Tony Christie

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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.

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