Wednesday, 27 October 2021

Dallas Frazier born 27 October 1939

Dallas Frazier (born October 27, 1939) is an American country musician and songwriter who had success in the 1950s and 1960s.

Frazier was born in Spiro, Oklahoma, United States, but was raised in Bakersfield, California. As a teenager, he played with Ferlin Husky and on the program Hometown Jamboree; and released his first single, "Space Command", at age 14 in 1954. As he told writer Edd Hurt in a 2008 profile for the music website Perfect Sound Forever, "We were part of The Grapes of Wrath. We were the Okies who went out to California with mattresses tied on the tops of their Model A Fords. My folks were poor. At twelve I moved away from home, with my folks' permission. Ferlin Husky offered me a job, and I started working with him when I was twelve. Then I recorded a side for Capitol Records when I was fourteen, and I did some country. I cut in the big circular building that's still out there on Hollywood and Vine."

Frazier, T.E.Ford, Jean Shepard, Tommy Collins

Frazier's 1957 song "Alley Oop", later taken to No. 1 in the US by The Hollywood Argyles, was his first hit. After Hometown Jamboree went off the air, Frazier moved to Nashville, Tennessee, and found work as a songwriter. Among his early successes was "Timber I'm Falling", a hit for Husky in 1964, and "There Goes My Everything", a big hit for Jack Greene in 1966, that earned him a nomination for the Grammy Award for Best Country Song. In 1966, he released his solo debut album Elvira, containing his song "Elvira". His follow-up, Tell It Like It Is (1967), was also a success.


While his singing success was limited, Frazier became an oft-covered songwriter. His tunes were recorded by O.C. Smith, George Jones (who recorded an entire album of Frazier's songs in 1968), Diana Ross, Engelbert Humperdinck, Jerry Lee Lewis, Jack Greene, Connie Smith (who also recorded an entire album of Frazier's songs in 1972), Willie Nelson, Brenda Lee, Carola, Charley Pride, Merle Haggard, Gene Watson, Elvis Presley, Moe Bandy, Roy Head, Charlie Louvin, Rodney Crowell, Dan McCafferty, Poco, and Ronnie Hawkins.

In 1970, Frazier earned his second Grammy nomination for Best Country Song, which is awarded to the songwriter rather than the performer, for "All I Have to Offer You (Is Me), which became a No. 1 hit for Charley Pride. Frazier was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1976.

Many of the songs became hits into the 1980s; examples include the Oak Ridge Boys cover of "Elvira" and Emmylou Harris's version of "Beneath Still Waters". The cover of "Elvira" by the Oak Ridge Boys was a crossover hit, peaking at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Country Singles and Tracks chart and No. 5 on the all genre Billboard Hot 100; and earned Frazier his third Grammy nomination for Best Country song. Anne Murray with Glen Campbell, George Strait, Randy Travis, and Patty Loveless have all also recorded Frazier tunes. Frazier himself charted eight times on the U.S. country chart.

In 1988, however, Frazier retired from songwriting, leaving Nashville to pursue a career in the ministry. From 1999 to 2006, he was Pastor at Grace Community Fellowship in White House, Tennessee. After retiring as pastor in 2006, Frazier returned to his recording career. In 2011, he released the album Writing & Singing Again. He and his wife Sharon live on a farm near Nashville, Tennessee. 

(Edited from Wikipedia & AllMusic)

Tuesday, 26 October 2021

Maggie Roche born 26 October 1951

Maggie Roche (October 26, 1951 – January 21, 2017) was the eldest of the trio of singing sisters the Roches, whose songs bridged the gap between American folk and pop styles. Maggie brought her low alto voice to the harmonies she wove with her sisters, Terre and Suzzy, in her quirky, often funny but always heartfelt songs. 

Maggie grew up in Park Ridge, New Jersey, in an Irish Catholic family, the daughter of John Roche, an actor, and his wife, Jude (nee Jewell). Her father wrote songs for local political candidates, which were sung by the teenage Maggie and Terre. The sisters caught the songwriting bug, performing at school and church functions. Maggie briefly studied at Bard College, New York state. In addition to singing, Maggie played guitar and keyboards, but she often stayed in the shadows. Suzzy described her as a private person, sensitive and shy, but “smart, wickedly funny and authentic”. 

Suzzy, Maggie and Terre

Maggie received her first big break when she and Terre attended a songwriting course led by Paul Simon at New York University in 1970. The experience gave the two sisters added confidence to write and perform, and when looking for a record company they contacted Simon, who used them as backing singers on his 1973 album There Goes Rhymin’ Simon, paid for their music lessons and then helped produce their duo album, Seductive Reasoning (1975). Though Simon recognised their talent, the experience overwhelmed the two sisters, who disappeared for six months to study martial arts. Upon their return, they were joined by Suzzy, performing as a trio at Gerde’s Folk City and elsewhere in Greenwich Village, New York. 

Maggie Roche had an "unusual" contralto voice – "almost a baritone." Terre provided a soprano that brackets the upper range of the sisters, while Suzzy filled in the middle range. While touring, the sisters accompanied themselves with guitars and keyboards, occasionally with additional musicians. The Roches’ reputation spread: the New York Times identified them as leaders of a new folk revival, and they played support to visiting headline acts. 


Robert Fripp of King Crimson admired the women’s unusual songs and style, and when both he and they signed for Warner he was ideally placed to produce the trio’s eponymous first album in 1979. The record, which included Maggie’s songs The Married Men and Hammond Song, established their reputation. The follow-up, Nurds (1980), was surpassed by the more acoustic sound on Keep on Doing (1982), which included their unlikely but often requested arrangement of Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus. 

Although the Roches never broke through to achieve chart success, they took it in their stride, together writing Big Nuthin’ about a television show that was going to change their careers but which turned out to be a “big nuthin’”. When they played it on Johnny Carson’s TV show, he failed to see the joke. Nevertheless, they paved the way for female singer-songwriters in the 1980s and 90s, with Indigo Girls citing them as an early influence; the Roches guested on a couple of Indigo Girls albums. 

Further albums included Another World (1985) and a Christmas record, We Three Kings (1990). Their songs featured on the soundtrack of the film Crossing Delancey (1988), and they provided voiceovers for animated cockroaches in Steven Spielberg’s television cartoon series Tiny Toon Adventures. They toured the UK, appearing at the Cambridge folk festival (1981, 1993) and on BBC’s The Old Grey Whistle Test. They sang on several Loudon Wainwright III albums: he was Suzzy’s partner for a while, and their daughter, Lucy, sang occasionally with the Roches. After a tour interrupted by the death of their father, the Roches released Can We Go Home Now (1995), the last original recording they released as a trio until 2007. 

In 1997, the sisters formally put their group on long-term hold. They continued to work on solo projects and often collaborated on albums and performances. Terre teaches guitar workshops and has released a solo album. Suzzy, who has acted on the stage and in several movies, released two of her own albums and two with Maggie, with whom she toured. All three sisters periodically participated in New York-area events. At the end of 2005, the three Roches (with brother Dave) reunited for a short but successful holiday tour. 

Several more appearances in the U.S. and Canada took place in 2006–07, and in March 2007, after a 12-year hiatus, the Roches released a new studio album, Moonswept. Following the tour for Moonswept, the Roches announced that they would no longer be touring, although they continued to make isolated appearances individually and as a group, mostly in and around New York City. 

On January 21, 2017, Maggie Roche died from breast cancer at the age of 65. 

(Edited from Guardian article by Derek Schofield & Wikipedia)

Monday, 25 October 2021

Helen Reddy born 25 October 1942

Helen Reddy (25 October 1941 – 29 September 2020) was an Australian-American singer, songwriter, author, actress, and activist. The Chicago Tribune declared her the “queen of ‘70s pop”. 

Helen Maxine Lamond Reddy was born on October 25th, 1941, in Melbourne, Australia, the only child of Max Reddy, a writer, producer and actor; and Stella (Lamond) Reddy, an actor whose stage name was Stella Campbell. Her father was in New Guinea, serving in the Australian army, when she was born. The Reddy’s performed on the Australian vaudeville circuit, and Helen began joining them onstage when she was 4. 

At 12, she rebelled by quitting showbusiness and going to live with an aunt while her parents toured. But her financial situation – after an early marriage, parenthood and divorce – persuaded her to return. Reddy had a solid reputation in Australian television and radio when she won a 1966 talent contest sponsored by Bandstand, a Sydney pop-music television show. The prize was a trip to New York City and a record-company audition there. The audition did not pan out, and her career got off to a slow, discouraging start. 

Before Capitol Records signed her in 1970, at least 27 record labels rejected her, and she and her new husband, Jeff Wald, who was now her manager, moved – first to Chicago, then to Los Angeles. 

Reddy’s first hit was a 1971 cover of I Don’t Know How to Love Him, a hit from the award-winning stage show Jesus Christ Superstar.  During the 1970s, three of Reddy’s songs – including Delta Dawn and Angie Baby – went to No 1 on the Billboard chart. Three others – Ain’t No Way to Treat a Lady, You and Me Against the World and Leave Me Alone (Ruby Red Dress) – made the Top 10. 



I Am Woman, which sold more than 25 million copies in the US alone, reached No 1 on the Billboard charts at the end of 1972 (a good six months after it was released and earned her the Grammy Award for best female pop vocal performance. She was the first Australian-born artist to win a Grammy and the first to make the Billboard 100 record charts. She was a frequent guest in the early 1970s on variety, music and talk shows . The Helen Reddy Show (1973) was an eight-episode summer replacement series on NBC.

She made her big-screen debut in the disaster movie Airport 1975 (released in 1974) as a guitar-playing nun who comforts a sick little girl (Linda Blair) on an almost certainly doomed 747. Reddy always liked to point out that Gloria Swanson and Myrna Loy were also in the cast. That was followed by a starring role in the Disney movie Pete’s Dragon (1977), as a sceptical New England lighthouse keeper who doubts an orphaned boy’s stories about his animated fire-breathing pet. 

Helen with Jeff Wald

By the 1980s, her glory days were largely in the past, and she was bored. “I remember the Vegas days when it was two shows a night, seven nights a week,” she told The Chicago Tribune in 2013, “and it became so rote that I’d be thinking about wallpaper while I was singing.”  She had a busy stage career, starring in productions of Anything Goes, Call Me Madam and Shirley Valentine in England and the US. The last Helen Reddy song to make the American charts was I Can’t Say Goodbye to You (1981), and Imagination (1983) was her last album. Her final screen appearance was in The Perfect Host (2010), a crime comedy with David Hyde Pierce. 

When Reddy retired in 2002, she meant business, going back to school, getting a degree in clinical hypnotherapy and practising as a therapist and motivational speaker. In 2006, Reddy was inducted in to the Australian Recording Industry Association Hall of Fame. In 2012, she announced a comeback and made several concert appearances in the United States before retiring again. In a 2013 interview, Reddy seemed philosophical. “I am at the age where I can just kick back and say what a wonderful life I’ve had,” she told The Sydney Morning Herald. And she laughed when one very familiar question came up: whether she was nervous the first time she went onstage. “I don’t remember the first time I went onstage,” she said. 

Reddy married and divorced three times. In 1961, she married Kenneth Claude Weate, an older musician who was a family friend. They had a daughter and divorced in 1966. In 1968, she married Wald, and they had a son. They separated in 1981, when he checked into a treatment facility for cocaine addiction, and divorced two years later. That same year, she married Milton Ruth, a drummer in her band. They divorced in 1995. 

It was reported in 2015 that Reddy was suffering from Addison’s disease and dementia and was being cared for at the Motion Picture and Television Fund’s Samuel Goldwyn Center for Behavioral Health in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, where she died on 29 September 2020. 

(Edited from The Irish Times & Variety)

Sunday, 24 October 2021

Sonny Terry born 24 October 1911

Saunders Terrell (October 24, 1911 – March 11, 1986), known as Sonny Terry, was an American Piedmont blues and folk musician who was known for his energetic blues harmonica style, which frequently included vocal whoops and hollers and occasionally imitations of trains and fox hunts.

Terry was born Saunders Terrell in Greensboro, Georgia. His father, a farmer, taught him to play basic blues harp as a youth. He sustained injuries to his eyes and went blind by the time he was 16, which prevented him from doing farm work, and was forced to play music in order to earn a living. Terry played "Campdown Races" to the plow horses which improved the efficiency of farming in the area. 

Realizing his eyesight would keep him from pursuing a profession in farming, Terry decided instead to be a blues singer. He began travelling to nearby Raleigh and Durham, North Carolina, performing on street corners for tips. In 1934, he befriended the popular guitarist Blind Boy Fuller. Fuller convinced Terry to move to Durham, where the two immediately gained a strong local following. 

By 1937, they were offered an opportunity to go to New York to record for the Vocalion label. A year later, Terry would be back in New York taking part in John Hammond's legendary Spirituals to Swing concert, where he performed one of his memorable tunes, "Mountain Blues." Upon returning to Durham, Terry continued playing regularly with Fuller and also met his future partner, guitarist Brownie McGhee, who would accompany Terry off and on for the next two decades.

In 1938, Terry was invited to play at Carnegie Hall for the first From Spirituals to Swing concert, and later that year he recorded for the Library of Congress. He recorded his first commercial sides in 1940. Some of his most famous works include "Old Jabo", a song about a man bitten by a snake, and "Lost John", which demonstrates his amazing breath control. 

Following Fuller's death in 1941, Terry and McGhee moved to New York. The change proved fruitful as they immediately found steady work, playing concerts both as a duo and solo. Despite their fame as "pure" folk artists, in the 1940s Terry and McGhee fronted a jump blues combo with honking saxophone and rolling piano, which was variously billed as Brownie McGhee and his Jook House Rockers or Sonny Terry and his Buckshot Five.


Terry became an in-demand session player who started showing up regularly on the records of folk luminaries including Lead Belly, Woody Guthrie, and Pete Seeger. An acting role was also initiated at this time, in the long-running Broadway production of Finian's Rainbow in 1946.  Terry & McGhee became well known among white audiences during the folk music revival of the 1950s and 1960s. This included collaborations with Styve Homnick, Woody Guthrie and Moses Asch, producing classic recordings for Folkways Records (now Smithsonian/Folkways).

In the early '60s, the duo performed at numerous folk and blues festivals around the world, while Terry found time to work with singer Harry Belafonte and in television commercials. Terry was constantly travelling throughout the '70s, stopping only long enough to write his instructional book The Harp Styles of Sonny Terry.

It was by the mid-'70s, that the strain of being on the road developed into personal problems between McGhee and Terry. Unfortunately, they resigned their long partnership, divided by the bitterness of constant touring. Terry was still being discovered by a younger blues generation via the Johnny Winter-produced album Whoopin' for the Alligator label, featuring Winter and Willie Dixon. Winter had produced a comeback album for Muddy Waters (Hard Again) that helped rejuvenate his career, and he was attempting the same with Terry. By the '80s, Terry's age was catching up with him. He quit recording and only accepted sporadic live appearances.

Terry and McGhee were both recipients of a 1982 National Heritage Fellowship awarded by the National Endowment for the Arts, which is the United States government's highest honor in the folk and traditional arts.That year's fellowships were the first bestowed by the NEA. 

Terry died of natural causes in Mineola, New York in March 1986. He was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in the same year. 

(Edited from Wikipedia & AllMusic) 


Saturday, 23 October 2021

Angèle Durand born 23 October 1925

Angèle Durand (23 October 1925 - 22 December 2001) was a Belgian singer and actress. Durand was a popular singer in Germany during the early 1950s. 

Angèle Durand was born as Angèle Caroline Liliane Josette Marie-José De Geest in Antwerp, Belgium. She was the daughter of a diamond merchant and a ballet dancer. Her grandmother was a well known Wagner interpreter. At 15, Angèle made her stage debut as a singer. In a dress borrowed from her aunt she won the second place in a talent competition in the Rubens Paleis (Rubens Palace Theater) in Antwerp. Her voice was dark and typical. 

She got engagements for the radio, first in Brussels, later for the American station AFN in Stuttgart, Germany. In 1950 she replaced a singer of the legendary Duke Ellington Band during a concert in Brussels. Soon after this successful performance, she made an extended European tour with Ellington. She got more engagements for variety and radio shows in Germany, and in 1950she had her first hit in both Belgium and Germany with C'est si bon. 

The following year she also made her first film appearance in the film Die Mitternachtsvenus/Midnight Venus (1951, Ferdinand Dörfler) starring Theo Lingen. In 1951 she met her later husband Nils Nobach, who would become her producer. She appeared in the German success comedy Käpt'n Bay-Bay (1953, Helmut Käutner) as the partner of Hans Albers. Her song So ist Paris (1956) became another international hit. In 1957 she was together with Maurice Chevalier one of the stars of Tivoli in Copenhagen. She also performed in variety shows with stars like Zarah Leander, Edith Piaf and Josephine Baker. 


In both 1956 and 1960 she was a contestant of the German pre-selection for the Eurovision Song Contest. In 1960, together with Rex Gildo, she sang the duet Abitur der Liebe. From 1958 till 1961 she was married with producer Nils Nobach. After their divorce she had a new big hit with Ja ich bin die tolle Frau. 

During a tour she met the Dutch entertainer Lou van Burg, who became her lifepartner, but when she also became his manager her first career as a pop singer ended. In the 1970’s after their separation and an interlude as a restaurant operator, she returned to the stage as an actress and musical star in the 1970s. 

She appeared in Germany and France in musicals as Anatevka, Dreigroschenoper (Three Penny Opera) and Hello Dolly, and also made a solo program, Das Theater und ich (The theater and me). In 1976 she appeared in the documentary Ich bin ein Antistar - Das skandalöse Leben der Evelyn Künneke/I'm an Antistar (1976, Rosa von Praunheim), about the life and career of the German singer Evelyn Künneke. 

In 1977 Durand’s song Chanson d'amour (1958) would become a huge hit in a new version of the group Manhattan Transfer. She often was seen on radio and TV, like in an episode of the popular Krimi series Tatort (1982). Until the end of the 90s she was a welcome guest at gala events and toured across Germany with her solo theater program. On December 22, 2001 she died as a result of a serious illness in Augsburg, Germany. She was 76. 

(Edited from Film & Wikipedia)

Thursday, 21 October 2021

Yvonne Fair born 21 October 1942

Flora Yvonne Fair Strain (née Coleman; October 21, 1942 – March 6, 1994), known professionally as Yvonne Fair, was an American singer, best known for her 1975 recording of "It Should Have Been Me". 

Flora Yvonne Coleman was born in Richmond, Virginia on October 12, 1942. She dropped out of high school in the eleventh grade to marry Leroy Fair, and gave birth to their son shortly after. At the recommendation of her husband, she joined the Chantels and then the James Brown Revue in 1961. While performing with Brown, she recorded "I Found You", which he later re-worked into his own signature hit "I Got You (I Feel Good)". Between 1962 and 1966, Yvonne recorded 5 singles with the James Brown Band, for the King Records imprint. 

Yvonne and James Brown

After stays at the Smash and Soul Records imprints (in the late Sixties), she later linked up with Chuck Jackson who took her to Motown Records. Fair had a small part as a singer in the Motown produced film Lady Sings the Blues (1972). While on Motown, she was the opening act for the Temptations, the Jackson 5, Marvin Gaye, and Stevie Wonder. Fair worked with producer Norman Whitfield on a series of singles: "Love Ain't No Toy", "Walk Out the Door If You Wanna", and her cover version of "Funky Music Sho' 'Nuff Turns Me On". All these featured on her only album in 1975 titled The Bitch Is Black, which was re-released on CD for the first time more than 30 years later. A talent sadly underappreciated who deserved better at Motown . 


Her cover of "It Should Have Been Me" reached the low end of the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1976. The track proved a big hit in the UK, where it climbed to number 5 in February 1976, Fair's only UK hit record. In addititon, the song featured in a special episode of BBC TV programme The Vicar of Dibley, entitled "The Handsome Stranger", and broadcast on 25 December 2006. 

By the 1980s, Fair had retired from recording, occasionally singing in small clubs and bars around Los Angeles. She worked as Dionne Warwick's wardrobe coordinator. In 1991, Fair appeared on a TV movie called Mr. Roadrunner, starring Jools Holland and Stephen Fry, lip-synching her signature song, "It Should Have Been Me". 

Fair died at the age of 51, from pancreatic cancer in Las Vegas, Nevada, on March 6, 1994 and was interred at the Davis Memorial Park, Las Vegas. 

Yvonne was married to Leroy Fair and later to Sammy Strain, who was a member of both Little Anthony and the Imperials and the O'Jays. Strain is one of the few artists in music history that is a double Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee, having been inducted with the O'Jays in 2005, and the Imperials in 2009. 

Fair had two children: Leroy Fair Jr. with her husband Leroy Fair and Venisha Brown with James Brown. Her daughter Venisha Brown struggled with drug addiction and died from complications from pneumonia at the age of 53 in 2018. 

(Edited from Wikipedia) 

Wednesday, 20 October 2021

Roy Young born 20 October 1934


Roy Frederick Young (20 October 1934 – 27 April 2018) was a British rock and roll singer, pianist and keyboard player. He first recorded in the late 1950s before performing in Hamburg with the Beatles. After a stint with Cliff Bennett and the Rebel Rousers, he released several albums with his own band as well as recording with Chuck Berry and David Bowie, among others. 

Young was born in Poplar, East London and moved with his family to Oxford at the age of seven. He got intrigued with piano music after hearing records of Pete Johnson, Albert Ammons, Meade Lux Lewis, Sugar Chile Robinson, Charlie Kunz. His mother Lily was a well-known pub pianist in the city. From the age of 8 years old he taught himself how to play boogie-woogie piano at home and in snooker clubs. A talented snooker player from a young age, he represented Oxford in England's youth championship and became close friends with 1981 world champion Cliff Thorburn. 

At the age of 14, when he left South Oxford School in St Aldate's, he began performing around Oxford, most frequently at the Carpenters Arms in Cowley. He later joined the Merchant Navy where he travelled the world and performed many shows for crews and passengers. While in Australia, he saw the film Blackboard Jungle, and, after returning to England, began a career as a professional singer and musician. 

Roy with Cliff Richard & Hank Marvin

In 1958 he auditioned successfully for Jack Good's TV show Oh Boy!, singing and playing piano in the style of Little Richard, and performed regularly on other British TV pop music shows including Drumbeat, where he was backed by the John Barry Seven, and Boy Meets Girls. Billed as Roy "Rock 'em" Young, he recorded his first single, "Just Keep It Up" / "Big Fat Mama" in 1959 for Fontana Records. He released several more singles on the Fontana and Ember labels over the next two years, but they were not commercial successes. Young performed at the 2i's Coffee Bar in Soho, and toured the UK and Ireland with Cliff Richard and the Shadows, among others. 


In 1961, he began working at the Top Ten Club in Hamburg, where he played with Tony Sheridan and the Beat Brothers, who briefly included Ringo Starr, and recorded with Sheridan. He then won a contract to play at the rival Star-Club, where he met the Beatles, and began performing with them in spring 1962. 

Roy with The Beatles

According to Young, Brian Epstein offered him a place in the group once they had returned to England and signed a record contract, but Young turned down the offer because he had a contract with the Star-Club. 

Roy with Cliff Bennett

Young returned to England in 1964 and joined Cliff Bennett and the Rebel Rousers – also managed by Epstein – as their keyboard player and second vocalist, regularly duetting with Bennett on covers of Sam and Dave songs, including "I Take What I Want" and "Hold On, I'm Comin'". The group toured with the Beatles in 1966, and Young featured on their hit version of the Beatles' "Got To Get You Into My Life", produced by Paul McCartney. 

Roy with Little Richard

He continued with the Rebel Rousers until they split up in 1969, and then formed the Roy Young Band, who released two albums, The Roy Young Band (1971) and Mr. Funky (1972); band members included Dennis Elliott, later of Foreigner and Onnie McIntyre, later of the Average White Band. The band backed Chuck Berry on tour. in 1971, under his own name, Young recorded the song "Baby, You're Good For Me," written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, for the Albert Finney film, Gumshoe. 

In 1976, Young recorded with David Bowie for the album Low, which was released the following year. Young had been married twice, having a daughter with Sheila Ramsden and a son and a daughter with Antje Gatke. In 1976 he moved to Canada to be with Carol Kerr, whom he married in 1979. While there he both managed and worked with Long John Baldry. He toured the US in the 1980s with Ian Hunter and Mick Ronson, and performed at Star-Club reunion concerts with Tony Sheridan, Howie Casey and Johnny Gustafson. 

When he returned with Carol to the UK in 2007, they settled in Oxford. Young set about re-establishing himself with an album of new songs, Still Young, featuring songs written by Dennis Morgan. In 2006, Roy guested at the Casbah Club in 2012, and in 2013 he played at the Cavern Club. He also supervised two career retrospectives, The Best Of 50 Years (2009) and Roy Rock ’Em Young (2012). 

Roy passed away in a Oxfordshire nursing home on 27 April 2018, at the age of 83. 

(Edited mainly from Wikipedia & The Daily Beatle)