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PREST­WICH-BORN key­boardist VIC

EMER­SON (b.c.1949) had played in cin­e­mas and on the club cir­cuit be­fore join­ing spir­i­tual prog band Man­dal­a­band. In 1976 he co-founded Manch­ester soft rock­ers Sad Café, re­main­ing with them for five long­play­ers and co-writ­ing 1979’s com­mer­cial zenith, the Num­ber 3 hit Ev­ery Day Hurts, be­fore he de­parted in 1984. He also played on 10cc’s Ten Out Of 10 (1981) and Win­dows In The Jun­gle (1983) al­bums. A long-time res­i­dent of France, in 2000 he took part in a Sad Café re­union after the sud­den death of their vo­cal­ist Paul Young.

BASSIST AL JAMES (b.1946) was, along­side vo­cal­ist Dave Bartram and drum­mer Romeo Chal­lenger, a mem­ber of Choise, who joined forces with the Golden Ham­mers group to co-found long-run­ning Le­ices­ter rock’n’roll re­vival­ists Showad­dy­waddy in 1973. Com­ing to na­tional at­ten­tion on the TV tal­ent show New Faces, the group went on to have 15 Top 20 hits from 1974 to 1979, in­clud­ing the 1976 Num­ber 1 cover of Cur­tis Lee’s Un­der The Moon Of Love. Still a live draw after the hits dried

up – James said his favourite gig was the Glas­gow Apollo – he re­tired in 2008.

SKA/ROCKSTEADY voice NOR­RIS WEIR (b.1946) was a mem­ber of The Mer­ri­coles, who changed their name to The Ja­maicans when they recorded sin­gles for Duke Reid. Their first suc­cess came in 1967 with Things You Say You Love: the same year they won the na­tional Fes­ti­val Song Con­test with BaBa Boom, which Weir co-wrote. Later sin­gles in­cluded Are You Mine?, I Be­lieve In Mu­sic and Black Girl, later reprised by Boney M for their 1978 hit Brown Girl In The Ring. Weir later be­came an evan­ge­list.

BASSIST JOSH FAUVER (below, b.1979) joined mav­er­ick At­lanta in­die rock­ers Deer­hunter in 2004. In 2013, band front­man Brad­ford Cox noted that ex-mem­bers of his band tended to meet “hor­ri­ble fates”. Sadly, this now ex­tends to Fauver, who left the band in 2012 just prior to the record­ing of the Mono­ma­nia al­bum (Cox main­tains Fauver never told him why) after play­ing

on its four pre­de­ces­sors. Sub­se­quently the pop­u­lar mu­si­cian fo­cused on his la­bel, Army Of Bad Luck, re­leas­ing records by Plea­sure Cruise, Bat­tle­cat and Fi­nally Punk, and a solo project, Diet Cola.

SINGER BABS BEV­ER­LEY (left, b. Ba­bette Chin­ery, 1927) was one third of sib­ling group the Bev­er­ley Sis­ters, along with her sur­viv­ing twin Ted­die and older sis­ter Joy. Brought up in Beth­nal Green in east Lon­don, the sis­ters starred as “Bon­nie Ba­bies” in wartime Oval­tine ad­verts, had their own TV show and went on to be one of the most suc­cess­ful har­mony groups of the 1950s, with hits in­clud­ing I Saw Mommy Kiss­ing Santa Claus, Lit­tle Drum­mer Boy and Lit­tle Don­key. Babs and her sis­ters were made MBEs in 2006.

REG­GAE VOICE TREVOR McNAUGHTON (b.1941) was a found­ing mem­ber of The Melo­di­ans, one of the most pop­u­lar groups of the rocksteady era. Born in Green­wich Farm, Ja­maica in 1941, he formed the group with Brent Dowe and Tony Brevett in 1963, record­ing with pro­ducer Duke Reid at Trea­sure Isle be­tween 1966 and ‘68. Two of their most fa­mous songs, Sweet Sen­sa­tion and By The Rivers Of Baby­lon, fea­ture on the sound­track to

The Harder They Come, the lat­ter be­com­ing a wed­ding re­cep­tion smash for Boney M in ‘78. As the last sur­viv­ing mem­ber, McNaughton con­tin­ued to lead The Melo­di­ans, re­leas­ing a fi­nal al­bum in 2017.

BARCELONA-BORN so­prano and in­ter­na­tional opera star MONTSER­RAT

CA­BALLÉ (below, b.1933) grew up in poverty dur­ing the Span­ish Civil war era. Her young tal­ent was nur­tured by a bene­fac­tor who paid for her to at­tend the city’s Liceu Con­ser­va­tori where she won a gold medal in 1954, go­ing on to be­come one of opera’s most revered singers. When ar­dent ad­mirer Fred­die Mer­cury asked her to work with him on a theme for the 1992 Olympics, their col­lab­o­ra­tion be­came the 1988 al­bum Barcelona, and her cross­over suc­cess was as­sured.


(b.1954) was best known in­ter­na­tion­ally as the com­poser of the Stra­to­cast­er­shred­ding theme to 1994 film Once Were War­riors, which he also ap­peared in. The self-pro­claimed “speed king of NZ gui­tar” was born in Toko­maru Bay, north of Gis­borne, played the ‘70s club cir­cuit with his own Tama Band and was go-to gui­tarist

for a range of NZ artists be­fore mak­ing his own recorded de­but, Work­shop, in 1989. He was in­ducted into the New Zealand Mu­sic Hall of Fame in 2012 for his mem­ber­ship of NZ reg­gae leg­ends Herbs.

PO­LIT­I­CAL SINGER, hu­man­i­tar­ian and dis­tin­guished so­ci­ol­o­gist ROY BAI­LEY (b.1935) be­gan his singing life in the folk clubs of the south coast, per­form­ing with his wife Val. Em­bold­ened by the ’60s’ cul­tural fer­ment, he would be­come, in the words of his col­lab­o­ra­tor politi­cian Tony Benn, “the great­est so­cial­ist folk singer of his gen­er­a­tion”, singing of class con­scious­ness, anti-mil­i­tarism and the strug­gle against in­jus­tice. He would per­form with Pete Seeger, Billy Bragg and Benn, with whom he re­leased the 2004 live CD The Writ­ing On The Wall, and also found suc­cess in the ‘70s when he formed the group The Band Of Hope with Martin Carthy and Dave Swar­brick. He was awarded an MBE in 2000 and re­turned it six years later in protest at UK for­eign pol­icy. His last pub­lic ap­pear­ance was in Sh­effield, cel­e­brat­ing his 83rd birth­day in Oc­to­ber. Jenny Bul­ley, Danny Ec­cle­ston and Clive Prior

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