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Death of Alex Corda

2 October 2013

Our good friend country music maestro Alex Corda died very suddenly and unexpectedly at his home in Australia on 29th August. His death has shocked all of us who worked and played with him on both sides of the world.

Alex was a gifted musician and singer. He has drifted in and out of our life for as long as we can remember and we both learned a lot from him over the years. (Mostly about what NOT to do!)

He co-wrote several songs with us - which we have performed regularly over the years as Side FX. In fact, it was Alex who laid the foundations for the instrumental “Dawns y Gocsen” - written specially for the TV show “Shw Mae TV” and performed by us as Side FX. Happy days.

He was a staunch member of Equity and was for some time the Public Relations Officer for the South Wales Variety Branch, which still remembers him fondly. Shortly after he emigrated to Australia he wrote the music for the stage show “Trevithick,” which starred Shelli Dawn and Cei Phillips. It tells the story of the world's first steam locomotive which travelled from Pendarren to Abercynon.

Daughter Angela has travelled to Oz to sort out his estate and arrange his funeral. Alex was cremated at Manning Great Lakes Memorial Gardens, Taree, New South Wales, Australia on 16th September 2013. Those of us that knew him will try to arrange a gig in his memory and raise some money for a charity or two while we're at it.

Grateful thanks to Alex's managers Owen Potts and Maria Spencer – along with his nephew Matt Cook for the sterling work they are doing for Angie during her difficult stay in Oz. Condolences also to son Michael, sister Jackie and the grandchildren.

Alex had recently released a CD. Following his death, some of the tracks are being aired on Australian radio stations and his poignant version of Kristofferson's “Why Me Lord” is on YouTube. I met Manfred Magacon, the creator of this clip some years ago at Elands and enjoyed his company very much. Manfred is an innovative photographer and film maker and he has certainly created a very appropriate and moving  tear-jerking memorial for Alex. Click the link below:

Alex Corda was long-time good friend of ours and our life is going to be strangely quiet without him. Rest in peace old pal... Rest in peace.

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