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  • #46
    Re: Darren Burn - Bubblegum kid of tragedy

    Originally posted by DavidRayner View Post
    Someone once said to me that even though Darren had a fabulous singing voice, being a trained choir boy, even if he'd become a big hit with the record buying public, he wouldn't have had a very long shelf life.
    A bit like Aled Jones?

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    • #47
      Re: Darren Burn - Bubblegum kid of tragedy

      Although there were only four singles by Darren released (two in 1973 and two in 1974) they are always available on eBay.

      http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_od...+BURN&_sacat=0

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      • #48
        Re: Darren Burn - Bubblegum kid of tragedy

        An old editing copy of the 1973 BBC2 Man Alive film Twinkle Twinkle Little Star has been uploaded on YouTube. It was filmed during July and August, 1973 and first transmitted on Wednesday, October 24th, 1973. The programme features Darren, then The James Boys and Ricky Wilde and then back to Darren again for the last 25 minutes of the programme. It covers the launch of his first single and the publicity surrounding it.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQ1NGOiCWiQ&t=812s

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        • #49
          Re: Darren Burn - Bubblegum kid of tragedy

          I’ve just received from an eBay seller in Stockton on Tees an interview with Darren cut from the music paper Disc and dated July 28th, 1973. I won't reproduce it all here, but in it he says that one of the recordings he made at his first recording session was There’ll Never Be Anyone Else But You, a track that was subsequently never released. I wonder if EMI still have it in their vaults, as it would be very interesting to hear it. Darren also says that he found True Love Ways very difficult to sing, although you’d never guess that from listening to it. The article also reveals that he called his father Colin. “I always have”, said Darren. When asked what Colin Burn did at EMI, Darren says: “Sits in his office and chain smokes.”

          A Very Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year for 2018 to everyone on the forum.

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          • #50
            Re: Darren Burn - Bubblegum kid of tragedy

            Darren Burn, 1973.

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            • #51
              Re: Darren Burn - Bubblegum kid of tragedy

              The 1988 interview has now been uploaded to YouTube. The interviewer is the BBC's John Pitman, who had interviewed Darren fifteen years earlier in the Man Alive programme. In the 1988 interview, he is very self-depreciating and blaming his parents, especially his mother, for the 1973 - 1974 disaster at EMI.

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              • #52
                Re: Darren Burn - Bubblegum kid of tragedy

                I've just learned from the IMDb and Wikipedia that John Pitman, who interviewed Darren on both the Man Alive and People programmes, passed away on February 14th, 2018, aged 77. So both interviewer and interviewee are gone now.

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