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Legendary crooner Tony Christie prefers Belfast to Amarillo

Legendary crooner Tony Christie prefers Belfast to Amarillo

Legendary crooner Tony Christie prefers Belfast to Amarillo

Legendary singer Tony Christie, who was in Northern Ireland this week, reckoned: "I think Belfast is hotter than Amarillo!"

Tony, who had hits with 'Is This The Way to Amarillo' twice, was in the city to star at The Waterloo Ball - the biggest corporate fundraising event of its kind staged in Ireland.

In an exclusive video interview he said: "I've been coming to Ireland regularly for 30-40 years now. I have Irish in my roots as my grandparents come from Co Mayo."

"I was here three years ago to play at a 50th birthday party and then I was invited back to play at the Waterloo Ball.

"I had such a good time the last time - to be honest it wasn't work - so I thought 'let's go back again and have a party'", he said.

Tony said he would be forever indebted to comedian Peter Kay who arranged with him to re-release 'Amarillo' as a Comic Relief single several years ago.

"My career really took off again after that so I've a lot to be thankful to Peter Kay for. I asked him how he knew about the song and he told me his mum used to play him my records when he was a baby to put him to sleep. And I thought 'Gee thanks!' he laughed.

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