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Best tribute song gets new airing
George Best
The Best tribute song has had more than 200 airplays
A tribute song written for George Best at the height of his stardom 35 years ago is to be re-released.

Don Fardon's Belfast Boy was used as the theme tune for a BBC documentary about the footballing legend in 1970.

Since Best's death on Friday the track has had more than 200 airplays and now Mr Fardon, a country and western singer from Warwickshire, plans to remix it.

Proceeds from the record, which reached no. 32 in the charts, will go towards a permanent memorial for Best.

'Jammed switchboard'

Mr Fardon, a former presenter for BBC Radio Coventry and Warwickshire, re-recorded it at UB40's studios in Birmingham overnight on Monday.

Don Fardon
Mr Fardon said proceeds would go towards a memorial for Best

He told BBC News: "The lyrics are more or less the same but it's a lot heavier - it's a 2005 version rather than a version for the 1970s.

Recalling the Best TV documentary, he said: "The two guys who wrote the song saw me perform in London and asked to put my voice on it.

"I said no at first because I was under contract but they cleared it with the record company. I had no idea it would become such a hit.

"It was shown on BBC Two television the first time on a Monday or Tuesday night, and fans jammed the switchboard at the BBC for seven hours afterwards asking where they could get a copy of the record."

Mr Fardon went on to have a major hit with a song called Indian Reservation which reached number three in October 1970.

He later went into the licensing trade, running the Alhambra pub in Coventry and owned the Plough Inn at Eathorpe, near Leamington.

Mr Fardon is now the business development manager for Mayfair Security, which looks after pop stars and other celebrities, and occasionally tours the cabaret circuit with singer Renee, of former duo Renee and Renato.

He is hoping to release the new version of Belfast Boy within the next week.



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