Brief History (Courtesy of the Artist’s site, 2005).
Lena was born and educated in Glasgow Scotland. She started singing aged eleven with her older brother Allan’s band. Allan played keyboards, alto saxophone and clarinet. He also wrote all the musical arrangements for the band and, being an electrical engineer, he also made most the speakers and amplifiers required.
Tragically Allan was killed in a road accident aged twenty two. Lena was devastated but decided to continue with her singing career as a tribute to her brother and all that he had taught her. Since then Lena has recorded over thirty albums, had her own BBC network TV show with twelve and a half million viewers, over a ten year period on Saturday nights. Lena was British TV personality four consecutive years, has silver, gold and platinum discs, has played on Broadway, London’s West End in musicals and a sell out season at The London Palladium where her box office matched Shirley Maclaine and Bette Middler. Lena was delighted as she admires both these entertainers. Lena also played Las Vegas and has performed at most of the concerts halls around the world.
During the last seven years Lena has taken time out to care for her mother who had Alzheimer ’s disease. She wanted to spend as much time as possible with her mother, and did so until her death in 2001. Since then Lena has spent a lot of time in the recording studio working on new projects. Her latest album is a double CD, forty tracks called “Lena Martell, The Ultimate Collection” which has just entered the charts this week. This album along with other albums and DVD’s will be available to purchase directly from this web site soon.
Lena won an entry into the Guinness Book of World Records in 1979/80 by being the first Scottish female singer to have the biggest selling single “One day at a Time” staying in the charts for 36 weeks and five weeks at Number One in four countries.
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