The daughter of the late popular Kettering entertainer Bobby Leroy has paid tribute to “Scotland’s Elvis”.
Bobby – real name Bobby McPherson – passed away on October 21 this year having made a name for himself in the area in the 1960s and 1970s as a rock ‘n’ roll star.
His funeral will be held at 9.45am on Wednesday, December 2, at the Edgar Newman Chapel at Kettering Crematorium, with the wake at 5pm at Kettering Athletic Club.
Born in Scotland, Bobby moved south of the border at the age of 17 – and his daughter Laura Price says he immediately had his admirers.
She said: “My father started out with a group called the Freemen and he had an awful lot of fans in the 1960s.
“He had a real connection with the crowd and loved entertaining people by playing his guitar. He actually met my mum at a gig and supported a lot of larger groups.
Bobby was a great musician and loved to perform the classics.Daughter Laura Price
“Bobby was a great musician and loved to perform the classics.”
The singer worked full time but always had music as a back-up career – and Laura says he was literally a gunshot away from making it to the big time.
She added: “Bobby was very close to joining the 60s group The Fortunes as their lead singer.
“But just as he was about to sign the contract, the group’s manager was shot dead!
“He was nearly absolutely massive.
“My sister Lyndsay McPherson picked up the music bug from him and still performs in a group called Adrenalin.”
Old friend and fellow band member Norrie Hamilton says Bobby was a very versatile singer.
He said: “Bobby was known as Scotland’s Elvis and with the Freemen made quite a reputation for themselves by supporting bands like the Hollies, Manfred Mann and Johnny Kidd & the Pirates.
“Bobby was a very versatile singer. He could sing anything from ballads to rock.
“He went with numerous other groups and became very successful as a solo artist, touring clubs and hotels on the Isle of Wight.”
In place of flowers there will be donation buckets at the wake for both the air ambulance and Spectrum, a local autism charity that Laura runs, a cause close to Bobby’s heart.