Then, after he went solo, little by little word spread about him, and the bookings in cabaret and nightclubs got bigger. He was so accomplished and confident in his voice and appeal, he could hardly go wrong. He liked jazz, but his biggest hits were folky-type songs such as Elusive Butterfly and the country and western hit Walk Tall. In his entire career there was never any scandal attached to him.
He was happily married with two children, living in Buckinghamshire and with another house in Spain, where he went every year to paint — he was a talented watercolourist — and play golf. The most provocative thing he ever seems to have said was in reference to his favourite sport. Would there be a place for the gentle talent and whimsical humour of a Val Doonican on prime-time TV today? I suspect not. They get lost in the racket of cynicism, where comedians think sneers are jokes and women singers have to dress like sluts in order to be heard.
In those more tolerant times, everyone liked him. Crooner in a cardie who knocked The Beatles off No 1: Bland? Share this article Share. He had the warmth, the voice and the sweaters.
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