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Tributes to 'Oldest Swinger' Fred Wedlock
Fred Wedlock
Fred's Oldest Swinger in Town made number six in the charts

Bristolian folk singer Fred Wedlock, best known for the song The Oldest Swinger in Town, has died aged 67.

Fred was given what he describes as the "perfect start" when he was born in a pub in Bristol in 1942.

He performed his first paid gig at the age of four when he charged customers to see him sing - he made sixpence.

But his biggest success came when The Oldest Swinger in Town, which he wrote, made number six in the UK singles chart in 1981.

The musical tradition has been passed down the family, his daughter Hannah is singer.

One of Fred's close friends, Acker Bilk, told BBC Bristol he "couldn't believe" the news.

"I saw him a few months ago and didn't realise anything was wrong," he said.

"He was full of life and we had some good chats together because we're both from the West Country.

"There were no airs and graces about Fred, which was good."

He himself has been a massive supporter of [Bristol City FC] over many, many years and has helped the club in so many different ways.
Colin Sexstone, Bristol City FC

Fred was a keen sports fan with several relatives having playing for Bristol City - the Wedlock stand at Ashton Gate is named after his grandfather Billy.

The club's chief executive, Colin Sexstone, said the news of Fred's death was "really sad".

"This is one of the legendary figures of Bristol City football going right back to his grandfather.

"He himself has been a massive supporter of the club over many, many years and has helped the club in so many different ways.

"It's really sad news and obviously our condolences will go to his family."

In recent years Fred had also turned his talents to the stage.

He appeared in a Bristol Old Vic production of Up the Feeder, Down the Mouth and Back Again on the city's harbourside.

He also featured in plays at the Tobacco Factory and Brewery Theatre.

Fred had been been suffering from pneumonia and a family spokesperson said he died in hospital on Thursday following a heart attack.

'Oldest swinger' Wedlock dies, 67
04 Mar 10 |  Bristol


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