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Which British singer had been in two successful groups before the age of 30, but made his solo debut with a translated version of a song which had been a US easy listening hit for Vera Lynn?

Question #148474. Asked by gmackematix.
Last updated May 20 2021.
Originally posted May 19 2021 9:02 PM.

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Apparently this question is referring to the Scottish artist Jimmy Somerville. Somerville co-founded Bronski Beat ("Smalltown Boy") when he was 22, and then formed The Communards ("Don't Leave Me This Way") when he was 25. He was still only 28 in 1989 when he went solo, and his first solo record was a duet with June Miles-Kingston on the Serge Gainsbourg lyrics for "Comment te dire adieu", which was a French-language adaptation of the American song "It Hurts to Say Goodbye", written by Jack Gold and Arnold Goland, which had been a top-ten hit on the Easy Listening charts in the US for Vera Lynn in 1967. The Somerville/Miles-Kingston version reached #14 on the UK charts (and #3 on the French charts).
link https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comment_te_dire_adieu
link https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimmy_Somerville
link https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vera_Lynn#Charted_singles

May 20 2021, 2:03 AM
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