jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG 16th June 2020
CORONABOBS ISOLATION DAY 91 – Diary of a Self-Isolator Sunday 14th June 2020
Ricky Valance dead: Legendary ‘Tell Laura I Love Her’ Welsh singer dies aged 84
Welsh singer Ricky Valance has died aged 84 following a battle against dementia.
An agent for the Tell Laura I Love Her star confirmed the sad news on Friday.
Ricky was born in Ynysddu, Monmouthshire, Wales in April 1939 and was named David Spencer and began a career in music after initially serving in the military.
His single Tell Laura I Love Her was a number one hit in 1960, and released songs in the ‘60s, ’70s and ‘80s – while a re-release of his song was released in 2016 to mark it’s 55th anniversary.
The BBC report his agent announcing on Friday: “[Ricky] had been diagnosed with dementia and had been in hospital since before the start of lockdown.”
Tell Laura I Love Her was a controversial song upon its release – with the lyrics detailing the story of a boy called Tommy who loved a girl called Laura.
The track spent 16 weeks in the charts – three of which were at the number one spot.
Although he enjoyed success with the single, only two of his other songs reached the UK top 50.
Ricky is survived by his wife, Evelyn, and the two lived in Skegness in Lincolnshire since 2015.
He had previously lived in Spain where he performed on the Costa Blanca.
Fans of the singer have taken to social media to mourn his passing. One fan tweeted: “Ricky Valance, RIP. Great singer from Wales. His Tell Laura I love her song was tear jerking.”
While another commented: “Another one gone. RIP. Hope Laura is waiting for you.”
I bought this record when it was released in 1960. The record was banned by the BBC due to its content. I was 11 years old at the time. I thought I was such a rebel buying the record. Coupled with people talked of it being valuable in years to come because it had been banned. I knew it was an investment that would make me a millionaire.
The trouble was everyone had the same idea. That took the record to No.1 and meant there are so many copies around that it is not valuable.
Recently I wrote a series of stories “After The Record Was Over” telling what happened to the characters in popular hit songs after the song ended. “Tell Laura I Love Her” was one of these. Read it here: TELL LAURA I LOVE HER
We walked 3.5 miles Sunday.
In the evening we watched a superb film: “No Where Boy”. A chronicle of John Lennon’s first years, focused mainly in his adolescence and his relationship with his stern aunt Mimi, who raised him, and his absentee mother Julia, who re-entered his life at a crucial moment in his young life.
Director: Sam Taylor-Johnson (as Sam Taylor-Wood)
Writer: Matt Greenhalgh (screenplay)
Stars: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Kristin Scott Thomas, Anne-Marie Duff
Production Budget £1.2 million – Box office $6.6 million
I was just lost in it, just super. And wonderful music (not Beatles music).
The drama tells the story of John Lennon’s teenage years from 1955 to 1960.
John was separated from his mother, Julia Lennon, when he was five. He was brought up by his aunt and uncle, Mimi and George Smith, as their own son. He learns the truth at George’s funeral, becomes curious and seeks out his mother. John becomes obsessed with rock ‘n’ roll music during a visit to Blackpool with Julia.
When John is suspended from school, Julia offers to let him stay at her house during school hours so that Mimi won’t discover his suspension. Julia teaches John how to play the banjo. Mimi discovers their arrangement and demands that it stop, but John refuses and moves in with Julia. A week later, John overhears an argument between Julia and her husband, and he decides to return to Mimi.
John tells Mimi that he wants to start a rock ‘n’ roll band and she buys him a guitar. John organizes some of his friends into a band which he names the Quarrymen. They play their first gig at a village fête, where they play a rendition of “Maggie Mae”. After the show, John meets Paul McCartney, who auditions for the band with the song “Twenty Flight Rock”. Paul is accepted into the band and he and John begin writing songs together. The Quarrymen soon become very popular. John meets Paul’s friend, George Harrison, who also auditions. George is accepted into the band as lead guitarist.
Julia holds a birthday party for John at her home. After the party, John confronts her about his missing father, Alf Lennon, and asks why Julia gave him up. He also confronts Mimi, who tells him that Julia cheated on Alf and refused to work on the marriage. Alf allowed 5-year-old John to decide whom he wanted to live with, and John chose his father. Alf planned to move with John to New Zealand, but when Julia abandoned the family, John was torn by his devotion to his mother. Without the time or money to legally determine custody, Mimi assumed custodianship of John and raised him as her son. John is upset by this revelation, and leaves in anger.
John moves out to live on his own. Over time, John accepts his past and Julia and Mimi become friendly. When Julia is hit and killed by a car, however, John is consumed by an anger that he cannot overcome. Two years later, he asks Mimi for his passport so that he can travel to Hamburg with his newly formed band, The Beatles. Mimi asks John to call her as soon as he arrives in Hamburg. The film ends with the caption, “John phoned Mimi as soon as he arrived in Hamburg…and every week thereafter for the rest of his life.”
DON’T FORGET TO LAUGH EVERYDAY ESPECIALLY WHILST IN ISOLATION
INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY
We will rise again, better than we were before.
Happiness is…listening to records again that were No.1 when you were 11 years old
GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY
“Did you hear about the guy who invented the knock-knock joke? He won the ‘no-bell’ prize.”
Love is…made up of so many little things
5 Things To Be Grateful For During Lockdown/Coronavirus
We are grateful Lockdown gives us a time…
- A time for sad records…A time for happy records
- A time for 60s records…A time for modern tracks
- A time to listen to the story as told on the record…A time to think about what happened after the record ended.
- A time for thunderstorms…A time for the superb summer sun to shine
- A time to shop on the High Street…A time to shop on line
TOTAL STAIRWAY TO EVERST CLIMB CHALLENGE
DAY 71 16 Times – 144 Feet Cumulative Total 10,728 Feet
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