76-year-old former musician records charity single as tribute to NHS

Alan Green with daughters Kerry and Gemma

A former local musician has dusted off the microphone and is stepping back into the spotlight to pay tribute to University Hospitals of North Midlands staff.

With the help of daughters Kerry and Gemma, 76-year-old Alan Green has re-recorded George Formby’s 1917 war song ‘Bless ’em All’.

Alan said: “I chose a war song because that’s what the NHS have been going through. It’s a song for all the doctors, nurses, carers, cleaners and volunteers who lost their lives trying to keep us all safe, and all those still carrying on the fight. I wrote the song three months ago during the peak of the pandemic, and recorded it last week at Prisim Recording Studios in Stoke-on-Trent with producer Shaun Lowe.”

The track, which is available to download from iTunes, also features Dame Vera Lynn’s original vocal recording from during the Second World War.

He added “It was my daughter Kerry who inspired me to write the lyrics, she’s a community nurse in Bentilee. I’m 76 years old, and I played in my first band at the age of 15. Since then I played with several celebrities including Ken Dodd, Roy Castle, Tom O’Connor and several other old-timers back in the 1970’s and 80’s.”

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