Date: 8 August 2020
Originally published in: Daily Express (UK)
Written by: Mark Jefferies
Rock ‘n’ roll godfather Marty Wilde is back on the hit trail aged 81 – releasing his first duet with singer daughter Kim.
Marty, who had a pacemaker fitted during lockdown after collapsing, said the single 60’s World celebrates his wife Joyce.
He revealed: “It’s 60 years since the start of the decade, 60 years that we’ve been married and 60 years since our gorgeous Kim was born. Every day of my life has been special with Joyce and the family, and I wanted to go back to 1960, where it all began. And what better way to celebrate than by bringing back the sound of the Sixties, but with a modern twist.”
The single comes from new album Running Together, a 15-song journey through his life which he wrote alone or with collaborators.
At 81 Marty is the only living rocker to have had hit singles or albums across eight decades – beating old pal Sir Cliff Richard. He co-wrote many of Kim’s Eighties hits such as Kids in America and Chequered Love with son Ricky.
Marty and Kim have filmed a video for the single during lockdown – but stuck to socially distancing. The new album also features his other daughter Roxanne Rizzo-Wilde with input from Ricky.
Marty, real name Reginald Smith, plans to perform it on a 50-date tour once virus restrictions are lifted. The single and album are out in October.