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Gaye
by Clifford T Ward
#1973

Very pleasant and innocuous, this single was very much a creation "of its time", and always felt a little dated when assessed in the future outside its own particular timeframe. However, given the unique and eventually sad story that is Clifford T Ward, I think it's also now fitting as a bitter-sweet tribute to a fine songwriter and singer. Diego, from the "zZounds" blog, seems to agree:

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Back in the early '70s, there was a songwriter who penned some of the loveliest, smartest and knowing odes to quotidian life and its people. He wrote forgotten hits like "Gaye" and "Home Thoughts from Abroad" that struck British audiences with their perfect memorable mixture of literate lyricism and timeless orchestral pop arrangements. Now, for sure, they've stunned me too.

Serving as an English teacher just a few months prior to its recording, this young man had songs that should have made him a gazillion-dollar musical titan to rival the McCartneys and Nilssons of the world. However, he willingly eschewed all self-promotion or touring for reason it would interfere with the thing he valued the most: spending time at home with his wife and kids.

Married from a very young age to his wife Pat, they were tasked with raising a daughter who suffered from cerebral palsy. Together, they tried to raise her as best they could, even if that warranted setting aside his career at times. Only decades later, would [their eldest child] Debbie repay his sacrifice by assisting him when he was wheelchair bound by the crippling effects of multiple sclerosis.

[Pneumonia, something of an ultimate threat to all those who suffer with MS, finally claimed his life in 2001, at the age of 57.]

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In the UK, this ballad got to No. 8 when released as a single. Ward did not export his work to the US, so no chart info Stateside on this occasion.
http://blog.zzounds.com/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clifford_T%2E_Ward
1973 - Charisma Records - United Kingdom - From the album "Home Thoughts".
Posted: 25th June 2019
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Born in 1954, leaving education by 1972, 'glam' was my thing, "Ziggy" Bowie my hero. I was even the only guy in my town with the haircut (though not the carrot red colouring!). Therefore every seventh selection is a Bowie track.
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