ICONIC Folk Singer Dies At 87

Roger Whittaker, the iconic folk singer renowned for hits like “Durham Town” and “New World in the Morning,” has died at 87. His family announced his peaceful passing on September 13 in a southern France hospital. Born in Nairobi, Kenya, in 1936, Whittaker’s music career began unexpectedly during his university studies in Wales. His first hit, “Steel Men,” soared in the British charts as he was completing his final exams.

Whittaker, who also published an autobiography in 1986, was admired beyond his musical talents. He performed at significant events, including George Bush Snr’s golden wedding anniversary. Remembered for his unique voice and signature whistling, Whittaker’s influence in the folk music scene remains unparalleled.

His life was celebrated in a private cremation ceremony, marking the end of an era for an artist whose legacy continues to inspire. As his family stated, Roger Whittaker’s journey from a Kenyan upbringing to international stardom is a testament to his enduring impact on music and culture.