The recipient of an OBE (Order of the British Empire), in 2001, for her "service to music and drama," Barbara Dickson has successfully balanced careers in music and musical theater. A top recording artist in the 1970s, when she recorded such hits as "Answer Me" and "Morning Comes Quickly", she scored with two chart-topping hits — January, February" and a duet with Elaine Paige, "I Know Him So Well", in the 1980s. Her 1982 album, All For A Song sold more than six hundred thousand copies and remained on the British charts for more than a year. In the 1990s, she recorded an album of Dylan songs, "Don't Think Twice It's Alright and an album of traditional tunes from the Celtic Isles, Parcel of Rogues. She remains active, releasing a double CD, For The Record, featuring live tracks and greatest hit, in 2002.
Dickson has been equally impressive as an actress. Making her debut in Willy Russell's musical, John, Paul, George Ringo….And Bert, in 1974, she continued with the show as it went from Liverpool's Everyman Theater to London's West End. Continuing to work with Russell, Dickson received a Society of West End Theater award as "best actress in a musical" for her appearance in his production, Blood Brothers.
Returning to theater, after a long hiatus, in late-1997, Dickson agreed to appear in a new production by Chris Bond, the director of Blood Brothers, The Seven Ages of Woman, that premiered at the Liverpool Playhouse. She received a "best actress in theater award, from Liverpool Echo Arts and Entertainment for his efforts.
Dickson has continue to garner acclaim. She received the Laurence Olivier award and Variety Club of Great Britain show business award as "best actor in a musical".
The daughter of a policeman-turned-dock worker, Dickson played the piano from the age of five. She began to play the guitar seven years later. Determined to become a musician, she moved to Edinburgh the age of seventee. Supporting herself with a job at the Registrar's Office, she spent most nights performing in folk clubs.
Moving to Edinburgh, at the age of seventeen, Dickson played in folk music clubs, while supporting herself with a registrar's office clerk's position, by day. Committing her full time energy to music, Dickson moved to London. Shortly afterwards, she was invited to appear in John, Paul, George, Ringo….And Best. The role became the break that launched a career that continues to reverberate.