Scottish singer Sydney Devine has died, aged 81.
The Lanarkshire born entertainer passed away on February 13th in hospital, after suffering with an undisclosed chest complaint. He was best known for his version of the song ‘Tiny Bubbles’, receiving an MBE in 2003 for his charity work. Devine was first spotted whistling and singing at local shows at the age of 13, where he was given a spot on a BBC Children’s Hour programme. His career spanned seven decade and, at the height of his success, he appeared alongside Michael Jackson at the Queen’s Jubilee performance. He would also go on to support Roy Orbison and work with Country legends such as Dolly Parton and Charlie Pride. He worked tirelessly for the charities he was involved in, including the Marie Curie Foundation.
Over the weekend, tributes have been flooding in for the singer; close friend and Pavilion Theatre boss, Iain Gordon, said “I have worked with Sydney and the band since 1976 and I have never seen a bad performance, he was the ultimate showman and performer”, whilst First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, tweeted “The name Sydney Devine was synonymous with Scottish entertainment. So sad. A true legend. My condolences to his loved ones”. Fans of the singer, who sold over 15 million records, are calling for a statue to be erected in his honour.