Thursday, October 7, 2010

Winifred Atwell

Winifred Atwell was a hugely popular star in Australia in the 1950s, everybody knew her. She was also a very talented musician and performer. I was lucky to get these candid snaps of her, some of them are on my website, but these are not.

Winfred's father was a pharmacist and she was supposed to follow the family path, but she was lured by music and succumbed to its siren song.

She played in the US, studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London and wowed them with her boogie tunes in the clubs there. She headlined the Palladium and the music charts, and finally came to Australia to stay.

Above is a signed copy of a programme from Chequers in Sydney. In the pages of the programme she is asked a series of questions one of them is,

"What do you hate?"

She answers

"Colour prejudice and new shoes."

Winifred Atwell died in 1983 in Sydney.

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