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Charlene Oliver has often been defined by "The song with a life of it's own". I've Never Been To Me was first released in 1976. It was, by the standards of the day, ahead of it's time. It reached #97 on the Billboard charts. When it was re-released in 1982 it climbed to #3 in the US and #1 in the UK where Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder dominated the chart with Ebony and Ivory. By then Charlene had left Motown Records and was working in a sweet shop in England. The song was one of the biggest hits of that year. Nearly a decade later, it was featured as the opening song of the hit movie The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, which garnered her a large LGBT following. Last year Jimmy Fallon chose the song to perform on his hit TV show.
Charlene performing Never Been To Me in 1982:
Clip from the movie, The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert:
Jimmy Fallon singing Never Been To Me:
Charlene released six albums all together but her creativity reached beyond music. She has written two books, her autobiography and a children's book. Now she has partnered with Olly Olly All In Free Productions to launch the release of her new Historical Fiction Novella "Orphan Train". For more information on this publication please visit:
This is the world of Christina Nava. She is fifteen years old in a small village in Poland. Follow her as the Nazi's invade her country and banish her and her family to the Jewish Ghettos. Next stop will be Ravensbruck Concentration Camp. Her epic journey through the Holocaust will be a tale of horror, death and anguish as she searches for love, hope....and Freedom.