Lesley Duncan


Elton John, Pink Floyd collaborator Lesley Duncan dies

Duncan had been suffering from cerebrovascular disease
March 15, 2010

Singer/songwriter and Elton John and Pink Floyd collaborator Lesley Duncan has died aged 66.

Duncan passed away on Friday (March 12) aged 66 after suffering from cerebrovascular disease.

As well as carving out her own career in the mid-'60s following a move from her native Stockton-On-Tees to London, Duncan performed vocals on Elton John's album 'Madman Across The Water', Pink Floyd's 'The Dark Side Of The Moon' and Ringo Starr's 'Goodnight Vienna'.

Duncan also worked with Dusty Springfield, while John recorded a version of her song 'Love Song' for his 1970 album 'Tumbleweed Connection', which she contributed vocals too (listen to it below).

The singer went on to release the albums 'Everything Changes' in 1974, 'Moonbathing' in 1975 and 1977's 'Maybe It's Lost'.


Famous musicians pay tribute to singer

Tributes have been paid to a singer songwriter who recorded alongside musical giants including Pink Floyd, Dusty Springfield and Ringo Starr.

Most residents on the isle of Mull were unaware of the musical past of Lesley Cox, formerly Duncan, which emerged after the 66-year-old died last Friday.

Her career took off in 1970 when Sir Elton John recorded her "Love Song" on his album, Tumbleweed Connection.

Sir Elton sent a floral tribute and David Bowie also sent his condolences.

The mother-of-two will be remembered as one of Britain's top session singers.

Her vocals are on Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon album, on Sir Elton's Madman Across the Water LP and she can also be heard in the chorus of the Jesus Christ Superstar album.

On her own 1971 album, Sing Children Sing, Sir Elton can be heard playing piano, Chris Spedding is on guitar and Pentangle's Terry Cox is on drums.

But on Mull, few locals knew about her past.

Councillor Gordon Chalmers said: "I am sure that there were only a few people who knew about it.

"She was so self effacing about it, she would never say that she had met all these people and been to all these places.

"She kept it to herself, she never advertised the fact, I don't think she was widely known in the community for her music work, she was not a publicity seeker, she was just the wee woman who did her garden at Aros Lodge."

Mrs Cox's husband, Tony, said the couple moved to Mull 13 years ago.

"She was a very popular figure in Tobermory but I think few people knew about her career, she was popular for being a cheerful, smiling person," he said.

"After a private burial we will be celebrating her life and music."

ブリティッシュ・ロックの名脇役という感じ。勿論、レスリー・ダンカンという名前は知っていたし、ピンク・フロイドDark Side of the Moonに参加していたということは知っていた。但し、最初片仮名で名前だけ見たときは男だと思ったということはあったが(orz)。でも、1970年代の日本で彼女のレコードを手にする機会はあまりなく、(私にとっては)名前だけは知っている有名人という感じだった。
Dark Side of the Moon

Dark Side of the Moon