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Published on Dec 21, 2008
Roger Whittaker was born in Nairobi, Kenya in 1936. Whittaker's parents, were originally from Staffordshire, England, where they owned and operated a grocery shop.His father had to move his family to Afrika for health reasons. That Roger Whittaker would eventually become a musician was no surprise, since his grandfather sang in various clubs, and his father played the violin. Roger learned to play the guitar. He went back to Britain in 1959 and released his first professional recording in 1962. In 1969 his own composition "Durham Town (The Leavin')," became Whittaker's first Top 20 hit in Britain. In 1971, Whittaker recorded "The Last Farewell," which would become his biggest hit and a signature song, selling over 11 million copies worldwide. He has developed his own successful career in Germany, singing in their language. Roger Whittaker has also recorded in French and Spanish. For unknown reasons, the original hit recordings of "The Last Farewell" and "Durham Town" are not available on CD anywhere. All current CD releases contain only re-records. He is best known for his baritone singing voice and his trademark is his whistling ability. "Mammy Blue" was composed originaly in french by Hubert Giraud in 1971 and it was an instant hit recorded by several performers in many languages: Nicoletta, Joel Dayde, Pop Tops(Phil Trim), Dalida, Demis Roussos, Nicole Croisille, Ricky Shayne, Ivana Spagna, Johnny Dorelli, José Mercé, James Darren, Vicky Leandros, Stories and Celine Dion. "Mammy Blue" is such a wonderful song that even Julio Iglesias couldn't butcher it...