Emile Ford obituary

Emile Ford DiesSinger who topped the charts with What Do You Want to Make Those Eyes at Me For?

Emile Ford (Michael Emile Telford Miller), singer and acoustics engineer, born 16 October 1937; died 11 April 2016

Emile Ford was born in CastriesSaint Lucia, in the West Indies. He was the son of Barbadian politician, Frederick Edward Miller, and Madge Murray, a singer and musical theatre director whose father had founded and conducted the St. Lucia Philharmonic Band.[1] His mother married again, taking the name of Sweetnam;[2] some sources erroneously give Emile Ford’s birth name as Sweetnam or Sweetman.

He teamed up in January 1959 with his half-brother, bassist George Sweetnam-Ford (born 1 January 1941), electric guitarist Ken Street (born 1943) and drummer John Cuffley to form Emile Ford & the Checkmates. The band appeared on the TV programme Sunday Serenade, which ran for six weeks. They won the Soho Fair talent contest in July 1959, but turned down a recording contract with EMI because the company would not allow Ford to produce their records, and instead agreed to a deal with Pye Records.[5] Their first self-produced recording, “What Do You Want to Make Those Eyes at Me For?“, a song originally recorded by Ada Jones and Billy Murray in 1917, went to number one in the UK Singles Chartat the end of 1959 and stayed there for six weeks.[6] Ford was the first black British artist to sell one million copies of a single.

As a sound engineer, Ford was responsible for creating a backing track system for stage shows, first used in 1960, which provided a basis for what became known as karaoke.[1][9] In 1969, he set up a recording studio in Barbados with the help of his father, before moving to Sweden.[6] While there, he further developed a new open-air playback system for stage shows, patented as the Liveoteque Sound Frequency Feedback Injection System.[1][9]

Counting Teardrops, an anthology including all of Ford’s recordings with Pye Records, was released in 2001.[3]

Dave Cash Dies

Dave CashDavid Charles Wish (18 July 1942 – 21 October 2016), better known as Dave Cash, was a British radio presenter who latterly worked for BBC Radio Kent, having had previous spells at Radio LondonBBC Radio 1Capital RadioRadio West(he was launch programme controller at the Bristol station), Country 1035 and PrimeTime Radio.

Dave is well known for the Kenny & Cash show on Big L He also worked for Capital Radio where the Kenny & Cash show aired once again. Another great Broadcaster has left us. He will be sadly missed.

Robert Thomas Velline April 30th 1943 – October 24th 2016

bobby-vee-photoLate 1960 after a couple of songs had barely inched their way into the national charts it appeared that Liberty was losing faith when a radio station in Pittsburgh, PA began playing the back side of what might have been Bobby’s last single. The song was “Devil or Angel.” It had been a R&B it a few years earlier by a group called The Clovers and was a favorite of Snuffy Garrett, the young producer responsible for signing Bobby to Liberty. Following the records success in Pittsburgh, “Devil or Angel” went on to reach the top ten in city after city.

By the end of 1960 it peaked at number 6 in the Billboard charts, as well as reaching the top 20 on the R & B charts. Liberty Records exercised its option and signed Bobby to a five year contract.

Other hits included “Take Good care of my baby” 1961 & “The Night has a thousand eyes” 1962.

In 2011, following a shocking diagnosis of early Alzheimer’s Disease, the decision was made to retire. Bobby pulled back from touring and had a stretch of retirement shows including Joetown Rocks in St. Joseph, an annual event he helped to create.

For much of 2011, he concentrated on his two loves – his music and his family.  He loaded up the family and made a cross country RV trip to Tucson, Arizona to move into their new winter home.  And as part of the healing process, he and his family made music.  They recorded family favorites and realized their fans would want to hear these sessions, so a new CD “The Adobe Sessions” is now available.

From the white socks and ducktail days of “Susie Baby” to the high tech digital present, Bobby continued to grow as an artist and entertainer building a loyal following of fans and friends alike.


Cilla’s career began in the 1960s, after rising to prominence as a singer, with a string of hit singles to her name, including ‘Alfie’, ‘Step Inside Love’ and ‘Anyone Who Had A Heart’, which came to be known as one of her signature songs.
Over the years, she later made the break from the world of music to TV, fronting hit shows like ‘Surprise, Surprise’ and ‘Blind Date’, among others.
Cilla was married to her manager, Bobby Willis, for over 30 years, until he passed away in 1999, after suffering from lung cancer.
Together, she and Bobby had three sons, Robert, Ben and Jack.
More recently, a three-part TV biopic about the early days of Cilla’s career aired on ITV, with Sheridan Smith in the leading role, which eventually earned her a National Television Award for Best Drama Performance, as well as a TV Bafta nomination.

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Carroll was a Belfast born plumber’s son who became the only singer to represent Britain in the Eurovision Song contest twice in a row. He first represented Britain & Northern Ireland in 1962. His entry was the jaunty entry, “Ring-A-Ding Girl” He returned the following year in 1963 with the song “Say Wonderful Things”but it only came forth.
After his musical career ended he went into Politics resurfing as the Emerald Rainbow Islands Dreams Ticket Party candidate for the 1997 Uxbridge by-election.

Born Ronnie Cleghorn on August the 18th 1934 in Roslyn Street, East Belfast,and first hit the big time when he won a “Hollywood Doubles” competition at the Belfast Hippodrome. He had been planning to stand as a candidate in May’s 2015 election in the marginal Hampsted & Kilburn constituency as the “Euro-visionary” candidate. He passed away after a short illness on Monday the 13th April 2015.


Percy Sledge who had many hits died at his home in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, at the age of 74. Sledge who had a hit with “When a man loves a women” in 1966 it reached No. 4 in the UK chart.

Before his music Career he worked in the Cotton fields around his hometown in Leighton in North West Alabama,before taking a job as a hospital nurse in the early 60’s..He was inducted into the Rock “N” Roll hall of fame in 2005. He leaves a wife & children He died on Tuesday the 14th April 2015.

Jackie Trent Dies aged 74

Jackie Trent Dies aged 74

Jackie Trent


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Singer-Songwriter Jackie Trent has died at the age of 74,she was known for her work with Frank Sinatra and Petula Clark,also the theme to tv soap Neigbours.

Trent was born in Staffordshire and died in Menorca, Spain after a long illness.She topped the charts in 1965 with Where are you now my love, together with ex-husband Tony Hatch,Trent also wrote hits for Shirley Bassey.

Born Yvonne Burgess in Newcastle-under-Ly’me, she began her career as a child,singing in British Legion and working men’s clubs,and for troops around Europe.Petula Clark’s I Couldn’t Live Without Your Love was inspired by the then affair with Tony Hatch.They went public with their relationship,marrying a year later.

Sixties Hits Mystro Alvin Stardust Dies


Pop star Alvin Stardust who had recently been diagnosed with metastatic prostate cancer died at his home,surrounded by his wife and family around him.Despite his illness he continued to tour and peformed on Saturday at the Regal Cinema in Evesham,Worcestershire.
The Singer real name Bernard Jewry started out in the music business in the 60’s. He became a huge star in the 70’s with the Glam rock scene.Scoring hits with tracks including My Coo Ca Choo and Jealous Mind. Stardust had been working on anew album,his first in 30 years due for release next month.


Eydie Gorme who had a hit in 1963 with Blame It On The Bossa Nova, has died in Las Vegas.Gorme was a popular nightclub and TV singer, both with her husband Steve Lawrence and as a solo act.


In 1953, she joined what became Tonight Show on the NBC television network. She and Lawrence also recorded Spanish-language songs which became hits in Latin America.
Lawrence was at her bedside,along with their son, when she died on Saturday afternoon,after a short illness.

Gorme, who was born to Spanish-Speaking Jewish parents in New York in 1928,  grew up speaking both English and Spanish.
She met lawrence in 1953 on the set of a New York local TV programme hosted by Steve Allen which became the Tonight Show the next year. The couple married in 1957. Gorme’s biggest solo hit was Blame It On The Bossa Nova. She also recorded another success on her own in 1964 with Spanish-Language son, Amor, recorded with the Mexican band Trio Los Panchos.

Kenny Ball Dies

Kenny Ball DiesKenny Ball (born Kenneth Daniel Ball; 22 May 1930) was best known as the lead trumpet player in Kenny Ball and his Jazzmen.

In 1961 their recording of Cole Porter’s ‘Samantha’ became a  hit, and in March 1962, Kenny Ball and his Jazzmen reached both No. 2 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, and the UK Singles chart, with “Midnight in Moscow” . The record sold over one million copies, earning gold disc status. Further hits ensued, including a version of’ “March of the Siamese Children” from ‘The King and I’, which topped the pop music magazine, New Musical Express chart in March that year, Essex jazz trumpeter Kenny Ball died in Basildon Hospital on the 7th March 2013 where he was being treated for pneumonia,