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Bobby Farrell:

Bobby Farrell:

Bobby Farrell

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Farrell soon established himself at outside right in Brighton's first team, and continued in place for most of the next ten years. Stan Hurst took over the position during the 1938–39 season, and Farrell retired at the end of that campaign. For much of the 1930s, he had spent his summers as twelfth man and baggage master for Sussex County Cricket Club. He became landlord of a local pub, served in the RAF during the Second World War, and was still in the licensed trade at the time of his death in 1971 at the age of 65.

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Bobby was a character who will be remembered for his on-stage antics and husky voice - a member of Boney M, one of the greatest disco bands of all time that just kept on going unlike many others who came and went. I loved all their hits but Ma Baker always stands out for me. You can hear Ma Baker today in Poker Face by Lady Gaga showing how much Boney M has inspired dance music over the years. RIP Bobby and a BIG thank you for a great contribution to humanity. Gary G, Northampton, UK

The mindset of those censors was a puzzle to me for many years. Why would they green-light acts like Elton John and Rod Stewart but ban groups like Led Zeppelin or the Rolling Stones? Now, in retrospect, it makes perfect sense. The serrated guitar riffs and the rebellious, sexual groans of Mick Jagger were full of threatening undercurrents, and thus off limits. But the clean-cut, smooth-sounding balladeers, on the other hand, were less intrusive, and therefore harmless, to the psyches of us unsophisticated Eastern Bloc radio listeners. Plus, by allowing some of the more sanitized, sugary Western performers to slip through, the communist tastemakers could always claim that they were not in fact censors but equal-opportunity purveyors of entertainment for all. (Source: www.rferl.org)

 

 

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