Category: YouTube clip of the week

Luciano Pavarotti

It was one year ago this week my father passed away. He has a fabulous tenor singing voice and had been singing professionally for over 50 years. He loved opera and all kinds of classical music. Mario Lanza and Luciano Pavarotti were particular favourites. This is for my dad, a kind, quite and very educated man – 24 March 1935 – 29th November 2020. RIP. X.

Terry Stafford

Terry Stafford was a Texas-born and died singer who was an Elvis Presley sound-alike which is why you may be mistaken for thinking his only UK hit, Suspicion was in fact Elvis.

He charted with it in 1964, 12 years before Elvis’ version was released but The King did record it first. He continued recording until the early 1980s but had no more UK hits and a limited number in the States.

He died of liver failure in 1996 at the young age of 54.

Let’s enjoy his version of his only hit.

Jerome

Back in the days when I worked in the London club we had a singer turn up to do a PA, he was fantastic and promised to provide me with a copy of his record when it was pressed. He kept his promise and I’ve loved the song ever since. Jerome was born Stephen Jerome and is a London-born singer songwriter. I have never seen him since and have no idea what happened to him. Much research has turned up nothing.

The only other thing I know is that he once dated a girl called Louisa from the Aylesbury area whom I had dated a year or so earlier. I had also heard a rumour that he was involved in a car crash and didn’t make, but I’ve never had this confirmed.

If anyone knows anything about him or his whereabout, I would be grateful. In the meantime, let’s listed to the song I was talking about, it’s called You’re Supposed to Be my Friend. Enjoy.

 

Nick Gilder

Nick Gilder was a London-born singer but raised in Vancouver, Canada from the age of 10. He found fame in the rock band Sweeney Todd. After that he signed solo deal with Chrysalis records and recorded three albums for the label. The second album, City Nights spawned the US chart-topping single Hot Child in the City which was written by Gilder and his former Sweeney Todd band member James McCulloch. It was produced by Mike Chapman of the Chinn & Chapman fame.

Let’s remember that number one hit.

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Anthony Kiedis, the lead singer with the Red Hot Chili Peppers celebrates his birthday this week, he is 59.

He was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan. his father was a jobbing actor who later got his son into the profession and gave him the stage name Cole Dammett to use. At school he met his future band mate Flea and through a love of the Grateful Dead formed the Peppers in 1983.

Their first UK hit came in 1990 with a cover of Stevie Wonder’s Higher Ground but it stalled at number 55. A re-issue seven months later took it one place higher. To date, they’ve charted 27 hit singles with the best placing being the 2006 song Dani California.

Let’s remember my favourite from 2006.