Last week we lost Roger Whittaker, one of my favorite singers and a staple of the "easy listening" circuit for the best part of half a century. He had very few big hits, but sold something like 50 million records to a very loyal fan base, and - unusually - entertained in countries and languages other than his own, particularly German, for many years. Some of his songs remain among my personal favorites, six of which I've selected in his memory this morning.
His first major hit was 1969's "Durham Town".
Also from the 1960's is his upbeat song, "Mexican Whistler". Whittaker was an expert whistler, and featured it on several of his hits.
He could be reflective and thoughtful, too. Here's "Why".
From the early 1970's, here's "New World in the Morning".
My personal favorite out of all his many songs is "I don't believe in 'If' anymore".
And what more appropriate song to close this memorial than "The Last Farewell"?
Thanks for the music, Mr. Whittaker. You will be missed.