Listen live online and on 1386am. We are a hospital community radio station for Clatterbridge Health Park, Wirral, UK.
Kiki Dee’s slow dance with our man Steve
August 28, 2016
Radio Clatterbridge presenter Steve Lord has revealed how Kiki Dee asked him to dance during a recent performance.
Steve, who was there to record an interview for a Sensational 70s special as part of the Radio Clatterbridge Presents strand, says she left him in a daze.
Kiki sought out Steve for the slow dance during a four-minute instrumental break in one of her songs.
She made a beeline for Steve and wife Louise after the show to apologise and ended up inviting them to one of her upcoming shows.
“I was in a bit of daze, thinking here I am dancing with legend Kiki Dee during her show! She could tell I was a bit nervous and then, with a minute to go, she told me we had to go for a big finish, then take a bow at the end.”– Steve Lord, presenter
The Bradford-born artist got her first record deal when she was 16, singing back-up vocals for Dusty Springfield and on The Love Affair’s Everlasting Love.
But she revealed how her first record company wanted her to have a slightly different stage name.
“They wanted to call me Kinky Dee. I said to my dad ‘I want to be singing in five years, I don’t want to be called Kinky because it’s not going to work’… little knowing I’d still be called Kiki after 40 years!” – Kiki Dee
Kiki was the first white singer to be signed to Motown, meeting Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye during her time recording in Detroit.
She was introduced to Elton John in the early 1970s and they worked together a number of times, including on the number one Don’t Go Breaking My Heart and top five hit True Love.
Kiki’s tour of small venues across the UK with musical partner Carmelo Luggeri begins this autumn.