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Billy russell - the original version of on behalf of the working classes


Rusell went on to find love again with new York receptionist Roxanna Valerio, whom he met while on tour in the states in 2001. He proposed but it was not meant to me. The couple went their seperate ways in 2005.

While some purists bemoan his lack of training, Russell dismisses assertions he cannot sing. "My voice may not be mechanically correct, it might not be robotically correct, but that's what gives it a more popular touch," he insists. Given the fact that his first two albums Encore and The Voice sold over three million copies, "popular touch" would seem a fair evaluation.

When it comes to his critics Russell seems to apply the same down-to-earth approach to them as he does to his career. "The music industry seems always obsessed with categorising a piece of music," he says. "My view? I just sing songs, luv."

Despite endless invitations to glitzy show biz parties, however, the tenor prefers to stay home. "Being surrounded by other celebrities telling me how wonderful I am is not my idea of fun," he says.

There was a blow in store in his professional life in 2007 - after having had a brain tumour removed the year before - he was diagnosed with a second growth. This was successfully removed in emergency surgery.


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