Career She was born in Hungary to professional musician parents who toured worldwide. Alan Dell, the disc-jockey who was a local radio producer at that time, made some private recordings of her and Foley took them to London to play to prospective publishers. In fact they didn't know who she was until she started to sing. These included Hit Parade, Commonwealth Cavalcade, and Off the Record, in which the former bandleader Jack Payne tried to adapt his radio disc-jockey format for television. She backed the Scots comic Jimmy Logan in Five Past Eight. Once again Derek Roy and Tommy Cooper were her co-stars. She also crossed the Channel via recordings to star in a Radio Luxembourg series called Family Album.
A continuous programme of radio work and tours followed, leading to more than one mental breakdown. Soon she could be heard over South African radio singing with Roy Martin and his dance band from the Coconut Grove in Johannesburg. When the Second World War was declared, the family left Britain with the Boswell Circus. There were also Sunday concerts including one at the Blackpool Opera House with Johnnie Ray the crying crooner. Young Eva, supposed to play the piano and join in some harmony singing, was so scared she ran off the stage. After the circus, she changed her name to Boswell. More variety followed, both in South Africa and England, plus a number of shows for television.
She faded from public view as public tastes for pop music changed through the late 1950s and 1960s, eventually returning to live in Durban, South Africa, where she died. She was born in Hungary to professional musician parents who toured worldwide. Eve Boswell born Eva Keleti, 11 May 1922, Budapest, Hungary — 14 August 1998, Durban, South Africa was a successful pop singer in Britain in the 1950s. This featured Philip Green and his Orchestra and was sponsored by Marshall Ward, the catalogue company. . This would turn out to be Boswell's only brush with the cinema, a tragedy considering her prettiness and her talent. Educated in Lausanne, Switzerland, she studied classical piano at the famous Lausanne Academy before joining her parents as a teenager.
An even longer season, 24 weeks, followed in 1959, this time in Glasgow. Denis Gifford Eva Keleti Eve Boswell , singer: born Budapest 11 May 1924; married three times, first to Trevor McIntosh one son ; died Durban, South Africa 13 August 1998. She faded from public view as public tastes for pop music changed through the late 1950s and 1960s, eventually returning to live in South Africa. Boswell parted with Geraldo in 1952, and launched a solo career. Unhappily the family was classified as alien, so, taking a job with the Boswell Circus, they promptly departed for a tour of South Africa. The act changed its name to the Three Hugos and as such made its debut in a Paris night-club.
Yet another new talent amazed her audiences; she and Logan played a duet on the bagpipes. It was called Sugar and Spice 1956. One major touring show was Harold Fielding's Music for the Millions 1957 ; she appeared with the classical pianists Rawicz and Landauer, the television comic Arthur Haynes, and pop stars Micki and Griff. She appeared in the Royal Variety Performance and toured widely with comedian Derek Roy, before getting her own radio show in 1954. A cover version of an Arthur Godfrey disc, it failed to make the hit parade. Adrian Foley Lord Foley , a pianist and composer working in South Africa after the war, liked her voice. But with the rock 'n' roll revolution of the Sixties Boswell's multi- talents lacked the simplistic basic beat which it seemed all the teenagers wanted, and gradually, sadly, she faded from public view.
Boswell parted with Geraldo in January 1952 and with her husband as her manager launched herself on a solo career. It was Trevor who encouraged the girl to sing and to change her name to Eve Boswell, after the circus. More than a year later, still billed the same way, she appeared in the Royal Variety Performance at the London Coliseum. Eve Boswell was born Eva Keleti, in Budapest, in 1924, the only daughter of a professional pair who toured the world with their musical act. At the end of her first week Geraldo cancelled her contract and gave her a new one for a whole year. She appeared in the Royal Variety Performance and toured widely with comedian Derek Roy, before getting her own radio show in 1954.
All her records from 1949 to 1959 were on the Parlophone label. Two weeks later she was back on tour and that Christmas made her pantomime debut in Humpty Dumpty at Dudley. She sang both sweetly and sexily, encouraging her packed audiences not only to sing along but clap along, on and off the beat, but she could also play a classical piano piece to perfection, blow a hearty saxophone, toot a swinging clarinet, clatter a natty tap dance, leg a charming ballet step, record a long-playing selection in nine different languages, and in her retirement years run a school for singers in South Africa. Nineteen fifty-eight saw her based at Blackpool for a 22-week run of You'll Be Lucky, supporting the top radio comedian Al Read; the title was his catchphrase. Boswell parted with Geraldo in 1952, and launched a solo career. A continuous programme of radio work and tours followed, leading to more than one mental breakdown. She married, and as Eve Boswell became a popular singing star in South Africa.
She opened with Geraldo at the Blackpool Winter Gardens on 1 June 1949. She, herself, was educated in Switzerland and was also an international traveler. Her first big success was supporting the comedian Derek Roy in a variety tour of his radio series, Happy Go Lucky. Educated in Switzerland, she studied piano before joining her parents on tour as The Three Hugos. Returning to open The Big Show at Blackpool Opera House, she co-starred with the American comedians George and Bert Bernard, who mimed to gramophone records dressed up as the Andrews Sisters. She made her entrance in a well-staged circus scene, bursting through a paper hoop and juggling, a hitherto unknown talent that surprised the audience. Remarkably and by sheerest chance, the Granada Plus channel re-ran this very programme only a week or so ago; an ideal if slightly premature tribute.
This was compered by Alan Dell, who had by now come to England to further his own radio career. Many radio appearances during this time included The Forces Show, a 60- minute spectacular starring Richard Murdoch and Kenneth Horne - the Much Binding in the Marsh pair - as hosts; Workers' Playtime, the midday series for factory hands; Henry Hall's Guest Night; and finally in 1954 her own series, Time To Dream. Vera-Ellen was a wonderful dancer but hopeless as a singer. Geraldo Gerald Bright , then the top dance band leader, heard them, liked them and sent the girl a telegram offering her three months work. Eve, Trevor and their small son Michael promptly sold up their African homestead and sailed for England.
She married, and as Eve Boswell became a popular singing star in South Africa. She sang in multiple languages. Here Trevor McIntosh, the son of the owner, taught Eve to speak English, and the two fell in love. She learned English while with the Boswell Circus and her first husband was the circus owner's son. In July 1950, while Geraldo and his band were playing for holidaymakers aboard the Queen Mary, Boswell returned to South Africa for a working holiday, and also supplied the singing voice for the Hollywood star Vera- Ellen in her British film Happy Go Lovely 1950. Eve Boswell Eva Keleti, May 11, 1922, Budapest, Hungary - August 14, 1998, Durban, South Africa was a successful pop singer in Britain in the 1950s. In the end she stayed with him for more than two years.