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Vicki Heather Wickham OBE (born 1939) is an English talent manager, entertainment producer, and songwriter.[1]

CareerEdit

Wickham was an assistant producer of the 1960s British television show Ready Steady Go!, and was fashion consultant for the short-lived The Mod's Monthly magazine, first issued in March 1964 by Albert Hand Publications, and edited by Mark Burns.[2][3] However she is probably best known as the manager of well-known pop/soul acts Dusty Springfield and Labelle.[4]

Wickham co-wrote (with Simon Napier-Bell) the English lyrics to Springfield's only British #1 hit, "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me", adapted from the Italian song "Io che non vivo senza te". With Penny Valentine, she co-wrote Dancing with Demons, a biography of Dusty Springfield.

Wickham is gay, but has said that her sexuality was never a problem, noting that she "wasn't out in the 60s. I didn't know what I was, really. Everyone knew I was gay, but we were so unpolitically conscious".[1]

AwardsEdit

Wickham was given a Music Industry "Woman of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award" in 1999,[5] and was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2013 Queen's Birthday Honours List, for services to music.[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Sullivan, Caroline (1999-11-29). "Ready, Vicki, Go". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2017-01-16.
  2. ^ "You can't keep up with the mods". tintrunk.blogspot.com.au. Retrieved 2015-04-05.
  3. ^ "Burns, Mark: The Mods Monthly". cultjones.com. Retrieved 2015-04-05.
  4. ^ "Belles of the Ball" Archived 2009-04-21 at Archive.today, Dustin Fitzharris, Bay Windows, October 29, 2008
  5. ^ "Dancing with Demons". Hodder & Stoughton. Retrieved 2015-04-05.
  6. ^ "No. 60534". The London Gazette (Supplement). 15 June 2013. p. 14.

BibliographyEdit

  • Valentine, Penny; Wickham, Vicki (April 2000). Dancing with Demons: The Authorised Biography of Dusty Springfield. London: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd. p. 320. ISBN 9780340766736

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