Marian Davies - Biography
By Gary P. Rose
Marian Davies was born on 23rd November 1940 in Cynant, near Neath, in South Wales. She was educated at Neath Grammar School. She was going to study medicine but won a scholarship which took her to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama so she studied opera instead. While at school, she was given leave, each month for five years, to appear with the singing children in Land of Song on telelvision. She later joined the Cliff Adams Singers and the Granadiers and then teamed up with Maggie Stredder and Gloria George in the Ladybirds.
The Ladybirds had a long and illustrious career as backing singers on virtually every major variety and music show and appeared with almost every performer in the 1960's and 1970's. They appeared regularly on The Benny Hill Show and were resident backing singers on Top of the Pops. Other artists they backed on their recording and television shows included Marc Bolan, Twiggy, Rolf Harris, Sandie Shaw, Des O'Connor, Les Dawson, Tommy Cooper, Little and Large, Shirley Bassey, Morecambe and Wise and Cliff Richard. They were also regulars on such shows as the Eurovision Song Contest, The Generation Game and Children in Need.
After the Ladybirds, Marian went into presenting television shows and became a reporter. She presented the childrens series How! for five years and was a guest storyteller on Rainbow, where she read her own stories for children. Later in her career, she sang on Sunday Best and became an after-dinner speaker. By 1992, she was working on a cruise ship. Sadly, Marian passed away on 24th January 2008.
(c) G. P. Rose 2011