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Alma Cogan

(1932-1966), Singer

Sitter in 12 portraits
The only British female to top the charts in the 1950s. Alma Cogan had a total of eighteen chart entries, was known as the 'gal with the giggle in her voice' and was famed for her glamorous style. First charted with Bell Bottom Blues (1954). Other major hits include I Can't Tell a Waltz from a Tango (1954) and Never do a Tango with an Eskimo, which also became a hit in Iceland (December 1955). Once engaged to the composer Lionel Bart who cast Cogan in Oliver!. Her friendship with the Beatles led to Paul McCartney playing on one of her singles. Cogan died aged thirty-four in 1966 after a brief illness.

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Jimmy Edwards; Alma Cogan, by Herbert K. Nolan - NPG x24191

Jimmy Edwards; Alma Cogan

by Herbert K. Nolan
semi-matte bromide print, November 1953
NPG x24191

Alma Cogan, by Planet News - NPG x184113

Alma Cogan

by Planet News
bromide press print, December 1954
NPG x184113

Eric Morecambe; Alma Cogan; Ernie Wise, by Planet News - NPG x184328

Eric Morecambe; Alma Cogan; Ernie Wise

by Planet News
bromide press print, April 1954
NPG x184328

Alma Cogan, by Derek Allen - NPG x45659

Alma Cogan

by Derek Allen
modern bromide print from original negative, 1956
NPG x45659

Harry Hammond; Alma Cogan, by Harry Hammond - NPG x15522

Harry Hammond; Alma Cogan

by Harry Hammond
bromide print, 1957
NPG x15522

Alma Cogan, by Vivienne - NPG x87915

Alma Cogan

by Vivienne
vintage bromide print, 1960-1965
NPG x87915

Alma Cogan, by Vivienne - NPG x87916

Alma Cogan

by Vivienne
vintage bromide print, 1960-1965
NPG x87916

Alma Cogan; Lionel Bart, by Harry Hammond - NPG x15515

Alma Cogan; Lionel Bart

by Harry Hammond
bromide print, 1960
NPG x15515

Alma Cogan, by Bob Collins - NPG x136356

Alma Cogan

by Bob Collins
vintage print, 1963
NPG x136356

Alma Cogan, by Bob Collins - NPG x136454

Alma Cogan

by Bob Collins
bromide print, 1963
NPG x136454

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Alma Cogan

by Fox Photos Ltd
bromide press print, 14 February 1956
NPG x184114


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