Her most famous song was a duet with Elton John, entitled "Don't Go Breaking My Heart", which was released in 1976 and went to Number 1 both in the UK Singles Chart and the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart. In 1993 she performed another duet with Elton John for his Duets album, a cover version of Cole Porter's "True Love", which reached #2 in the UK.
In the days before BBC Radio 1, Dee was a regular performer of other people's hits on BBC radio, and she starred with a group of session singers in the BBC Two singalong series One More Time. She also appeared in an early episode of The Benny Hill Show on 27 January 1971, performing the Blood, Sweat and Tears hit, "You've Made Me So Very Happy". Nevertheless, it was only after she joined forces with Elton John and Rocket Records that she became a household name in the UK. Her first major solo hits were "I've Got the Music in Me" (written by Tobias Stephen Boshell) (1974) and "Amoureuse" (written by French performer and songwriter, Véronique Sanson) (1973).
Dee has also appeared in musical theatre - notably in the lead role in Willy Russell's West End musical Blood Brothers. She took on the role (originally played by Barbara Dickson for the 1988 production and recording). She received an Olivier Award nomination in 1989 for her acting skills.
In 2008, Kiki Dee's first ever DVD was released "Under The Night Sky" is a collaboration with guitarist Carmelo Luggeri, filmed live at Bray Studios in London.
She also performed at Live Aid, reprising "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" with John, and performing backing vocals on the other songs in his set.
She still tours, and occasionally makes guest appearances on television in shows such as Never Mind the Buzzcocks. She has recorded with other artists such as Dave Stewart and guitarist Carmelo Luggeri.
§ - credited to the Kiki Dee Band; † - credited to Elton John and Kiki Dee
± Credited as Kiki Dee And Carmelo Luggeri
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