Luan Peters

Luan Peters (born 18 June 1946, Bethnal Green, London), also known as Karol Keyes, is an English actress. Born as Carol Hirsch, she made her stage debut in a pantomime aged four, then went on to win a drama scholarship at aged 16 after a performance of Twelfth Night. She started singing in a band for £2 a night as a way of earning extra money while attending drama school. Her singing career began in Manchester, where under the name Karol Keyes (named after her management Keystone Promotions), she fronted “Karol Keyes and The Big Sound”, a band previously known as “The Fat Sound”. One of her first records was an Ike & Tina Turner number called "A Fool in Love" on Columbia. She split from that band in June 1966; a year later she joined Joan Littlewood’s drama school at the Theatre Royal Stratford East. She continued to sing in nightclubs, leading to a recording contract offer from EMI. Gordon Mills who had given stage names to Tom Jones and Engelbert Humperdinck, suggested she call herself "Delilah Jackson" to capitalize on Jones’ 1968 hit Delilah; however, she chose the name Luan Peters instead.


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