Music

Tell me it’s not true, my final blog post is here. After five years, I’m leaving the wonderful world of Alfie Boe fans to move onto pastures new. I’m both hugely excited and sad but as time goes by, I know that we’ll definitely meet again.

It has been my honour and privilege to shine a light on the music of Alfie Boe over the years and what once seemed the impossible dream of writing and publishing, is now my whole new career. Finally, I’ve found the real me and, friends, this is the life for me! Alfie has brought such sunshine into my life, through his music and his fans and I hope that I’ve been able to bring just a little bit of that sunshine into your lives too.

I have so many wonderful memories, from stage doors (even when Alfie doesn’t appear, there’s always great camaraderie amongst fans) to memorable train journeys to Cardiff with a group of fellow fans – here are just a few of the highlights:

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I have so many people to thank for supporting me over the years, too many to mention individually but here are just some:

Debbie Bannigan – thank you for teaching me how to walk and then run and to learn to trust my instincts

My Boe Buddies – Linda Anstee, Linda Wellington, Pat Watterson, Cecelia Powell, Sue Redfern, Karen Rogers and Carole Hunt – for sharing some enchanted evenings. I know I’ll never walk alone with you behind me.

Penny, Emily, Andrea and Anis at Vector, Becky and Shirley at Trinity, Julie Whelan at Nordoff Robbins, Sarah at Rays of Sunshine – thank you for everything.

Everyone who has reviewed for thoughtsofjustafan (especially Roberta), everyone who has sent in ideas and content, everyone who has commented and above all, thank you to those who have sent such lovely messages over the last five years. I’ll hold you all close to my heart for evermore.

I’ll leave the last word to Alfie and hope to see you all at events in future. We’ll never be rank strangers, our next meetings will be just as if we never said goodbye.

Alfie

Thanks for all the support, you have enabled me to change careers and brought a whole new group of friends into my life. Come what may, looking after you and your fans has been a wonderful experience – my heart will always be yours.

Queen’s Who Wants To Live Forever – a brand new song to the chart and straight into number one!

Written by Queen guitarist Brian May for the film, Highlander, the song featured on the band’s album, A Kind of Magic. Here is the original:

The final top ten for the final poll is:

A Thousand Years

Wagon Wheel

You’ll Never Walk Alone

In My Daughter’s Eyes

Keep Me In Your Heart

Love Reign O’er Me

We Are The Champions

Barcelona

Run

Who Wants to Live Forever?

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Caroline Ward’s selection of songs features yet another couple of new entrants to the Six Sensational Songs list! It’s also the only selection that has nearly all Michael and Alfie songs.

Love Changes Everything is of course Michael Ball’s signature song but Alfie sang it, for one night only, at the celebration concert for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s birthday in 2018.

Incurably Romantic from Alfie and Michael’s first tour Together.

A Wonderful World / Over the Rainbow

You’ll Be Back, at Carfest South 2018.

Wham Medley.

Bring Me Sunshine – with Rays of Sunshine choir.

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Just two weeks left in our last ever thoughtsofjustafan poll to find Alfie’s best ever live song! The song in at number two is the number one song from the last couple of years:

Run, originally from Snow Patrol, has been voted off the top – the first time since it entered the chart at number one. It’s been voted for so many times and picked as a sensational song even more, that’s it’s tricky to find a video we haven’t used!

Here is the original:

Stay tuned for the song in at number one next week!

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Jeanette Halton says that “‘I’ve loved listening to Alfie for many years and really love his passion for all genres of music and his ability to sing everything from The Who to La Boheme.” Hear, hear Jeanette – these are your choices.

Buona Sera, from Serenata, chosen by Jeanette as it reminds of a happy holiday on the Amalfi coast.

Keep Me In Your Heart – Jeanette loves the audience participation!

Love Reign O’er Me

Wagon Wheel – Jeanette loves to see Alfie playing guitar.

The Wham Medley – Jeanette says “eight mins of just pure joy and happiness, who can’t love the 80’s classics”. And so say all of us!

Sing, Sing, Sing which Jeanette fell in love with after hearing it at Llangollen.

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Like most of us, Sarah has found it difficult to choose just six sensational songs! This is what she says: “Since I discovered Alfie he has brought such variety of music into my life. He sings such a wide range as well that picking six is so difficult. Alfie literally has a song to suit every mood. Having said that based on my current mood these are my top six most listened to songs at the moment.

Love Reign O’er Me – Sarah says “I don’t think any explanation is needed really as to why this is my absolute favourite. I love ‘rock’ Alfie and when I heard him sing this live earlier this year that was a dream come true. His voice was made to perform that song.”

Run – “This is such a beautiful song and the emotion he puts into it every time gets me. I love seeing this performed live. I feel this song is one where Alfie is in his element.”

Wagon Wheel – “I must confess country is not my usual genre but I love this song. Played live with the excellent musicians in the band, this one is hard to beat.”

That’s Alright Mama – a song that Alfie previously sang during his 2012 – 13 shows. Sarah says “I heard Alfie sing this the first time I saw him live. Those swivelling hips of his are a thing of beauty”. Restrain yourselves at 29 seconds into the video!

Glory, Glory, Hallelujah, from the opening night of Alfie’s 2014 tour.
“This song makes me want to jump up and sing and dance. As always Alfie’s version is amazing.”

Hamilton‘s You’ll Be Back. “I think this song is perfect for Alfie and Michael. I loved it from the first time I heard it and it holds fond memories for me from being in the audience at last years TV special.”

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Only three songs left in this year’s chart to find your favourite Alfie Boe Live Song and we have the second song in a row to feature a Freddie Mercury song:

Barcelona, with Laura Wright, was performed at the Freddie for a Day party in 2013 and has been a firm fan favourite ever since. Alfie went on to record this with Katherine Jenkins but has not performed it live for a while. The first best live song poll featured this version, fell out of favour with voters and returned to the chart in 2018 at number nine. It’s obviously more popular now!

Barcelona was originally written by Freddie Mercury and Mike Moran and recorded by Mercury and the Spanish soprano, Montserrat Caballe in 1987.

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Susan Black is a long time fan from Eastern England and these are her Six Sensational Songs.

Nessun Dorma, from Matt Lucas’ kitchen – Susan heard Alfie sing this and has never been the same since!

Run, at Hampton Court Palace, 2017.

Je Crois Entendre Encore at Thetford – apparently, according to Sue, you could “hear a pin drop”.

Bring Him Home – as if you didn’t know!

Dimming of the Day at the Royal Albert Hall with the lovely Emilia Mitiku.

My all time favourite!

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Although 2019 had a quiet start for Alfie, it’s about to get a whole lot busier, with An Evening with Alfie Boe starting in just a few weeks time. And then of course we have the excitement of Les Mis to look forward to. Before we get bowled over with new events, let’s pay a visit to our series of Six Sensational Songs, this time from Emma Cropper and her son, Jamie. Emma hails from Fleetwood and, as she says, “when I heard about this singer from the wood I just had to listen!” These are their songs.

If I can Dream is Emma’s favourite song – the lyrics get Emma every time – and “Alfie sings it better than anyone.”

Emma says that the Storyteller album is one of her favourites and that Bridge Over Troubled Water really helped her at a difficult time.

Blood Brothers is one of Emma’s favourite musicals, so Tell Me It’s Not True has to be in her top six. “It always provokes such memories of the stage show and a great way to escape.”

Emma’s son Jamie also loves Alfie’s music so when Emma asked him which songs he wanted to nominate, he instantly said You’ll Never Walk Alone. Being Liverpool fans, as is Alfie, they know how powerful and important this song is to so many people. 

The Willy Wonka song, otherwise known as Pure Imagination, is Jamie’s other choice of song, because it reminds him of chocolate!

Finally, Emma and Jamie’s joint choice is He Lives In You from The Lion King, because “that was the soundtrack to our Christmas past!”

Another two new songs to add to our list of Six Sensational Songs!

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Number four in our poll to find your favourite Alfie Boe Live Song 2019 is a new entry and a totally new song – I haven’t written anything about it before! Queen’s We Are The Champions was nominated by Roberta Kappus and is from Alfie Boe Rocks the Boston Pops in 2018:

We already knew what the music of Queen and Freddie Mercury means to Alfie, following his moving exploration of the music in the Perspectives documentary of 2014 and this orchestral reworking sounds just beautiful. No wonder it’s entered the charts at number four.

We Are The Champions first appeared on Queen’s 1977 album, News of the World (written by Freddie Mercury) and has gone on to be one of their most loved anthems – and there’s a lot of competition! In addition to this, it’s an obvious choice for sporting occasions and can be heard accompanying numerous triumphs in sport. Here is the original, with Queen at Live Aid:

Apparently, a 2011 scientific study concluded that this is the catchiest song ever – you try listening without singing along loudly. It’s impossible!

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