by Annie Nightingale
I first met Julie Covington two or three years ago, and she'd been out of work for 18 months. Work meant acting, but way back she'd also made the odd record ... sung on sessions and appeared in the original stage version of 'Godspell' with David Essex. In addition, Julie got the occasional TV job, singing on a children's show. She was obviously talented, which made her lack of progress reach hair-tearing desperation proportions.
This past month her first single has not only hit #1 —but gone gold. a true rarity in England these days! Not just that, but Ms. Covington has just been awarded the coveted 'Plays And Players' award for Most Promising Actress, for her role in 'Jumpers' at the prestigious National Theatre. Wonderful, wonderful ..
recognition at last. Stardom beckons. Does it. hell! Not once has Julie appeared anywhere to sing the song that has at last made her name very nearly a household one! Not once has she talked to the Press about her record 'Don't Cry For Me Argentina'. It comes from 'Evita,' a musical based on the life of Eva Peron, written by 'Superstar' authors Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd-Webber.
The reason for all this reticence? Ms. Covington, having set British male blood racing in a TV series last year called 'Rock Follies' has been working too hard, she says, to he promoting a single. The second 'Rock Follies' series has taken up all her days, and the National Theatre her nights. All of which has given the lady a reputation of being 'difficult' and 'unco-operative.' But when you hear her shiver-inducing treatment of 'Argentina.' you'll forgive her, too!