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Valerie Avon

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Valerie Avon

Valerie Murtagh
Birth name Patricia Valerie Murtagh
Also known as Valerie Avon
Born 1936 (age 77–78)
Willesden, London, England
Genres Pop music
Occupations Singer, songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1960s-1970s

Valerie Murtagh (born Patricia Valerie Murtagh, 1936, Willesden, London, England)[1] - pseudonym Valerie Avon - is an English singer and songwriter. Originally she was a member of The Avons.


After her somewhat limited singing career with The Avons drew to a close, Murtagh became a successful songwriter, and remained involved with the British music industry. With her songwriting partner, Harold Spiro, she wrote (under the name Valerie Avon) the UK entry to the Eurovision Song Contest 1974, "Long Live Love", as performed by Olivia Newton-John.[2]

In addition she co-penned (under that nom de plume) the following songs [3]

† This track was a UK number one hit in 1963,[11] and the year later returned to the UK Singles Chart in a vocal version by Kathy Kirby.[12]

See also


External links

  • Songwriting database
  • Discogs

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