In The Hotseat with Kiki Dee

Kiki Dee
Kiki Dee

THIS month sees Kiki Dee performing at the Spa in Scarborough.

Kiki, real name Pauline Matthews, visited Whitby on family holidays as a child.

Originally from Bradford, West Yorkshire, she began her recording career as a session singer in the 1960s and her biggest hit came when she recorded a duet with Elton John, “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” in 1976.

She has released 39 singles, three EPs and 12 albums to date.

She still tours and will be performing with guitarist Carmelo Luggeri at Scarborough Spa on Friday 18 November.

Tickets are £15 each available from the box office (01723) 357869 or online via

Kiki takes time out to answer our In The Hotseat questions...

1 What are your first memories of Whitby?

Many happy and secure family holidays as a child in and around the area.

2 What makes Whitby special to you?

Its stunning coastline.

3 Life’s highlight?

My first hit record in the UK in 1973 with Amoureuse.

4 Biggest regret?

Could have had a bit more fun in the 70s outside of music but enjoying everything more now.

5 What did you have for breakfast this morning?

Special K and fruit.

6 What is your favourite eating place?

London. It’s full of great restaurants but at my best friend Jenny’s dinner parties is the best nosh!

7 What is your favourite pub?

The Black Horse in Ireland, Bedfordshire, great food and drink.

8 Where are the best fish and chips?

Up north and near the sea.

9 What is your worst habit?

Trying too hard.

10 Where was your last holiday?

Le Gers, an area of south west France. Very rural and no need to dress up.

11 When was the last time you cried?

On stage when I told a story about my parents coming to watch me sing in New York with Elton at Madison Square Gardens.

12 What would be your ideal day in Whitby?

An ideal day in Whitby would be great weather, great walks and fish and chips for supper.

13 What was your first job?

At Boots the Chemist for 12 weeks in my teens before I turned professional as a singer.

14 What is your favourite film?

Some Like it Hot.

15 What is your favourite book?

Jane Eyre.

16 If you won the Lottery, what would you do with it?

Expand my live show with Carmelo with guests plus look after my family and friends.

17 Dracula or Captain Cook?


Captain Cook.

18 What is your signature dish?

Fish pie and salad.

19 Favourite drink?

Red wine.

20 What would be your epitaph?

I feel the rainfall of another planet - from the song Amoureuse.