Tributes to FretTones front man
HEART OF GOLD
Tributes have been paid to FretTones front man Keith Turner, who has lost his battle against cancer. He was 53.
The Edinburgh singer and guitarist had been fighting the disease for more than ten years. He was diagnosed with small cell lung cancer in August 2013 and was given the all-clear after seven months' intensive treatment.
But in October 2014 a routine scan revealed tumours in the stomach and liver area. Despite undergoing more intensive chemotherapy, he somehow managed to record a new album, Invincible with The FretTones. It includes the track Life Goes On, which he wrote to describe his feelings about living with cancer.
Keith died at home on October 26th. He leaves wife Lynn and children Kimberley, Keith and Coreena. His funeral was on November 7th at Warriston Crematorium in Edinburgh.
"Keith is going to be sadly missed," said his friend Graham Jackson. "I first met Keith in 2008 when I had his band The FretTones play at my club, The Engineers in Darlington. I felt then that we'd been friends for years. I'm very fortunate and privileged to be able to call him my friend since that day."
LegacyAmong other tributes posted online, Donna Pottinger wrote: "Gone is a magical guy who through my growing up was an inspiration. God look after him. He is one in a million." John Lewis wrote: "Great guy, amazing talent. Gonna be deeply missed."
Keith's musical legacy is showcased in the album Heart of Gold, with 90 per cent of proceeds going to cancer research. The album, released in 2014, was Keith's own idea.
The 25 tracks on Heart of Gold represent Keith's work over the past 10 years with Hi-Voltage, The FretTones and The Southern Sound. The one exception is Rock'n'Roll Riot, an unreleased Hi-Voltage recording from 16 years ago. The album can be bought on eBay for £10.
Laura B has released her first CD in five years.
While The Going's Good is the follow-up to Laura B & The Moonlighters' 2010 debut CD, Jump And Shout.
The Essex-based band has now dropped the 'Moonlighters' tag. "It was more aligned to a forties style and appropriate for the swing element of our performances," explains Laura. "We have now moved to a more solid rhythm'n'blues sound."
Recorded at the Shack Studio in Chelmsford, the new album features 12 tracks, including nine penned and arranged by Laura herself over the past three years.
She says: "It's a mixture of r'n'b styles which will appeal to dancers and listeners alike, and launches with the title track. It's a really catchy dance number which has the ingredients to become this summer's dance floor hit!"
For the recordings, Laura, drummer Paul Richardson, guitarist Chris Corcoran, pianist Steve Croft, bass player Olly Prime, trumpeter Barry Few and saxophonists Pete Cook and Alex Bland, were joined by guest musicians, latin jazz percussionist Snowboy and blues harp maestro Steve West Weston.
Snowboy recently completed a tour with Lisa Stansfield. Steve West Weston playes on two self-penned tunes, Beware Sisters Beware and the rockabilly-style Baby, Please Come Home
The gospel ballad Guide Me Home and sixties-style Ready For Love are complimented by the backing vocals of Michelle Eley and Louise Amato.
The album is available from www.laurab-music.co.uk.
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