Gilbert O’Sullivan: Clair

Gilbert O'Sullivan and Clair Mills - from The Daily Mail, 5 February 2011

Gilbert O’Sullivan and Clair Mills – from The Daily Mail, 5 February 2011

The Irish singer-songwriter Gilbert O’Sullivan was popular in the early 1970’s. One of his greatest hits has been the song Clair, which ranked top in the UK Singles Chart for two weeks in November 1972. It tells his affectionate love for a little girl aged 3 or 4 whom he babysat, the daughter of his producer-manager Gordon Mills. He expresses his feelings straightforwardly, with a spontaneity that would be difficult to find in our epoch of fear and moralization: «Each time I leave you I feel I could die / Nothing means more to me than hearing you say / “I’m going to marry you / Will you marry me, Uncle Ray ?”» (O’Sullivan’s real forename was Raymond.) CONTINUE READING…

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