For Andy ;- )

Categories: 31-songs-in-may

Tags: Neighbours, music, Cropredy, Rolf Harris

Date: 23 May 2003 19:45:06

I've been a bit bad at not updating this very early in the morning (bit of a clue there), so here is the first pre-lunch entry for... oooh... days.

May 23rd: Stairway to Heaven.

Apologies to all you serious music fans out there (it must be terrible) - this is the Rolf version. It all came about through a show in Australia called 'The Money or the Gun' which seemed to want for some reason to record as many different versions of 'Stairway to Heaven' as possible by Australian artists, or something. Here's the track list of the CD they made to prove it (note the name Barry Crocker - he sang the original Neighbours theme tune, fact fans). Rolf had never heard the original, so was able to do a fantasticly bizarre take on it from the sheet music - very Rolf. His daughter later played him the Led Zep version and he was totally blown away. If you're wondering whether the feeling was mutual, it has been reported that one Cropredy Festival they played Rolf's 'Stairway' in an intermission between bands on stage, and who should be dancing away with the rest of the crowd, but Robert Plant. This evidence is purely anecdotal, but I can confirm that Mr Plant is a regular attender at Cropredy, and that it would not surprise me in the least if this were true.

I've always felt an affinity with Rolf Harris, this is mainly because he looks like my dad (Check for yourself - here in 1973, third from right, and then again last year, on the left).

Finally, anyone still reading this who is quite bored may want to check this out. Bye.