Tony Christie has been making music since 1970. His most famous hit, (Is This The Way To) Amarillo, shot to number one in 2005 when he re-released it almost 35 years on with comic Peter Kay. Having recently celebrated his 75th birthday and
50th wedding anniversary,
Tony tells us about being a grandpa and his secret to a happy marriage.
How do you take your tea?
I’m a Tetley man. I have semi-skimmed milk, but I do like it strong.
Who would be your ideal guest for tea?
It’d have to be
Spike Milligan. I was very fortunate to meet him a few times. He was a comic genius.
You’re going on an upclose-and-personal tour. How are you feeling?
Yeah, I’m getting away from the main cities I usually do and going to go to the smaller places I’ve never been to. It’ll be interesting. I’m excited!
Could you believe how successful Amarillo was second time round?
No, I thought it was just a bit of fun – but, because of it, we came back from living in Spain so I could work and promote it, and we
decided to stay.
You recently marked both your 50th wedding anniversary and 75th birthday. How did you celebrate?
We had all the family round for my birthday – the kids and the grandkids – and had a sip of wine! For our anniversary, we went to my daughter’s over in Brussels, where I’ve got three grandchildren, too.
Do you enjoy being a grandpa?
Yeah, I do, actually. I give more time to them than I could my own kids. They were growing up was when I was touring, so a lot of the time I was in Australia, New Zealand or the Far East, and could spend weeks and weeks away at a time, so I have more time to give to my grandkids now.
How do you achieve the milestone of a golden wedding anniversary?
I was very fortunate that I found the girl of my dreams and that was that. I knew straightaway, it was love at first sight. She saw me working on-stage and
I saw her in the audience, and that was it.
Tony Christie will be performing two intimate, up-close gigs at St Pancras Old Church, Camden, London NW1, on 21 and 22 June.