A legend in Pattaya

Friday, 01 February 2013 From Issue Vol. XXI No. 5 By  Derek Franklin

There was not a spare seat to be found at the Volna Restaurant at Bali Hai recently when Danish entertainer and singing legend Johnny Reimar performed a charity concert in aid of the Father Ray Foundation.

Johnny’s association with the work of the Foundation goes back more than twenty five years and he was a good friend of the late Father Ray. His musical career goes back even further to the 1960’s when he was a member of the rock group The Cliffters.

Johnny presented a donation to Father Peter and Father Michael of the Father Ray Foundation.Johnny presented a donation to Father Peter and Father Michael of the Father Ray Foundation.

He continues to entertain audiences all over Denmark and when he is not crooning he sits on the board of the Den Danske Pattaya Fond which raises money for both the Father Ray Foundation and the Pattaya Orphanage.

The Pattaya concert was opened with a performance by Barry Upton, former member of 1970’s pop group Brotherhood of Man and local radio personality. Barry entertained the crowd with a selection of songs before being joined on stage by Pattaya’s favourite Elvis impersonator, Colin Young.

Johnny signs an autograph for a lucky fan.Johnny signs an autograph for a lucky fan.

But it was Johnny the audience had come to see, and they were not disappointed. Within moments of arriving on stage the mainly Danish crowd were on their feet, clapping and singing along to the songs. Even those who were unable to understand the words to the songs were on their feet and having a dance.

The main aim of the concert was to raise funds and after the final song was sang Johnny presented a donation of 83,500 baht to Father Peter and Father Michael of the Father Ray Foundation.

A member of the audience accompanied Johnny on the vuvuzela.A member of the audience accompanied Johnny on the vuvuzela.

Johnny Reimar.Johnny Reimar.

The crowd were on their feet singing along.The crowd were on their feet singing along.

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