Two albums: Sing Children Sing (1971) & Earth Mother (1972) plus 6 bonus tracks. RPM.
One of Britain’s first ever female singer songwriters, with her debut and second albums from the early 1970’s , who paid her dues singing backing vocals during the 1960’s. Lesley was signed as a writer in 1963 and had covers of songs by the likes of The Swinging Blue Jeans, The Walker Brothers, Dusty Springfield, and in 1970 ‘Love Song’ was recorded by Elton John for his Tumbleweed Connection LP.
She honed her craft singing on sessions and performing live show backing vocals throughout the 1960s, notably behind Dusty Springfield. Lesley can be heard loud and clear on ‘In The Middle Of Nowhere’, and seen on vintage footage in shows with Dusty alongside Madeline Bell and Kiki Dee. Lesley also sang on stage behind Elton John in 1970 and in return Elton played piano on tracks for Lesley’s own Sing Children Sing LP.
Disc 1 is Lesley’s debut LP from 1971, Sing Children Sing - a reflection of the prevailing US sound recast as a British singer-songwriter. Whilst on Disc 2 the second LP Earth Mother, released in 1972, is more brooding and concerned with the state of the world. Both entirely written by Lesley. Both with shades of contemporaries Carole King, Laura Nyro, Judee Sill.
Four of the bonus tracks are on CD for the first time. Here are three early versions from 1968/1969 of songs later re-recorded on the LPs, including her first version of ‘Love Song’ which inspired Elton John to record his version. This was b-side to a towering almost theatrical Richard Hewson arranged version of Carole King’s ‘A Road To Nowhere’.