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Fame beckons for star who played Ipswich

PUBLISHED: 15:00 21 December 2001 | UPDATED: 11:04 03 March 2010

HE was number two on the bill at a concert in Ipswich … but tonight Gordon Haskell could be vying for the number one spot in the pop charts.

For he is contesting the coveted Christmas number one with the likes of Robbie Williams and Nicole Kidman whose Frank and Nancy Sinatra song Somethin' Stupid is soaring high in the hit parade.

HE was number two on the bill at a concert in Ipswich … but tonight Gordon Haskell could be vying for the number one spot in the pop charts.

For he is contesting the coveted Christmas number one with the likes of Robbie Williams and Nicole Kidman whose Frank and Nancy Sinatra song Somethin' Stupid is soaring high in the hit parade.

Haskell appeared at the Manor Ballroom in Ipswich in June but tonight the musician will be playing his heart out on BBC 1's Top of the Pops.

As a support act on the Ipswich stage, his audience only stretched to 50 people but at the BBC studios in London the atmosphere would be very different with the lights blazing and a crowd of young teeny boppers dancing away in front of him.

From relative anonymity his record, How Wonderful You Are – an acoustic pop ballad, has shot to the top of the charts bringing with it the fame and hopefully fortune of at least a top 10 hit.

The 55-year-old has been in the business as a singer/songwriter for more than 30 years but this is his first big break.

He has been releasing singles since 1969 and had a spell of fame back in the 1970's with group King Crimson, but from then on his name has not been widely known.

But he never gave up and this week the fruits of his ambition paid off when he shot straight into the midweek charts at number two.

His music is mainly acoustic and is likely to appeal perhaps more to the older generation.

Stephen Foster, music manager of BBC Radio Suffolk, had the chance to meet the man himself when he played here in June supporting Robbie McIntosh.

He said: "Only a few people would have seen him play as many people often turn up late to miss the support act.

"He is a very nice guy and is very down to earth with a unique sense of humour although this does not come across in this song.

"He is very talented and has no ego which are two things you don't tend to get these days."


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