VALERIE MASTERS

Celebrating Valerie's extensive music and stage career

VALERIE'S T.V APPEARANCES

Valerie appeared on many television shows over the years, and listed below are just some of them from the 1950s to the 1980s:-

Russ Abbott's Saturday Madhouse (1982): (Valerie in two episodes)

Secret Army - Drama Series with Valerie as a singer (1979)

Seaside Special- Variety & music show (1978)

International Cabaret- Television Series (1978)

The Golden Shot- Quiz Show  (1969) : ( Valerie in three episodes)

Thank Your Lucky Stars  (1961, 1962, 1963, 1966)- (Four episodes)

Glamour - Television Series  (1965)

All that Jazz - Television Series (1962)

Young at Heart - Television Show (1960) : (Eight episodes as co-host)

Find the Singer - Television Series (1959)

Six-Five Special - 50s Cult Music Show  (1958) : (Two episodes)

Sing along with Joe - Television Series (ABC Television) (1960s)

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BELOW : VALERIE ON "SING ALONG WITH JOE" TELEVISION SERIES:

Before the advent of radio microphones, Valerie is singing and wearing a breast microphone with cable on this rare photograph from the Joe Henderson television series. Joe's programme went out on Sunday afternoon television.

(Joe is Joe "Mr Piano" Henderson)

 

VALERIE AT THE NEWCASTLE EMPIRE, JUNE, 1960

Here are some pictures and a programme entry for Valerie's appearance at the Newcastle Empire, in June, 1960 on the Anthony Newley Show. Note that Valerie is billed as a "Glamorous Singing Personality", which describes Valerie when she was just twenty years of age!

RECOLLECTIONS AND MEMORIES

Here are some recollections of Valerie from people who remember her, or knew her from her work on stage or in television.

I can recall Valerie being on Television and Radio many times during the 1960s, in shows such as "Saturday Club" and "Easy Beat" on the Light Programme, and "Young at Heart" on Tyne Tees Television. She also had a show on Radio Luxembourg, on 208 metres medium wave, which was essential listening in the early 1960s, when there were few stations that played popular music. Valerie's records were played a great deal on radio, including "African Waltz", "I got rhythm" and "Christmas Calling".  Unfortunately, Christmas Calling although a great record, was eclipsed by many other Christmas records in 1964, despite the fact that it was produced by Joe Meek. It remains today a very happy and up-tempo Christmas record, and is one of Valerie's finest recordings.

Valerie's records were all well-produced, and all had an excellent instrumental sound and great backing vocals. "Birmingham Rag", "Sweeter as the day goes by", "Next train out", "Say hello" and "Oh Gee" are five particularly good examples of Valerie's vocal talents.

Some recollections of Valerie and her amazing music can be found below. Many thanks to the people below who have sent in these great memories of Valerie. I'm sure that Valerie will appreciate these very positive comments.

Here are a couple of interesting facts about Valerie:

Valerie's Great Great Grandmother appeared on stage with the world-renowned Sarah Bernhardt; Valerie's Grandmother was a well-known music hall soubrette; Valerie's Grandfather was a Theatrical Agent.

Please also see the Visitors' Book for more memories.

BELOW: A GREAT PUBLICITY PHOTO OF VALERIE FROM 1960:-

BELOW:  VALERIE MASTERS ARTICLE,  ALONG WITH LORIE MANN:-

MABEL CORRAN

Caroline has written and advised that her Grandmother, Mabel Corran, remembers Valerie very well, and wonders if Valerie remembers her. 

JACQUELINE CROOKS (Nee  JACQUELINE MASTERS,  VALERIE'S SISTER)

Here are some excellent memories of Valerie, kindly sent in by Jacqueline, who is Valerie's sister. In particular, Jacqueline remembers playing Valerie's records on her Dansette record player, pictured below. Very many thanks to Jacqueline for sending these special memories of Valerie and her records:-

"I have just discovered your site which is about my sister Valerie Masters. Valerie has always been a wonderful role model for me and I have very fond memories of watching her on t v and listening to the radio when she was on. Sunday mornings were joyful times as our mother would get out the Dansette record player and put all Valerie's records on at full volume!! She is still a very glamorous person and leads a very busy life designing beautiful bridal headwear and has also been commisioned by t v stars and sports personalities to make special headwear and her tiaras have even been worn at Wimbledon!!

I hope this may be of interest to you."

Jacqueline Crooks. ( nee Masters)

ANNETTE LEAR

Carol has advised that her Mother, Annette Lear, who is 84 and a Soprano singer, remembers working with Valerie, and speaks very highly of Valerie. They worked together in the "Stairway to the Stars" production at Poplar Town Hall.

KEN MORTIMER

Ken has been a huge admirer of Valerie's music for many years, and has all of her records.

BRIAN TUCKER

Brian met Valerie in 1958 whilst Valerie was on Hastings pier, before her show with Ray Ellington. Brian says that he always remembers Valerie from that special meeting. Many thanks to Brian for his special memory!

HINTON SHERYN

Here are some words of praise from Hinton about Valerie, when she was in a show with Grace Kennedy at "The Talk of the Town":-

"I met Valerie, backstage at the Talk of The Town, when Valerie was in a show with Grace Kennedy, I went to meet up with the band's drummer Clem Cattini. Valerie and I did keep in touch for a few years, but then we lost contact, probably much to do with me moving house/location. However, I have never forgotten just what a lovely lady she was, and as someone who knew Joe Meek, well, I still feel, even in her retirement, that I would very much like to get back in contact with Valerie, if that is possible, please. I live in Plymouth, Devon.. I'm on Facebook, and my name is:-
 Mr  Hinton Sheryn.   Very Best Wishes..  Always to Valerie XXX from Hinton"

 

FARLEY DAVID

Many thanks to Farley, who is Valerie's cousin, for contacting the site, and for adding such positive comments. I am very grateful for all of your help, Farley, and I am very pleased to know that Valerie likes the site.

BELOW:  AN ARTICLE ABOUT VALERIE'S VERY EARLY CAREER!

JULIA FROM VALERIE'S BUSINESS

Here are some wonderful memories from Julia, who worked with Valerie and her family at Irresistible Headdresses, and thank you again, Julia, for your positive memories of Valerie! 

"I worked for Valerie at Irresistible Headdresses for 6 1/2 years and got to know her, Gillian and Tony very well. I loved it there, we had so much fun and laughter. Every day brought something new to laugh about and we would have singing sessions whilst working. Valerie can still sing beautifully and I always enjoyed listening to her. She is a lovely, good hearted, generous lady (a beautiful cook too!) and I miss her loads. We are hoping to meet up very soon as I haven't seen her for a while."  

 

JULIE RAYNE, VOCALIST OF THE 50s and 60s

Here is a memory from vocalist Julie Rayne, from when she sang with Valerie at the Albert Hall:-

"Later, Valerie Masters and I did a duet on the BBC Big Band Show at the Albert Hall. In a medley, we were supposed to follow Frank Ifield, who had had to write the lyrics of his own song, “Smile”, on his hand. Unfortunately the ink smudged so Frank didn’t know his song and could only keep repeating the one word “smile” throughout. This caused a certain amount of musical chaos, not just for the band but also for us. As we had only a one chord bridge between his song and ours, we were scared we’d miss our cue. I remember Valerie and I holding hands for support as we crept forward. Fortunately, we were spot-on and rescued the segment."

What a great memory, and thanks to Julie for this!  Below: One of Julie's great songs on sheet music.