Date: 8 August 2020
Originally published in: Daily Mirror (UK)
Written by: Mark Jefferies
Rock legend Marty Wilde is finally releasing a duet with his pop star daughter Kim.
The song 60s World was recorded for the 81-year-old’s upcoming album, Running Together. And the 15-track record is a celebration of Marty’s career, in which he has had hit singles and albums across eight decades – beating even his old pal Sir Cliff Richard.
Marty, who had a pacemaker fitted during lockdown after collapsing at home, said: “60s World is my way of celebrating Joyce, the woman that I’ve loved, and who’s been the rock of our family, for 60 years. It’s 60 years since the start of the decade, 60 years 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 60s with a modern twist.”
From mid-1958 to 1960, Marty – real name Reginald Smith – was one of Britain’s leading rock singer with backing group the Wildcats. He wrote many of Kim’s 80s hits, including Kids in America, Cambodia and Four Letter Word. He and Kim, 59, have even managed to film a video for 60s World during lockdown. And the new album also features Marty’s other daughter, Roxanne Rizzo-Wilde, 41, with input from songwriter son Ricky, 58.
Marty said: “It’s the album I always wanted to write. I’ve hand-picked each track to depict my journey. It’s a musical slice of history. I recorded with youngest daughter Roxanne as I wanted her to perform the songs that needed that woman’s touch and were written especially for her.”
Marty plans to perform the album – out on October 2 along with single 60s World – on a 50-date tour next year.