THE city’s most successful singing star has paid a visit to Coventry Music Museum of which he a patron.
Coundon-born Frank Ifield achieved considerable success in the early 1960s, including four number one singles between 1962 and 1963.
And the 76-year-old was back on stage in his home city on Monday when he hosted An Evening With-style show at the Albany Theatre after a visit to the museum at the 2-Tone Village where he also features on the Music Wall of Fame.
“I am truly honoured to have been made a patron of the Coventry Music Museum,” he said.
“I am a very strong supporter of new artists and have spent many years in Australia demonstrating this through my annual awarding of the Frank Ifield International Spur Award.
“I feel very strongly about preserving the history of music so these new artists can understand that as they enjoy their fame and fortune, they are the current custodians of a long and much loved heritage within the Coventry area.”
During Monday’s hour-long show he spoke about his life, his rise to fame and songs, and how he felt to be told he would never sing again. He also gave insights into what went on during the most exciting time in the history of pop music and his meeting with the Queen after his Royal Command Performance, and revealed how the Sex Pistols’ Sid Vicious was a fan of his music.
He added: “When the idea of doing a few personal appearances in the UK this year was mooted, my first thought was to start in my birth place city.
“Coventry was a natural choice with the amount of wonderful memories it holds for my personal and professional life. Having been inducted into the Coventry Music Wall of Fame recently only added to whet my appetite for my return.”