Posted in music on October 22, 2013
Singer Noel Harrison has died at his home in Devon, aged 79.British pop singer Noel Harrison, whose song "The Windmills of Your Mind" was a big hit and has been covered many times, has passed away. Rest in peace, Noel. You'll be missed.
The son of the actor Rex Harrison, he was best known for recording the hit song The Windmills Of Your Mind on The Thomas Crown Affair soundtrack.
It won best song at the 1968 Oscars and was later covered by artists including Dusty Springfield.
Harrison spent much of his life in America, as an actor and performer, but moved back to the UK in the last decade or so to live in South Devon.
He once said, of recording The Windmills Of Your Mind: "It didn't seem like a big deal at the time. I went to the studio one afternoon and sang it and pretty much forgot about it."
Harrison continued: "I didn't realise until later what a timeless, beautiful piece Michel LeGrand and the Bergmans had written. It turned out to be my most notable piece of work." [BBC]
Listen to "The Windmills of Your Mind" below...