A song for mums everywhere

A CRAWLEY crooner has recorded a special tribute to mums everywhere - just in time for Mother's Day.

Dougie Damone aka the Silver Songster swapped his usual rock'n'roll to record a heart-warming ballad Hello Mum.

The song has already proved to be a massive smash on video website YouTube, with more than 6,500 people flocking to view it. One thousand fans clicked on the song in the first 24 hours.

Dougie, also known as Keef Trouble of Brett Marvin and the Thunderbolts, explained: "Men don't tend to sing about their mums.

"The inspiration was one year, at this time of year, I was driving and there were queues of people buying flowers outside cemeteries on mother's day.

"They were very busy because people's mums had passed on and people tend to forget that."

The Crawley-born Silver Songster, who attributes his latest performance name to the fact that he's 'getting on a bit', has performed with some of the biggest names in the business.

He said: "We toured with Eric Clapton, he was in a band called Derek and the Dominos and Ian Drury was a mate of mine.

"We played with Marc Bolan when there were just two of them - a chap on the bongos and him, he was doing his early stuff.

"And I played with Thin Lizzy, they were just students then, touring around, and I remember they all looked very thin."

Dougie originally recorded Hello Mum on a Keef Trouble album as a secret track.

He said: "It's specially just for mums because the other stuff is a bit more rock n roll."

The video, which was shot around Crawley, has proved to be an internet sensation, with some listeners posting emotional comments like: "Poignant, I almost cried."

Dougie said: "I wrote the song for everyone, not just about my own mum and buying her flowers.

"And it does bring tears to lots of people's eyes. It's a celebration of mums everywhere."

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