1965, the girl who was now nicknamed ‘The Golden Girl of Pop’ signed for
an 18 week BBC TV series which was so successful she was immediately offered
a second series. She also represented Britain in Eurovision with ‘I Belong',
which was voted into the No.2 position.
During the decade, Kathy had no less than three television series: ‘Kathy
Kirby Sings’, ‘The Kathy Kirby Show’ and ‘Here Comes Kathy’. She also sang
the theme tune to the series ‘Adam Adamant Lives.’
Kathy was voted Top British Female Singer in a New Musical Express poll
and even had a brief entry in the US chart with ‘The Way of Love'. She also
toured with artists such as Cliff Richard and Duane Eddy.
the death of her manager and mentor, Ambrose, in 1971 her career seemed
to go to pieces. She failed to honour existing contracts and developed
a reputation for being temperamental and unreliable. Ill fortune plagued
the beautiful star and she became bankrupt, owing £30,000 to the Inland
Revenue. She married journalist Fred Pye in 1975, but it was an unhappy
affair which ended in divorce.
In 1979 Kathy was arrested on a charge of deceiving a London hotel
of £304 and remanded on bail on condition of attending a mental hospital.
The court order was dropped in April of that year when she was found
innocent and all charges were dropped, but such publicity tends to
Kathy hit the headlines again when she was found to be living in a
London apartment with a lesbian, Laraine McKay, who proposed marriage
to her. McKay was later arrested on a deception charge and sent to
That same year Kathy was singing between each game at a bingo hall
in Kent. She said,
“It may not be much of a start, but I had to begin somewhere again
and it couldn’t have been better. I know the mistakes I have made
in the past, but I don’t think it will ever happen again”.