Today’s song is ‘Why’. This song was sung by Anthony Newly who lived between 24 September 1931 and 14 April 1999). Anthony Newly was an English actor, singer and songwriter and he achieved success as a performer in such diverse fields as rock and roll and stage and screen acting. As a recording artist, he enjoyed a dozen Top 40 entries on the ‘UK Singles Chart’ between 1959 and 1962, including two Number 1 hits. The ‘Guinness Book of British Hit Singles and Albums’ described Newley as " being among the most innovative UK acts of the early rock years before moving into musicals and cabaret". Anthony Newley was inducted into the ‘Songwriters Hall of Fame’ in 1989.
Anthony Newly was thrice married. His second and more famous marriage, with whom he had one daughter and one son was the film star, Joan Collins. Newley died on 14 April 1999, in Jensen Beach, Florida, from renal cancer at the age of 67. He had first been diagnosed with cancer in 1985, and it returned in 1997 and spread to his lungs and liver He was said to have died in the arms of his companion, the designer Gina Fratini.
I dedicate my song today to my Facebook friend Gerardine Pang from Singapore and her husband, Richard. My wife Sheila and Gerardine were classmates in their school, ‘The Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus’ between 1969-74. Gerardine was the school prefect during her final year, and she was an accomplished guitarist and led the singing in assembly. If she ever stuck chewing gum beneath her desk or ever acted improperly behind the school bicycle shed, Sheila is revealing nothing. Sheila said adamantly ‘What happened in the Singapore convent school stayed in the Singapore Convent school’. No dirt to disclose there then; or is there?
Gerardine incurred cancer three years ago and required chemotherapy and radiotherapy, and now seems clear. Thank you for being my Facebook friend, Gerardine and one of my wife, Sheila’s, lifelong friends. Have a wonderful day, Gerardine. Love Bill and Sheila x
Love and peace Bill xxx