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Bucks Fizz star pays tribute to late parents on solo debut

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May 16, 2013 | 6:46am EDT

Former Bucks Fizz star Mike Nolan included his favourite childhood song on his debut solo album as a special tribute to his late parents. The British singer ventured into the studio last year (12) to record In My Life, a collection of 1960s and '70s classics he listened to while recovering from a horrific coach crash in 1984. Nolan suffered severe memory problems as a result of the accident, but the songs featured on his new album were the ones that never left him. He tells WENN, "I had terrible problems with my memory after the crash. The present songs (that were popular) at the time, I didn't really know them but all the past songs I remembered. So I started really listening to them more and more. The whole idea behind it (the album) was to show how I recouped. It was a way of recouping after the accident, which really set me back a lot." One track in particular, When You Were Sweet Sixteen, holds a lot of sentimental meaning for Nolan as his parents sang it to him as a boy. He adds, "My parents, Lord rest them, used to sing it to us when we were kids. It stuck in my mind and when we put the album together, I said, 'There is one song I'd like to put on...' It's very, very well known in Ireland, everyone sings it over there. I put it on there and I've had a few messages (from fans) saying, 'It made me cry! It reminded me of somebody.' I think, Oh God I didn't mean to do that... It's a compliment really."

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