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by Daniel Rae Costello
Daniel Rae Costello (1961 to 2019) was a Fijian-born Samoan guitarist. Daniel Rae Costello was born in Suva, Fiji, on June 17th 1961. His mother was of Samoan, Rotuman and Scottish descent while his father was Irish (though both were born in Fiji), and he attended high school in Whangarei, New Zealand, along with his younger brother Vince. He was first brought up in Tavua where his father owned a cattle ranch, but had moved with his family to Lautoka when he was five and lived there for the rest of his life. He and his younger brother then started a band called 'The Fleet Swingers' while he was in Grade 7, with Vince as lead singer. While in New Zealand, he took much interest in rugby, soccer and athletics, and even represented North Auckland in the Under 17 soccer team. Completing his education at Marist Brothers High School in Suva, Costello won its talent contest in his last year, and was later asked to perform at Suva Grammar School as a guest artist (it was there that he met his future wife, Corrina). After winning a few more talent contests, he joined a small group called 'The Beachcomber Boys' who performed daily at the Beachcomber Island Resort. Although his own debut 1979 solo album called "Tropical Sunset" wasn't much of a success, a year later his follow-up album "Lania " was a huge hit both in Fiji and around the Pacific. His mother died in 1985, and he moved to Australia a few years later mainly due to the 1987 Military Coup in his home country. While abroad, he wrote two songs - "Samba" and "Take Me to the Island" - then returned to Fiji to start his own studio and production suite called 'Tango Sound Productions'. After recording his first big hit album there (also called "Samba"), Costello went on to record a total of thirty albums over the same number of years since 1978. As an accomplished songwriter, composer, arranger, audio engineer, vocalist, musician and producer in the Pacific region, he more recently had recorded an album with Toni Wille (from the Dutch group 'Pussycat') called "Let The World Sing", and their first single from it gained numerous airplays on Fiji radio. Called "Georgie", it had originally been a hit for the 'Pussycat' line-up. Daniel Rae Costello died after a battle with cancer at his home in Lautoka on July 22nd 2019, aged 58. http://www.fbcnews.com.fj/news/daniel-rae-costello-passes-away/
Sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Rae_Costello
Posted: 16th August 2019
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Hundreds of very talented musicians pass away each year, some without much recognition at all. On "Rest In Peace", I aim to give them a fitting 'send-off', with a decent Tribute. I hope you will join me in marking their passing.....
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