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- April 08, 1974
- Vol. 1
- No. 6
Maggie Bell, winner of the leading British rock rag's poll as "Best Female Singer" an unprecedented two years in a row, obviously did not have to undertake her just-completed American tour to drum up a following. She traveled Stateside to claim from American critics her rightful legacy as the most sensational white blues singer since Janis Joplin.
Maggie, the 29-year-old daughter of a widowed waitress, discovered music as a tambourine-rattling 5-year-old in a Salvation Army street band in her native Glasgow. First noticed as the gutsy vocalist in the briefly popular Scottish rock act Stone the Crows, Maggie's career went into a tailspin when her fiance Les Harvey, the group's lead guitarist, was electrocuted by touching a faultily wired microphone during a British concert in 1972. Maggie, awaiting her entrance, was watching in the wings. The band broke up shortly thereafter. "It's a funny thing to explain," Maggie remembers, "but I died when Les died. And then I experienced a rebirth. I knew that I really had to go on singing." Her first two stabs at a solo recording failed to measure up to her own musical standards. Undaunted, she tried again. The result—just released to unqualified raves—is called Queen of the Night. But for Maggie Bell it's really the dawn's early rays.
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