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New album for town legend

Ian Campbell returns from touring england doing 365 gigs in a year to raise money for help for Heroes, at the last gig held at Kimberley MW

Ian Campbell returns from touring england doing 365 gigs in a year to raise money for help for Heroes, at the last gig held at Kimberley MW

A posthumous album has been released in memory of a popular Kimberley singer.

Frankie Martin, whose real name was Ian Campbell, was a ‘rock and roll hero’ in the town and shot to fame when he gave up a year of his life to perform 365 gigs in 366 pubs in 366 towns in 366 days.

He would regularly perform his own renditions of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Nat King Cole in pubs around Kimberley.

Encore, an album which consists of some of Ian’s last recordings, was released on August 24.

The album was released alongside In Flames by Ian’s band Blind And Dangerous, as well as new compilation The Very Best Of Frankie Martin.

It will also include interviews and sound bites from Ian himself.

The cost of the album will be £10, with all of the profits going towards the Help For Heroes charity.

The singer, who sadly and suddenly passed away on March 24 this year, has been dubbed a ‘true legend’ and leaves behind a huge legacy, having raised £140,000 for Help for Heroes during his year-long singing venture.

Starting and ending his mission in Kimberley, Frankie was known to sleep in a white Transit van kitted out and decorated in a unique style.

Ian, who was also known as Jock, helped entertain at any community event he could.

Tributes poured in via Facebook from devastated friends and family after his death.

The well-loved and remembered singer, born and bred in Kimberley, was a driving force behind the famous Kimberley pram race and a Kimberley town councillor for several years until he moved to Underwood.

He also helped local charities, such as Age Concern Eastwood, where he would entertain the pensioners.

Charity treasurer Josie Marsters said: “He was an inspiration, a gentleman and a good friend. A true legend and a person we will remember fondly.”

Encore will be available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon and Xbox Music.

An event to celebrate the release of the album was held at The White Lion Public House in Swingate, Kimberley, where Ian used to work.

A member of staff there said: “It was a privilege to have known him. What a legend.”

 

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