Obituary: Roberto Alfonso Farrell, 1949 – 2010

This video demonstrates what Boney M‘s short operas usually looked and sounded like.

Our sports teacher was their biggest fan. We were obliged to do Aerobic dances to the Daddy-Cool song in elementary school. We coped.

One of the band’s four singers (and frontman) was Roberto Alfonso Farrell, better known as Bobby Farrell. He probably wasn’t really a singer. The band’s producer Frank Farian is said to have lent him his voice. In the 1970s, that spelled innovation. In later decades, it was considered shanzhai.

Farrell performed in St. Petersburg on Wednesday night, despite feeling unwell. During the past year, an ambulance had frequently been called after his shows, as he had cardiac problems, VoR quotes RIA Novosti.  He was found dead on Thursday morning.

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2 Comments to “Obituary: Roberto Alfonso Farrell, 1949 – 2010”

  1. “Our sports teacher was their biggest fan. We were obliged to do Aerobic dances to the Daddy-Cool song in elementary school. We coped.”

    Ha!, but I guess it would have been worse if it had been Ra Ra Rasputin!

  2. I can’t really tell why, but I’d have liked the Rasputin song much better than Daddy Cool. We even turned it into a song in our own local dialect and contents of its own, voluntarily, without any educational input. And of course, we wouldn’t do an aerobic dance to it.

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