Lulu's Musical Map Of Glasgow



Lulu embarks on a musical tour of her hometown of Glasgow ahead of the Commonwealth Games and to celebrate her half-century in music.

She returns to the streets where her career began, where her earliest musical memory was singing 'In A Golden Coach' during the Queen's Coronation on her father's shoulders, aged four.

Born Marie McDonald McLaughlin Lawrie, Lulu paints a vivid picture of her working class upbringing in Dennistoun. "We were a tribe. We were loyal to each other. We stood by each other. We'd die for each other. Glasgow was my whole world. This town made me who I am."

If 50s and 60s Glasgow was hard-edged and violent, it was also full of music. "The fact that I was born in Glasgow was a great gift because I was able to hear a lot of American music here very early on."

She recalls listening to Chess Records, Otis Redding and early Aretha Franklin. "Outside Glasgow, they had American airbases and I used to sing there at the weekend. They had these big old jukeboxes and I used to stand there playing all the music. You could get a hold of records from Americans who brought them to our shores."

Lulu was known about town as the small girl with a big voice and big hairdo. She shares her experiences of making her first recording in a record shop in Glasgow aged eight (a cover of Tommy Edward's All In The Game) and honing her powerful voice on Glasgow's talent show circuit.

She returns to the Barrowland Ballroom, one of the city's most celebrated surviving music venues, where she sang with The Gleneagles, who would later become Lulu and the Luvvers.

Lulu tells the story of how she begged her mother when she was 13 to see the charismatic Glasgow bandleader Alex Harvey perform in a local club. There, she heard 'Shout' for the first time, the song that would later launch her into the charts.

Returning home for Lulu - who now lives in London - is a nostalgic experience. "Glasgow was my whole world. This town made me who I am."

With Glasgow broadcaster John Cavanagh.