Vince Hill, the iconic singer known for his rendition of "Edelweiss," has passed away at the age of 86. His family announced the sad news on Friday, expressing their grief and praising his musical legacy. Fans and friends were quick to pay their respects, acknowledging his contributions to the music industry over the last 70 years. Vince's close friend Les Dennis remembered him as a brilliant performer and a lovely person.
Vince Hill's career began after winning a talent contest at the age of 15. However, before finding success as a singer, he worked as a baker, truck driver, and miner. His hits included "Look Around," "The Rivers Run Dry," "Daydream," and "Doesn't Anybody Know My Name." In 1962, his debut single "The Rivers Run Dry" caught the attention of bigger record labels, and he eventually signed with EMI's Columbia label in 1965. His cover version of "Edelweiss" from the musical "The Sound of Music" propelled him to stardom. Throughout his six-decade career, Vince released 25 studio albums and performed for fans all over the world.
However, his personal life was marred by tragedy. In 2016, he mourned the death of his wife Annie, and in 2014, he lost his son Athol in a car accident. Athol's death deeply affected Vince, as paramedics were unable to revive him after the crash. Despite the challenges and heartbreak he faced in his life, Vince Hill's musical legacy will forever remain in the hearts of his fans. He will be remembered as a talented singer and a kind-hearted individual who touched the lives of many through his music.