Evelyn Dove (1902-1987) (6/8)

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Evelyn Dove made history in 1939 when she became the first black singer to perform on BBC radio, a groundbreaking achievement that marked the beginning of a long and successful career with the BBC. 

A talented singer and actress, her trailblazing status as one of the first successful women of colour in the industry earned her recognition worldwide. She earned great acclaim throughout her career, establishing a popular reputation abroad as she travelled to many different countries to perform, including Spain, India, Germany and France. Unfortunately, the impending outbreak of war in Europe meant that she was unable to travel, and for many years of her career she sang at home as an Armed Forces sweetheart, having been employed by the BBC throughout the war. 

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