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Danny Street

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Danny Street, who died of a heart attack on April 21, on the eve of his 69th birthday, was one of our busiest session singers, heard every Sunday night for 14 years with the Cliff Adams Singers on BBC Radio 2’s Sing Something Simple.

Born Joe Drysdale in Stirling on April 22, 1941, he studied singing and stagecraft while working as an apprentice electrician and at 21, having changed his name to Danny Street, joined the Johnny Howard Band, heard every Sunday morning on the BBC’s Easy Beat.

Leaving the band to go solo he was often the star guest of the BBC Radio Orchestra directed by Malcolm Lockyer. Meanwhile he was often to be spotted with backing groups on such TV shows as Morecambe and Wise, The Two Ronnies, Val Doonican and Des O’Connor .

With the launch of Radio 2’s Big Band Special in 1979, Danny Street, became one of the programme’s most popular guest stars. He once said that singing at the Nordring Radio Festival in Jersey in 1981 on a BBC concert featuring Steve Gray’s arrangements of the music of Duke Ellington, was one of the highlights of his career.

Often described as the British Jack Jones, he never achieved the stardom he deserved but had clocked up over 1,500 broadcasts by 1985 when he suffered his first heart attack, halting his career for 12 months.

He returned to his customary hectic schedule until August 1992, when walking back to the hotel, following a BBC Big Band Special broadcast concert at the Theatre Royal, Plymouth, he suffered his second heart attack. Luckily he was with percussionist Jim Lawless and his wife Carol who, being a nurse, saved his life.

Three years later he retired to Clackmannanshire to enjoy his golf. He is survived by his wife Helenor, two daughters, a son and nine grandchildren.

Sheila Tracy

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