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Obituary: Popular singer on cabaret circuit.

A popular Birmingham singer has died after losing her battle against cancer.

Avis St Clare died in the John Taylor Hospice in Erdington, Birmingham, aged 54.

Born in Nechells, Ms St Clare lived in Sutton Coldfield and was a well known voice on the Birmingham cabaret circuit.

Her singing career began in the early 1960s. She sang at venues such as The Tower Ballroom, The Mayfair Suite, and clubs such as The Prohibition in Birmingham, and The Hunters Moon at West Bromwich.

From the early 1980s she was resident at La Gondola restaurant, in Mere Green, Four Oaks, where she regularly accompanied Renato - one half of Renee and Renato who scored a number one hit with Save Your Love in 1982.

She went on to form the Avis St Clare Band, which included her husband Gerry Freeman on drums who toured the world with Shirley Bassey for 14 years and was an original member of The Applejacks.

Her funeral takes place at Sutton Coldfield Crematorium on Monday at 1.30pm.
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Sep 11, 1999
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