Friends record song trib­ute to late Deep Pur­ple tour guru

Sin­gle will be of­fi­cially launched at Jor­dans Vil­lage Fair in aid of can­cer char­i­ties

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

Nick Bell was a blues gui­tarist, singer and ’70s tour man­ager for Badfin­ger and Deep Pur­ple but his life was cut short in March this year at the age of 65 af­ter a brave bat­tle against pancreatic can­cer.

Mr Bell had spent many years based in Southend, Es­sex, be­fore re­tir­ing to his home in Jor­dans.

His best friend Richard Cornish, a key­board player for ‘90s dance band Taste Xpe­ri­ence, will re­lease a song he recorded with Nick in 2013 as a trib­ute to his friend and a way of rais­ing money and aware­ness for two can­cer char­i­ties.

Both char­i­ties are close to Richard’s heart as his wife Rachael is cur­rently fight­ing a rare can­cer – and it was Nick who in­tro­duced the cou­ple.

Mu­si­cians from Mr Bell’s Southend-based band The Reeced­ers were keen to get in­volved too, as was Taste Xpe­ri­ence pro­ducer Rus­sell Lee.

Other friends have also given their time help­ing with the art­work, CD de­sign and pro­mo­tion to make sure all money raised by the sales of the CD go straight to the two wor­thy causes.

Mr Cornish said: “The sin­gle is a thank you to the hos­pice who cared so well for Nick and his fam­ily in his last few weeks of his life. I also wanted to raise aware­ness about my wife Rachael’s rare bile duct can­cer – cholan­gio­car­ci­noma – which af­fects around 1,000 peo­ple a year in the UK.

“The song Fool­ish Though It Seems is about Rachael and was writ­ten shortly be­fore we got mar­ried in May 2013.

“It was through our friend­ship with Nick that we met in 2011. It was a match made in heaven, a sec­ond chance at hap­pi­ness nei­ther had ever dreamed would be pos­si­ble.

“For our story to have be­gun un­der the god­fa­ther-like eyes of Nick, it seemed only fit­ting that the song cho­sen to com­mem­o­rate him was one we had recorded to­gether in our stu­dio all those years ago.”

The sin­gle will be re­leased at Jor­dans vil­lage fair on June 11 at 2pm.

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Nick Bell’s Fool­ish Though It Seems will be launched this week­end.

Nick Bell

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