Lita Roza started her stage career aged 12 as a pantomime dancer and within 3 years, she was treading the boards with Ted Ray the comedian, also from Liverpool.
In 1944 during the Second World War she worked as a singer at The New Yorker club in Southport. The job paid her just £5 a week which was a good wage at the time.
During the next two years she worked with several bands in London including Edmundo Ross and Harry Roy’s orchestra. Post world war two she moved to America with her new husband and lived in Florida for a time. But the marriage didn’t last and she soon returned to Britain.
How Much Is That Doggie In The Window
Between 1950/54 she became well known as the singer with the then famous Ted Heath Band and in 1954 decided on a solo career.
The emphasis was now on recording rather than live band work. After the number one success of How Much Is That Doggie In The Window, Lita never sang this song in public as she hated it that much.
At the age of 30 she married trumpeter Ronnie Hughes and continued her recording work without gaining the recognition she had during the early 1950s. Between 1951 and 1955 she had been acclaimed as the top female vocalist In The Melody Maker and the NME music papers.
Although she lived in London, she returned to Liverpool on many occasions and actually gave her final performance at Radio Merseyside in November 2002.
Shortly before Lita died an album “Best of Lita Roza” was released as a tribute to her in 2007. Lita died in London aged 82.
Lita Roza’s official website – www.litaroza.co.uk.