Sunday, May 10, 2009

R.I.P. Ms Wills

Sadness. One of the great disco divas has left the stage. According to her official website Viola Wills passed away May 6th after a long illness, aged 69.

Her biggest hit without a doubt was her disco version of the 1970s Gordon Lightfoot ballad (and years before the song was made popular again by the film "54") "If You Could Read My Mind":

"If You Could Read My Mind" from a Netherlands tv show, 1981.

Ah, what a tale my thoughts would tell. Indeed. I also loved this track, the deceptively sweet sounding slow burner "Gonna Get Along Without You Now":

"Gonna Get Along Without You Now", 1979.

Who hasn't wanted to say that to someone, somewhere along the line? One of the greatest break-up songs of all time.

Vale Ms Wills, and a big thank you from the dancefloor.


Cathy said...

I really loved those songs!
On a different note, have you seen this one? Quality back-up dancers! A great laugh.

The Other Andrew said...

Cathy, LOL! Somewhere a leather bar is missing 2 clones...

TJB said...

RIP, Viola!

I also love her epic hi-NRG remake of "Stormy Weather"...

Michael Guy said...


See if you can find her version of "Stormy Weather" SO damn good!

RIP, girl! She brought so much joy!