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Anita Harris

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Anita Harris is known as an all-round entertainer, singing, acting, and dancing all part of her repertoire. Sharing musical arranger Kenny Clayton with Petula Clark, her clear vocal quality invited comparisons with Clark and other top female singers from the mid- to late '50s. She was born on June 3, 1942, in Midsomer Norton, Somerset, and began her show business career as soon as she had left school, traveling to Las Vegas to train in choreographed skating. Her first professional engagement, however, was a singer with the easy listening vocal ensemble the Cliff Adams Singers, who enjoyed an extended run on BBC radio with the program Sing Something Simple, a selection of mainly MOR ballads and show tunes that ran from 1959 through to the death of its creator, Cliff Adams, in 2001. She made her debut on record backed by the John Barry Seven, but the single, a double A-side of "I Haven't Got You" and "Mr One And Only," was not a success. Moving into acting, she became famous for very cheeky performances in two of the Carry On films, particularly Carry on Doctor and Follow That Camel, both from 1967. This was her peak year for chart activity too as her friend Dusty Springfield provided her with a hit single written by her brother Tom, "Just Loving You," which peaked at number six. Two further singles were released, both cover versions of the songs "Anniversary Waltz" and "Dream a Little Dream of Me." Her one and only visit to the album charts was with the album also called Just Loving You, which hit number 29 early in 1968. In the 1970s, she appeared on various television programs, including The Morecambe & Wise Show, and she also co-hosted the David Nixon Magic Show and was still appearing as herself on programs up to 2001, notably Boom Boom: The Best of the Original Basil Brush Show, French & Saunders, and Bob Monkhouse: A BAFTA Tribute. ~ Sharon Mawer

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