Carl Wayne dies

Carl Wayne has died at the age of 61. Carl, best known as the lead singer with The Move also sung the theme to a number of TV series, including ATV’s New Faces.Carl married Susan Hanson, the Crossroads motel’s Diane Lawton and also appeared in Crossroads in the early 1970s. He played Colin, the milkman who is still fondly remembered for singing the vocal version of the original Crossroads theme tune in the series.  A huge number of other acting roles followed, as well as working as a presenter on BBC West Midlands Radio and more recently in 2000 he became the lead singer with The Hollies.

Speaking to BBC News, Bobby Elliot, The Hollies drummer said:

“The Hollies and the world of music have lost a shining star, a true professional. It is a very sad day for the band. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife Susan, son Jack and all of his family. Carl was one of the music business’s great characters. He was a fearless performer and a powerhouse singer. It has been an honour to work with him. I shall remember his five years with The Hollies with great pride and affection.”

Speaking to BBC West Midlands Radio, The Hollies manager, Jimmy Smith told them:

“We are shocked by it because we didn’t expect it to be so sudden. We have got a tour in the autumn and he was looking forward to coming back and joining us. His wife called me on Friday to say he was ill but wanted to keep it quiet while there was hope, and we were all hoping.”

You can visit Helen’s official Carl Wayne website HERE>>

There is a tribute to Carl Wayne on BBC Radio Newcastle, this Sunday afternoon (06/09/04) from 1pm presented by Paddy MacDee.