Ian Dury: 12 May 1942 – 27 March 2000

27 Mar


Ian on stage with the Kilburns (courtesy Denise Roudette)

Eleven years ago today Ian Dury died. “Young and old and gone,” we miss him. But his legacy goes on and his positive outlook on life can be a lesson for us all. “Don’t do nothing that is cut price/You know what that’ll make you be,” he sang in Sex & Drugs & Rock ‘n’ Roll. He refused to be trapped by “the ordinary” and so should we.

To mark the occasion, how about taking some time out to listen to the music that inspired him and drove him on? These were his Desert Island Discs, as revealed to Sue Lawley in 1996:

Bobby Charles – Small Town Talk

Frank Crummit – Abdul Abulbul Amir

Dean Martin – That’s Amore

Gene Vincent – Woman Love

Taj Mahal – Music Keeps Me Together

Alma Cogan – Naughty Lady Of Shady Lane

Ann Peebles – I Can’t Stand The Rain

Ornette Coleman – Ramblin’



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