Born in 1935 in Hull, Patricia Bredin entered the history books in 1957 when she became Britain’s first ever representative in the Eurovision Song Contest, performing the song “All”. At one minute and 52 seconds long, it remains the contest’s shortest ever entry, and was also the first ever entry sung in the English language.
No studio recording of the song was ever made, though the original Eurovision footage survives (see below).
Patricia would go on to enjoy a successful acting career, appearing alongside Sid James in Desert Mice and fellow Hull-born actor Ian Carmichael in Left Right And Centre. She also appeared on Broadway, taking over from Julie Andrews as Guinevere in Camelot.
Her only other foray into the music industry was the 1959 Top Rank single, “Till The Right Time Comes”, which didn’t trouble the music charts of the day.
Patricia is now retired.
(Hull Music Archive)
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Till The Right Time Comes / I Live To Love You (7″) – Top Rank, December 1959