Date: 6 October 2020
Originally published in: Metro (UK)
Written by: Louise Griffin
Marty Wilde has opened up on his initial fears about his daughter Kim following him into the music industry because of the struggles women have faced. The Teenager In Love hitmaker, whose career has spanned more than 60 years, has four children, three of whom followed him into the music industry. However, chatting to Metro.co.uk ahead of National Album Day about how ‘alarming’ the industry can be, Marty admitted it was mostly Kids In America singer Kim that he was concerned for.
‘I was worried about Kim,’ he recalled. ‘I didn’t want Kim to have to go through what some of the girls go through – some of the girls go through real tough times in this industry, as you can read in your newspapers every other day these days, and I didn’t want that [to happen].’ He added: ‘Fortunately, because the first release was Kids In America, she had at least a fairly smooth run into an industry that can be potentially quite alarming.’
Kim added: ‘There’s lots of pitfalls in the music industry for everyone, you know men, and women. I had an amazing introduction to my career with Kids In America. But of course going in very high and with such a successful record had its own pressures, of course, of keeping that success going, ‘But here we are, all these years later, and still releasing records, still playing live, still loving music, more importantly.’
Marty’s career began in 1957, with the star going on to create hit after hit. Now, at age 81, he has no plans to slow down.
‘No, no plans to retire,’ he insisted. ‘The only thing that will change that would be obviously health problems, and that can happen at any time with anybody really but certainly the odds are a lot more as you get older.’ He went on to say: ‘Normally, as you get older, the muscles in your throat start to weaken […] If I get to that stage, I shall quit!’ Marty and Kim are teaming up for National Album Day on October 10, with the pair reflecting on the impact that albums have had on their lives.
‘The album started me off really, I bought an Elvis Presley album for 17 [and] six in 1957,’ Marty recalled. ‘And it just totally changed my life. I’ve still got it […] It did change my life – the sounds, the songs, and the fact that Elvis was such an incredible artist inspired me.
‘And it also changed the route that I was taking, I was always going on to more skiffle and sounds like that, and old folk type songs but when I heard rock ‘n’ roll, and the way that Elvis interpreted rock ‘n’ roll, that album changed it.’
Kim and Marty Wilde are ambassadors for this year’s National Album Day taking place on October 10.