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Evelyn Dove Bio
|Evelyn Mary Dove was born on 11th January 1902 and died on 7th March 1987. She was a Black British cabaret, jazz singer and actress, who early in her career drew comparisons with Josephine Baker of West African and English parentage. Dove built a solid reputation in Britain through her work with the BBC in the 1940s, and also performed internationally, travelling to France, Germany, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, Hungary, the United States, India, and Spain.|
|Evelyn Dove Born||11 January 1902 London, England|
|Evelyn Dove Died||7 March 1987 (aged 85) Epsom, Surrey, England|
|Evelyn Dove Cause of Death||Pneumonia|
|Evelyn Dove Nationality||British|
|Other names||Norma Winchester|
|Evelyn Dove Husband(s)||William Newton Brantley (m.1958 – 1987 )
Felix John Basil Inglis Allen (m.1941-?)
Milton Alphonso Luke (1919-?)
|Evelyn Dove Parent(s)||Francis “Frans” Dove
|Evelyn Dove Relatives||Frank Dove (brother)|
|Evelyn Dove Google Doodle||On Friday, 11th January 2019; Google celebrates the life and legacy of British star Evelyn Dove with a Doodle on her 117th Birthday Anniversary.|
Evelyn Dove Family background
Evelyn Mary Dove was born at the Lying-in Hospital, Endell Street, London. Her parents were a leading Sierra Leonean barrister Francis (Frans) Dove (1869–1949) and his English first wife Augusta, née Winchester, from whom he was later divorced. Evelyn’s older brother Frank Dove, who studied law at Oxford University, in 1915 was called up by the British army and fought at the Battle of Cambrai. For his involvement in the batter, he was awarded the Military Medal.
Evelyn Dove Early Music Career Life
Dove studied singing, piano, and elocution at the Royal Academy of Music from 1917 until 1919. Following her graduation, on 27th September 1919, Milton Alphonso Luke married her in London. In the early 1920s, the all-Black jazz revues that were popular in America were being recreated in Europe. Author, Howard Rye records that she was using the name “Norma Winchester” when she became a member of the Southern Syncopated Orchestra (SSO), a band composed of British West Indian and West African and American musicians who were popularising black music on the UK club scene.
Dove was on the sail with the band on 9 October 1921 on the SS Rowan from Glasgow to Dublin when their ship accidentally collided with another and eight or nine members of the SSO were among the 35 passengers who died when the Rowan sank. Dove and other SSO members such as Cyril Blake who survived the disaster took part on 14 October in the “Survivors Sacred Concert”.
Dove joined the cast, in 1925 the all-Black revue Chocolate Kiddies tour in Europe from New York. She was replacing Lottie Gee, who had to return to the US, and the show toured western Europe for a year, before going to Russia to play in Leningrad and Moscow. Among the audience was Stalin who has researched and written about Dove for the Dictionary of National Biography and elsewhere. Dove’s career burgeoned internationally in the 1920s and ’30s. In June 1926, she was performing at London’s Mile End Empire, five months later, Evelyn Dove and Her Plantation Creoles – “the only singing and dancing act of its kind in Europe” – appeared at Wintergarten in Berlin, and her revue appeared in the Netherlands in February 1927. She, later on, went to France to replace Josephine Baker starring in a revue at the Casino de Paris. In 1936, she went to the US, appearing in cabaret at the famous Harlem nightclub Connie’s Inn. In New York, she was photographed by the celebrated photographer Carl Van Vechten.
Her music tours also took her to Bombay, India, where on 7th October 1937 The Evening News of India reviewed her opening night performance at the Harbour Bar: “She is an artist of international reputation, one of the leading personalities of Europe’s entertainment world. Dove is described as the closest rival of the great Josephine Baker herself. In her performances, she didn’t get just the big hand; she got an ovation, a roaring welcome.”
Evelyn Dove BBC (1939–49)
1939 to 1949 marked the height of Dove’s career when she did much notable radio work as a broadcaster with the BBC. She appeared regularly on popular music and various radio programmes as Rhapsody in Black, Calling the West Indies, Variety Bandbox, Music For You, Caribbean Carnival, and Mississippi Nights. Her most successful was the series Serenade in Sepia (1945–47), for which she made more than 50 broadcasts with Trinidadian folk-singer Edric Connor, attracting so many listeners that the BBC decided to make a television version.
In 1947 Dove and Connor – along with other artists including Mable Lee, Cyril Blake and his Buddy Bradley, Calypso Band, Adelaide Hall and Winifred Atwell performed in Variety in Sepia, an early example of a UK television special dedicated to Black talent, which was filmed live on 7th October 1947 at the RadiOlympia Theatre, Alexandra Palace, London, and aired on BBC TV.
Evelyn Dove Later career and Decline
When Dove left the BBC in 1949, she worked in cabaret in India, Paris, and Spain. Upon her return to Britain at the end of 1950, as Stephen Bourne has written, she struggled to find work, “though she did appear in the cast of London Melody with ice-skater Belita and comedian Norman Wisdom at London’s Empress Hall in 1951. Despite her experience and talent, she found herself understudying Muriel Smith in the role of Bloody Mary in the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical South Pacific at Drury Lane.”
In 1955, her search for work led her to apply for a job as a Post Office telephonist, asking the BBC for a reference. In 1956 the BBC cast her as Eartha Kitt’s mother in a television drama called Mrs Patterson, and more television work followed, and then a role on the West End musical stage, as one of the stars of Langston Hughes’s Simply Heavenly, directed by Laurence Harvey. Bourne notes that another cast member was Isabelle Lucas, who later recalled: “We became friends, but Evelyn’s life took a bad turn. Her reputation as a singer faded, and she became very ill. She lost contact with her family. Her spirit was broken.”
Evelyn Dove Death and Cause
Evelyn Dove died of pneumonia at Horton Hospital in Epsom, Surrey, aged 84, on 7th March 1987, registered as “Evelyn Dove, otherwise Brantley.” As at the time of her death, she had married her third husband William Newton Brantley, in 1958, having previously been married to Felix John Basil Inglis Allen in 1941.
Evelyn Dove Google Doodle
On Friday, 11th January 2019; Google celebrates the life and legacy of British star Evelyn Dove, a classically trained singer, pianist, and actress known for her powerful vocals and glamorous image with a Doodle on her 117th Birthday Anniversary.
Evelyn Dove Featured Publications
On 18 September 1993, Moira Stuart featured Evelyn Dove in Salutations, a BBC Radio 2 series celebrating black British and British-based musical entertainers who came to fame between the 1930s and 1950s.
A Stephen Bourne biography entitled Evelyn Dove: Britain’s Black Cabaret Queen was published in October 2016.