September 15th 2014 23:14
Judie Myers was educated in the visual and performing arts, and was a regular on the folk club circuit from the age of 15.
Her father's family had come to Britain from Poland in the 1920's and had originally settled in Yorkshire. They had changed their name from "Tzuke" to Myers because it was one of the more common names in Yorkshire at that time and they wanted to blend into the community.
Her father, was a successful Park Lane based property developer, who also managed artists and singers, and at one time co-managed and supported Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice while they wrote Jesus Christ Superstar but died a few weeks before the musical opened.
Her mother was an actress in films and popular TV series including The Marty Feldman show and The Goodies.
A poet at heart, Tzuke was convinced to produce a series of demo tapes and through circumstance managed to secure a record deal with David Bowie and T-Rex producer Tony Visconti's label Good Earth.
Changing her name from Myers back to her original family's surname Tzuke, the single These are The Laws was released to little fanfare and even less success.
In 1977 she signed with Elton Johns label -The Rocket Record Company. Her first single was on Rocket, "For You", released in 1978.
Her first (and only) major success, "Stay with Me till Dawn", was released in 1979.
The track, which was co-written with Mike Paxman, became a Top 20 hit in the UK in the summer of 1979 and a Top 10 hit in Australia and was featured on Tzuke's 1979 debut album, 'Welcome to the Cruise' which was also a Top 20 hit.
In 2002, "Stay With Me Till Dawn" was chosen by the British public in a poll of the 50 Best British Songs 19522002 (ranking at number 39).
In 1980, Judie and her band toured America for three months as support to Elton John but during the tour Elton John decided to change the US distribution for his Rocket label from MCA to the new Geffin label.
MCA consequently decided to stop all tour support and promotion for the acts on the Rocket label, which meant that Tzuke was playing to huge audiences, including 450,000 people in New York's Central Park, but no-one knew who she was and her records were not available in the shops.
Tzuke continues to perform to this day.