Friends record song tribute to late Deep Purple tour guru
Single will be officially launched at Jordans Village Fair in aid of cancer charities
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.