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Farewell Bobby Farrell

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Blessed are the fools. I wonder if Bobby agreed with this statement? Still, he sang more than half his life he was crazy like a fool.

As a small boy of about six I looked at that beautiful man full of admiration, but also with wonder. I could not quite get it: he danced like a fool, but was still surrounded by beautiful women. During that period I unwittingly created my own exuberant dances.

Although my musical taste was not his, I later danced at parties as extravagant as Bobby. I danced with Ma Baker at the Rivers of Babylon. Driven by the pounding disco beat I imagined myself being Daddy Cool.

To how many teenagers Bobby was a source of inspiration on the dance floor? Bobby the playbacking fool, who therefore had no right to speak when the royalties were paid. Bobby the frontman, who stood in the shadow of mega success. Bobby the eternal loser, who lost for the last time in a hotel room in St. Petersburg.

Bobby Farrell is finally blessed with eternal glory. Maybe he was ‘crazy like a fool’, but he will be remembered forever and always  ‘Daddy Cool ‘.


Written by thehotstepper

January 3, 2011 at 6:33 pm

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  1. I was sorry to receive the news about Bobby having seen him recently on tv wiggling his stuff and being interviewed. The dance for Rasputin has to be one of his finest.

    La Bellevue

    February 19, 2011 at 2:28 pm

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