If I Had Words

This week the British singer Scott Fitzgerald is celebrating his 80th birthday.

He was born William McPhail in Glasgow and released his first single on the GTO label called Judy Played The Jukebox in 1974. In 1978 he was teamed with the Dutch session singer Yvonne Keeley (b: Yvonne Paaij) who had provided backing vocals on Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel’s 1975 number one Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me) and was Steve Harley’s girlfriend at the time.

The song was If I Had Words which reached number three and whose tune was taken from the main theme of the Maestoso from Saint-Saens Symphony No.3 in C minor – known as the Organ Symphony and had words written by Jonathan Hodge, who has a movie theme composter and writer of Television adverts and, for people of a certain age, will best be remembered for the Shake ‘n’ Vac advert. The song featured the backing of the Chelsea-based St. Thomas More School Choir.

Keeley continued for a few years as a session singer and is currently a presenter on Radio Rijnmond in the Netherlands. As for Fitzgerald, he had one further hit in 1988 when he represented the UK at Eurovision with the song Go which was written by Bruce Forsyth’s daughter Julie and came second in the contest behind Celine Dion’s Ne Partez Pas Sans Moi and made number 52 on the single chart.  His son, Ki, was an original member of Busted but left in 2001 before their debut hit.

Let’s enjoy the one duet from 1978.

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