Tuesday, September 19, 2023

R.I.P.: Roger Whittaker, 'The Last Farewell' Singer

Singer Roger Whittaker, known for hits "Durham Town" and "The Last Farewell," has died. He was 87, reports USAToday.

"It is with great sadness we share the news of Roger's passing at age 87. His life, artistry and legacy has meant so much to so many all over the world," reads a statement that his friend, Jesse Waggoner, posted on Whittaker's Facebook page on Monday. "We are thankful that the gift of his music remains with us."

A photo on the singer's website pays tribute to Whittaker, who was born in Nairobi, Kenya, to parents who hailed from Staffordshire, England, in 1936. The multi-lingual musician was known for his whistling and cultivated a passionate fanbase in Germany over the course of his career after performing there in 1976, according to his website. He sang German, learning the language phonetically.

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