9 August 2010

I is for Ian Dury

"Summer, Buddy Holly, the working folly
Good golly Miss Molly and boats
Hammersmith Palais, the Bolshoi Ballet
Jump back in the alley and nanny goats"

Ian initially rose to fame as founder and lead singer of The Blockheads, who were amongst the most popular London-based groups from the New Wave era in the UK. Here was a working-class hero who was struck with polio at the age of seven, winning through to form The Blockheads in the late Seventies. The group saw great success with hits like 'What a Waste' 'Reasons To Be Cheerful' and 'Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick'. Ian's obituary in The Guardian read: "one of few true originals of the English music scene".

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