Roger Whittaker Obituary, Death – Roger Whittaker, the folk singer who had hits with songs like “Durham Town” and “The Last Farewell,” has passed away. He had 87 years. “It is with a deep sense of regret that we must inform you of Roger’s demise at the age of 87. A statement that his buddy Jesse Waggoner wrote on Whittaker’s Facebook page on Monday goes as follows.
” “We are grateful that the gift of his music will continue to be with us,” said the band. USA TODAY has inquired about the availability of further information from a spokesperson for Whittaker. A picture that can be found on the singer’s website pays homage to Whittaker, who was born in Nairobi, Kenya, in 1936 to parents who were originally from Staffordshire, England.
According to the information provided on the musician’s website, he began performing in Germany in 1976 and quickly developed a devoted following there throughout the course of his career. He is noted for his ability to whistle in multiple languages. He learned German phonetically through singing in the language’s native tongue.
On his website, the bio for Whittaker states, “When Roger was faced with the difficult decision of which career path to pursue, he sought the counsel of his professor.
Instead of marketing the song in Britain, I traveled to Finland for a cabaret season and made appearances on television there. When he arrived back in the country in November, “Durham Town” was already making its way up the charts in Britain. In 1971, Whittaker recorded “The Last Farewell,” which would go on to become one of his most well-known songs. According to the information provided on his website, the song “broke down the barriers to success in America for Whittaker and opened up a vast new country for his music to explore.” The songwriter of the song was a goldsmith from Birmingham, England.