"The Last Farewell" was always on the car radio when I was a kid.
Roger Whittaker is dead to me.
|by Anonymous||reply 41||September 22, 2023 9:36 PM|
I think every little girl in the 1970s was lulled to sleep by Daddy with this tune. It's a playlist staple for me to this day. I can't imagine today's charts inviting such a character with such a song.
|by Anonymous||reply 1||September 18, 2023 9:17 PM|
My mom and her friends would be so upset...but they're all dead.
|by Anonymous||reply 2||September 18, 2023 9:41 PM|
He was HUGE in Canada
|by Anonymous||reply 3||September 18, 2023 9:43 PM|
Roger would be so upset.
But he's dead.
|by Anonymous||reply 4||September 18, 2023 9:44 PM|
I thought he died years ago.
|by Anonymous||reply 5||September 18, 2023 9:44 PM|
I've always liked Durham Town.
|by Anonymous||reply 6||September 18, 2023 9:46 PM|
Any relation to Forrest?
|by Anonymous||reply 7||September 18, 2023 9:51 PM|
Never heard of him but sounds like some people will miss him.
|by Anonymous||reply 8||September 18, 2023 9:52 PM|
Was he ever top 40 in the US?
|by Anonymous||reply 9||September 18, 2023 10:15 PM|
r9 I just used google for that same question
|by Anonymous||reply 10||September 18, 2023 10:21 PM|
I know the name from those long commercials for his greatest hits collection that used to air at night on the New York cable channels.
|by Anonymous||reply 11||September 18, 2023 10:34 PM|
He had a *sound*.
|by Anonymous||reply 12||September 18, 2023 10:37 PM|
He's no Slim Whitman.
|by Anonymous||reply 13||September 18, 2023 10:37 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 14||September 18, 2023 10:39 PM|
OMG, R3, that takes me back to having to listen to that song in music class.
|by Anonymous||reply 15||September 18, 2023 10:43 PM|
Makes me sad. My dad LOVED RW and I grew to too...he passed away when I was 2 weeks short of 13, and anytime I hear him, melancholy hits me like a truck. Maybe he can get his own concert now. RIP Roger, thanks for the beautiful music.
|by Anonymous||reply 16||September 18, 2023 10:54 PM|
I really feel we should check in on Nana Mouskouri.
|by Anonymous||reply 17||September 18, 2023 10:55 PM|
This one I think was his most well known.
|by Anonymous||reply 18||September 18, 2023 10:57 PM|
[quote]I thought he died years ago.
He did. But they’re just getting around to announcing it now.
|by Anonymous||reply 19||September 18, 2023 11:00 PM|
I swear he was old in the 1970’s. But I guess he was only in his late 30’s-40’s.
|by Anonymous||reply 20||September 18, 2023 11:05 PM|
I'd come home from school to him and John Denver playing on my parent's old record player. My mom would listen to them while doing housework with no kids around.
|by Anonymous||reply 21||September 18, 2023 11:18 PM|
Aww, he was wonderful RIP. He was my DL deadpool choice for several years. Looks like I was eventually right. Love his song "New World In The Morning".
|by Anonymous||reply 22||September 19, 2023 1:26 AM|
I'm 56 and I had never heard "The Last Farewell" until I just looked it up on Youtube. Soothing music, not very catchy, though.
|by Anonymous||reply 23||September 19, 2023 2:00 AM|
He was old 40 years ago.
|by Anonymous||reply 24||September 19, 2023 2:04 AM|
Too bad, RIP
|by Anonymous||reply 25||September 19, 2023 2:05 AM|
He's jamming with Gordon Lightfoot now.
|by Anonymous||reply 26||September 19, 2023 2:12 AM|
Between slim whitman and the dude with the magic greek flute Roger was a steady advertiser on local tv.
|by Anonymous||reply 27||September 19, 2023 3:52 AM|
[quote] the dude with the magic greek flute
Magic *Romanian* flute!
|by Anonymous||reply 28||September 19, 2023 11:16 AM|
here's the late night tv ad
|by Anonymous||reply 29||September 19, 2023 11:20 AM|
I said before, it's been a rough year for the modern troubadours. Somebody find Paul Simon and wrap him in bubble wrap.
|by Anonymous||reply 30||September 19, 2023 11:34 AM|
[quote] I thought he died years ago.
Same here, as others said when I was a kid I thought he could be my grandfather. And I’m 53.
[quote] I really feel we should check in on Nana Mouskouri.
Hah! My dad, who played the guitar, had Nana’s albums as well as RW’s and Gordon Lightfoot’s and the song sheets for their music.
|by Anonymous||reply 31||September 19, 2023 11:50 AM|
Yes, I, too. thought he died just a few years ago. Some great songs!
|by Anonymous||reply 32||September 19, 2023 12:07 PM|
Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, Whittaker had success in Germany, with German language songs produced by Nick Munro. Unable to speak German, Whittaker sang the songs phonetically. He appeared on German television and was on the UK Top of the Pops show several times in the 1970s. Whittaker's German-language songs were not initially well received by some critics, who derided the songs as "meaningless folk music". Notwithstanding, Whittaker released 25 albums in Germany and managed to grow a considerable fan base within the country, where he felt he had his most loyal fans, saying "The past few decades have been wonderful … My relationship with the German fans is great."
|by Anonymous||reply 33||September 19, 2023 12:23 PM|
He was only 87. I felt sure he had to be in his late 90s at least. He was around the same age as my mum and dad yet seemed much older than them.
|by Anonymous||reply 34||September 19, 2023 12:24 PM|
The Last Farewell always reminds me of hearing it over the stereo while in the back seat of a neighbor’s dad’s 1972 Olds Vista Cruiser station wagon. Very lush sound. Also, WGN in Chicago used the instrumental part as the music in its station ID of the Channel 9 logo in metallic gold superimposed over a blue sky with fluffy clouds. RIP old Roger.
|by Anonymous||reply 35||September 19, 2023 5:25 PM|
His Christmas album was the holiday soundtrack to my childhood. A Time For Prace, Darcy the Dragon, Mighty Like a Rose…
|by Anonymous||reply 36||September 19, 2023 6:40 PM|
I used to work on a cruise ship and when one of the British crew was signing off, one of the bands would play this in the lounge the night before.
|by Anonymous||reply 37||September 19, 2023 7:15 PM|
He had a hot set of Dahmer glasses, but he couldn't live forever.
|by Anonymous||reply 38||September 19, 2023 8:07 PM|
this thread got me listening to this guy.......
|by Anonymous||reply 39||September 22, 2023 4:20 PM|
He must have been 120 years old.
|by Anonymous||reply 40||September 22, 2023 9:09 PM|
Another person I could have sworn was dead is Michael Caine but yesterday I saw an article about him out and about with a cane.
|by Anonymous||reply 41||September 22, 2023 9:36 PM|