Julie Rogers (born Julie Rolls, 6 April 1943, Bermondsey, London) is an English pop singer. She is best known for her multi-million selling song, "The Wedding".
Rogers, the youngest of five children, had piano lessons and started her career after leaving Kingsbury High School. She worked as a dancer in Spain, a secretary in England, and a stewardess on a Union-Castle Line ship, before singing with the Teddy Foster orchestra, with whom she toured the UK and America. A&R man Johnny Franz signed her to a recording contract with Philips Records in 1964, and released her debut single, "It's Magic". The song was originally a hit for Doris Day in 1948.
Her 1964 hit "The Wedding" went to #3 in the UK Singles Chart, #1 in Australia and #10 in the US, in addition to topping the US Adult Contemporary chart. In 1961 "The Wedding" had been successful for Anita Bryant and Malcolm Vaughan, but Rogers' recording outsold them both. At the time of the release of "The Wedding", Rogers told the NME that she wanted to become an international artist. "The Wedding" was estimated by 1972 to have sold over seven million copies.
She had further UK hits with "Like a Child" (UK #20, US #67) and "Hawaiian Wedding Song" (UK #31), both in 1965.
Julie appeared for a staggering eleven times at the 'Talk of The Town' in London, not to mention many times at the Savoy Hotel, which used to have cabaret. She also had a record breaking three-week season at 'The Green Room' and also the 'Pizza On The Park'. Twenty four tours of Australia including concerts and television. Julie has also presented her own TV Specials in Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, Portugal, Holland & Spain.
In 1968, she married Teddy Foster, and they remained a couple until Foster's death in 1984 from renal failure. In 1987, she married show business agent, Michael Black, the brother of lyricist Don Black. Michael Black has since acted as her manager.
She also recorded a demo of "You Only Live Twice", which appeared on the 1992 limited edition version of the album, The Best of Bond...James Bond. Nancy Sinatra's version of the song was the one used in the film of the same name.
In 1969, Julie switched to the Ember label and issued several singles including Almost close to you, which she had performed at the Knokke Cup festival in Belgium. Julie’s 1976 release, My name is Julie, on the Pye label, is a noteworthy album, and includes Unchained melody, Tears on my pillow, When I dream and The entertainer – the latter penned by Julie herself.
Julie appeared in Hong Kong in May 1998 and then at the Dusit Thani Hotel, Bangkok, for two gala shows. Although she is also kept very busy with corporate appearances in all the London hotels and prestige venues around the world, Julie has also performed at many royal shows for the Duke of Edinburgh, Princess Margaret, Diana Princess of Wales, The Duke of Kent and the Duke of York, and has appeared several times at Buckingham Palace.
In addition to performing in the UK, Julie's talents are in constant demand throughout the world. Australia, America, Canada, The Far East, Middle East, Spain, Italy and the South of France are just some of the countries that have enjoyed her talents. The 'Sporting Club' in Monte Carlo is without doubt the most prestigious venue in the world and Julie has been repeatedly booked there following such stars as Frank Sinatra, Shirley Bassey and many other top celebrities. In fact she was presented with a silver cup for the best show in 15 years!
Another part of her busy working life are regular performances on some of the world's luxury liners. Known not only for her superb singing, but also for her outstanding looks and personality, all of which are matched by her stunning clothes, Julie continues to delight and excite her audiences both at home and abroad, be it in the Concert Hall or the Cabaret Room. Her most recent release is the 2014 album, Emotions. (Info various but edited mainly from julierogers.co.uk & Wikipedia)