Tribute: Lynsey de Paul

Award-winning songwriter and PRS board member Lynsey de Paul has died unexpectedly of a brain haemorrhage.

Anita Awbi
  • By Anita Awbi
  • 2 Oct 2014
  • min read
Beginning in 1971, Lynsey enjoyed an extremely distinguished career as a songwriter, performer and screen composer.

She wrote 12 top 20 hit records and nine TV theme tunes, becoming the first woman to receive an Ivor Novello Award in 1973 for her ballad Won’t Somebody Dance With Me.

Lynsey also represented the UK in the 1977 Eurovision Song Contest with the song Rock Bottom.

However, her accomplishments extended well beyond songwriting. In the early nineties she released a self-defense film for women and presented a documentary on the subject, for which she earned a Royal Television Society Award.

She was also a dedicated conservationist and represented various charities over the years, from Compassion in World Farming to the RSPCA.

Lynsey served as a highly valued PRS board director from 2006 and was also a trustee of the Members Benevolent Fund.

Guy Fletcher OBE, PRS chair, said: ‘I am devastated that my dear friend and colleague of forty years has passed away. Lynsey was an inspiration to all who met her – immensely talented, passionate and a natural people person.

‘She was an active role model for PRS for Music and a pioneering female songwriter. This is a tragic loss for our organisation and the music industry. She will be deeply missed.’

Robert Ashcroft, PRS for Music chief executive, said: ‘I am shocked that such a vital and vibrant member of our Board has passed away so suddenly.

‘Lynsey was a great champion of songwriter’s rights and played an esteemed role promoting the value of music. It was truly an honour to know and work with Lynsey. We will all feel her loss for years to come.’

Lynsey passed away on 1 October 2014, aged 64.