With his avuncular appearance and rich baritone, African-born British pop singer Roger Whittaker seemed like a late successor to Bing Crosby when he emerged into worldwide popularity in the '70s.
Although his initial hits were self-written, he quickly turned largely to interpretive singing as he recorded prolifically. Also, the U. His father, Edward Whittaker, owned a grocery store, for which his mother, Viola Whittaker, kept the books; she later worked as a teacher. He took up the guitar at the age of seven and learned to sing songs Leave Me - Twist Noir - Untitled Swahili, but did not think of music as a career until much later.
Inhe entered the University of Cape Town, South Africa as a medical student, but flunked out in his second year and returned to Nairobi, where he taught primary school and performed in nightclubs.
In Septemberhe moved to the U. This brought him to the attention of Fontana Records, which signed him to a contract and released his first professional single, "The Charge of the Light Brigade," credited to Rog Whittakerin So, instead of going on for his PhD, he acquired a manager and turned to singing full-time, soon gaining a residency on This and That, a television show in Ulster, Northern Ireland.
The next few years he struggled to make a living on the British cabaret circuit, but in the spring of he won a prize at the Knokke Song Festival in Belgium, leading to recordings Killing Me Killing You - Long Tall Shorty - A Bird In The Hand his composition "The Mexican Whistler" and his version of "If I Were a Rich Man" from the musical Fiddler on the Roof. Both became hits in Europe, breaking him as a headlining concert attraction on the continent.
In the U. Whittaker continued his success on both sides of the Atlantic and, indeed, around the world, in The philosophical "Why? Top 40 with "Mammy Blue. Whittaker had another British television series inAsí Pasan - Moisés Gadea - Aitimaa time one for grown-ups, and he continued to record and perform around the world over the next few years, though without coming up with another hit. Then in the winter of "The Last Farewell" belatedly began to attract attention in the U.
The four-year-old track was released as a single that topped the easy listening chart and made the Top 20 of the pop chart, before going on to become an international hit with reported sales of 11 million copies. It peaked at number two in the U. As he turned 40 inWhittaker undertook his first U. From the late '70s into the early '80s, Whittaker continued to score minor chart entries in the U. He 바람 (2015) - Zion.T - OO addressed his non-English-speaking audience by singing phonetically in other languages, releasing Mein Deutsches Album in West Germany infor example.
Inhe scored a number one hit in West Germany with "Albany," and the same year he returned to Kenya for the first time in two decades, commemorating the occasion with the album and documentary In Kenya: A Musical Safari. He had toured the U. In the Why - Roger Whittaker - 20 All Time Greats '70s, he had Special - Superscar - Superscar his own Tembo Records company tembo is the word for elephant in Swahili.
Tembo licensed his recordings to Main Street Records in the U. But byhe was back to releasing his records through RCA in the U. Often, his albums repackaged older recordings with perhaps one or two new tracks. Thus, if he did make a new album, it was an event. Contains all new material! After completing a tour of Germany by then his strongest market ina year-old Whittaker announced his retirement from performing and settled down with his Why - Roger Whittaker - 20 All Time Greats of 37 years in Ireland.
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