Classic '67 pop-soul debut from Blue Mink chanteuse and friend of Dusty

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Madeline Bell – Bell’s A Poppin’

Most famous as an advert-friendly session singer (she’s voiced commercials for Brooke Bond and British Gas), Madeline Bell’s debut is nonetheless a lost classic of swoony period pop-soul. Moving to London from her native New Jersey in the early ’60s, Bell worked as a backing singer?most notably for Dusty Springfield?before cutting a handful of sides of Dionne Warwick-style tear-stained soul balladry. Featuring northern soul staple “Picture Me Gone” and the St Etienne-sampled “I Can’t Wait To See My Baby’s Face”, Bell’s A Poppin’ is affecting enough to save Bell’s reputation after recent outings cameoing on Boyzone albums and hawking Big Macs.