Roger Whittaker, Durham Town folk singer, dies aged 87
19.09.2023 - 21:13
Bild, confirmed that Whittaker passed on Wednesday, September 13 in a hospital in the south of France.It is with great sadness we share the news of Roger's passing at age 87. His life, artistry and legacy has meant so…Posted by Roger Whittaker on Monday, September 18, 2023“Roger was an iconic artist, a wonderful husband and father.
He touched so many hearts with his music throughout his life and will always live on in our memories,” his family shared in a statement.The folk singer was born in in Nairobi, Kenya, in 1936, while his parents were from Staffordshire, England. He was raised around music.
Whittaker’s grandfather sang in various clubs and his father played the violin.He went on to study medicine after doing national service in Kenya.While studying for his degree, he sang in local clubs and wrote his own songs. After 18 months, traded medicine for teaching and moved to the University of Bangor in Wales to get a teaching qualification.Whittaker has attributed his love to music to his childhood, sharing in an interview: “In over 30 years of singing and playing musical sounds, the wonderful drumming, and those marvellous, infectious rhythms, have played a great part in everything I have ever written and sung.”His track, ‘My Land is Kenya, is still played in the country on TV and radio during national holidays or election campaigns.Whittaker’s first major release, ‘Steel Man’ entered the charts while he was still at university, as he sat for his final degree exams.
Throughout his career, went on to sell close to 50 million records and received 250 platinum, gold and silver awards during his career.The singer was multi-lingual and sang in French and German as well. The latter country had a passionately devoted fanbase
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