis some 800miles. She lapsed into a coma and had many strokes which has left her severely brain damaged. She may never walk or talk again, this is so bad for such a sporty girl. She was an 'A' student in all subjects.
I know she did not know about you, but she is such a big fan of the 60's music, mainly The Beatles.
I am hoping your photo and a CD which I put together (using some of your songs from your CD)may help to bring her back.
There is a website set up for her, if you would like to check on her progress.
Go to www.caringbridge.org/visit/cherithgrove
Cherith is only 14, was the joker in the family.
At the last count there was over 80,000 hits.
I Thank You and James for the photo.
Your Friend and Fan Dave Mac...

James said...

Dave, am glad the photograph from Kathy arrived safely.
I am sure that everyone who visits Kathy's site will be moved by your posting.
I hope your Grandaughter makes good progress. Best wishes James

Anonymous said...

Hi Kathy & James
Just found your website....
brought back memories of the London Palladium sometime in the 60s with you Kathy and Arthur Askey on the bill, cannot remember the occasion or date ,i was only young, perhaps you could remind me? Also who else was on the bill?
can only remember your lovely voice , and Arthur doing his buzzy bee bit.......Johnxx

James said...

Hi John, spoke to Kathy about your posting. She did appear in a number of all star charity gala's at the London Palladium, but thinks that maybe the show with Arthur Askey you mentioned, was her summer season at the Theatre Royal, Brighton in 1970. There is a poster of the show in the scrapbook section. Best wishes James

Anonymous said...

Hi Kathy & James
Just to let you know, our Grandaughter Cherith Started to talk yesterday Sunday 15 Feb. After the Doctors said she will never walk or talk.
On Sat there was a small group singing in her room, Cherith's younger sister Annika asked Cherith sing La! Cherith sang La! in perfect pitch. Her Dad said that was a million dollar note.
Then on Sunday Cherith's Mum asked Annika see if Cherith can say "Mama". Annika said "Cherith say Mama". So Cherith's first word since the end of December, and for the second time in her life was "Mama".
She said everyone's name in the room.
We are so happy, we do not know shall we laugh, cry or what!
Maybe the photo of Kathy & the CD I put together of Kathy's songs 'Dance On' & 'Make Someone Happy', had some part in this miracle. You have made us Happy, so "My Thanks To You", Kathy you helped this 14 year old girl in a Minneapolis Childrens Hospital.
I will let you know when Cherith starts walking, but if she cannot walk she can communicate.
Thank You so very much Kathy.
Your Friend & Fan
Dave Mac

Tony said...

Hi Kathy, A fanciful poem which I'm sure reflects the desire and admiration shared by all of your fans and could have been written by any of them...

Oh to share the dance with you
If to dream ahead the queue
To dance as one, in love us two
Time is still till morning dew
On cloud nine, in mid-air
As if the dance floor isn't there!

I know Tony, don't give up the proverbial day-job!

Trevor Lloyd said...

After reading the interesting piece about Kathy in the 'Express' on Sunday I now can't wait for the new CD and DVD to appear. As it is now very close to Kathy's birthday I would like to wish her a very happy day, send her all my love for tomorrow and hope that she will continue in good health.
And, thanks again to James for all he has done to help.
Trevor