If you were a young teenager in the late '70s, tolerating your siblings' taste in new-wave music by out-blasting him with Radio 1, it's highly likely you'll remember the lady affectionately re-christened as Olivia Neutron-Bomb by 'the nation's favourite disc-jockey', Terry Wogan.
Blonde, leggy, beautiful, Olivia Newton-John was the female face in 1978, playing the part of Sandy opposite John Travolta's slick, suave but clumsy Danny in the film of the year, Grease. Whilst the focus was on Travolta's nifty moves and unerring ability to leap onto a car bonnet without scratching it, Newton-John's turn slowly switched from dowdy high school teenager into curvy vampish minx, but all in the best possible taste.
It has been argued that without that role, and the subsequent ones in the less-successful futuristic Xanadu (with Electric Light Orchestra on score duties) and Two of a Kind, Newton-John might never had 'made it'. Truth is, she already had, particularly in her newly-adopted homeland in Australia. "Take Me Home Country Roads", "I Honestly Love You" and "Sam" had already sealed the singer's fate earlier in the decade by hitting both ours and Oz's chart rundowns. And if those songs and the films weren't going to get her noticed, her faux-raunchy "Physical" period in the '80s certainly would. And did. Clad in keep-fit gear and getting all heated up in a gym thinking about a bit of how's-your-father? What's not to like? Ahem...
Later years have seen the singer evolve into an ambassador for numerous charities including her own Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellbeing Centre - she was diagnosed with breast cancer in the '90s - as well as TV work, writing cook-books and flirting with pop success with live shows. But not in the UK for some time.
2013 will herald the performer's 40th successful year in music and to celebrate, Olivia Newton-John will return to her birthplace for a string of arena and concert-hall shows in the spring. Cardiff will be the first stop on 10th March, followed by Bournemouth, London (Royal Albert Hall), Brighton, Birmingham, Manchester and finally Glasgow on the 18th.
We will have tickets for all shows from 9am on Friday 26th October, with prices ranging from £36.50 to £55, depending on seats. These shows will be very popular - Newton-John will perform a string of hits from right across her career.