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British rocker Duffy Power dies

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Feb 28, 2014 | 5:14am EST

British rocker Duffy Power has died, aged 72. The musician, real name Raymond Howard, passed away in London on 19 February (14). He shot to fame in the late 1950s, and was noted for his links to The Beatles. The Fab Four are said to have auditioned for the rocker's manager to win a chance to tour with Power while they were still a trio named the Silver Beetles, they missed out on the opportunity and landed a slot on pop star Johnny Gentle's Scottish trek instead. Power later recorded a version of Beatles track I Saw Her Standing There, which was reportedly written by John Lennon and Sir Paul McCartney with him in mind when they were attempting to establish themselves as songwriters for other artists. He released a number of solo records, and recorded with blues group Alexis Korner's Blues Incorporated and his band Duffy's Nucleus, but failed to achieve mainstream commercial success. Power also reportedly turned down the chance to record Living Doll, a track which went on to become a huge hit for Sir Cliff Richard, while his noted work included contributing to the soundtrack of 1969 movie classic The Italian Job.

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