The sounds of the Swingin’ Sixties

Annika Rands new 60s show - as Dusty

Annika Rands new 60s show - as Dusty - Credit: Archant

Annika’s new live show is a tribute to Cilla and Dusty

Annika Rands, 60s show

Annika Rands, 60s show - Credit: Archant

Professional entertainer Annika Rands wasn’t even born in the Swingin’ Sixties,

But she knows the music of the Beatles, Cilla Black, Dusty Springfield, Lulu and the rest through her mum and dad in Ipswich and their own love of music.

Now Ipswich-based Annika is celebrating the sounds of the Sixties in her latest stage show, which includes tributes to Dusty Springfield and the late, great Cilla Black.

She said:“I have always included a few Sixties songs in my show, like Shout and Beatles songs, and I get a lot of requests for them.

Annika Rands new 60s show, as Cilla

Annika Rands new 60s show, as Cilla - Credit: Archant

“It really seemed a nice thing to do.

“I tried it out in some old folks’ homes and now I have the first bookings.”

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Liverpool lass Cilla Black become a national icon as a host of televisions shows but was a pop star in her earlier days, with hits like Anyone Who Had A Heart, Step Inside Love and Alfie.

Dusty Springfield was also a Top Ten star with songs like Wishin’ and Hopin’, The Look Of Love and You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me.

Annika said: “Everybody knows some Sixites songs, like Shout and Do You Love Me?

“But the Cilla songs were completely unknown to me. Her later career overshadowed her music.

“Now I know a lot more.”

Annika is planning a special charity show, on Saturday June 4, at Newton Road Conservative Club in Ipswich.

Sixties fancy dress is optional, she said

Tickets in advance cost £10, and include cheese and biscuits, and a donation to Somersham (cancer treatment) ward at Ipswich Hospital.

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