Seeing her at BB King's in New York City last night, she professed her love for R&B and early rock and roll and ultimately did her heroes proud.
Performing such classics as Ray Charles' Unchain My Heart, The Isley Brothers' Shout and Otis Redding's Can't Turn You Loose the 69 year old grandmother sure didn't sound like one- she belted out those numbers including her version of I Don't Want To Fight which she co-wrote and Tina Turner recorded, in a gritty, powerful voice that was a revelation to this old school R&B buff.
To say I was impressed and a wee bit surprised would be an understatement.
The tiny dynamo energetically worked the stage in her sizzling 75 or so minute set performing many of her hits such as I Could Never Miss You, The Boat That I Row, Oh Me Oh My and, of course, To Sir With Love which surprisingly had a rock edge to it. She also performed her number one British hit, The Man Who Sold The World in a tribute to Bowie, who she recorded it with. There were also a couple of excellent Bee Gees covers and she shared tales of her marriage to Maurice Gibb and her amazing life and times. Her belting out of The Man With The Golden Gun was also a show highlight.
Clearly this New York gig meant a great deal to her as family flew in for the show and the packed venue had a major event feel to it.
Bravo to the ageless Lulu who won me over in my memorable first time ever seeing her live.
Steve Ludwig, who attended the show, will be discussing and playing Lulu on his 1PM British Invasion show this Sunday June 4th at www.villageconnectionradio.com.