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Famous musicians pay tribute to singer

Lesley Cox, formerly Lesley Duncan
The mother-of-two will be remembered as one of Britain's top session singers

Tributes have been paid to a singer songwriter who recorded alongside musical giants including Pink Floyd, Dusty Springfield and Ringo Starr.

Most residents on the isle of Mull were unaware of the musical past of Lesley Cox, formerly Duncan, which emerged after the 66-year-old died last Friday.

Her career took off in 1970 when Sir Elton John recorded her "Love Song" on his album, Tumbleweed Connection.

Sir Elton sent a floral tribute and David Bowie also sent his condolences.

The mother-of-two will be remembered as one of Britain's top session singers.

Her vocals are on Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon album, on Sir Elton's Madman Across the Water LP and she can also be heard in the chorus of the Jesus Christ Superstar album.

She was a very popular figure in Tobermory but I think few people knew about her career
Tony Cox

On her own 1971 album, Sing Children Sing, Sir Elton can be heard playing piano, Chris Spedding is on guitar and Pentangle's Terry Cox is on drums.

But on Mull, few locals knew about her past.

Councillor Gordon Chalmers said: "I am sure that there were only a few people who knew about it.

"She was so self effacing about it, she would never say that she had met all these people and been to all these places.

"She kept it to herself, she never advertised the fact, I don't think she was widely known in the community for her music work, she was not a publicity seeker, she was just the wee woman who did her garden at Aros Lodge."

Mrs Cox's husband, Tony, said the couple moved to Mull 13 years ago.

"She was a very popular figure in Tobermory but I think few people knew about her career, she was popular for being a cheerful, smiling person," he said.

"After a private burial we will be celebrating her life and music."



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