Life sadly imitated art for Boney M’s Bobby Farrell today as his death turned into an uncanny coincidence relating to one of his biggest hits. The frontman died in St Petersburg yesterday on same date and in the exact same town as mad Russian monk Rasputin – who was the subject of the band’s 1978 top three single.
The eccentric frontman was found dead in his hotel room aged just 61 just hours after a performance in the city where the band rose to stardom in the Soviet era, according to his agent.
Graham Spicer is a writer, director and photographer in Milan, blogging (under the name ‘Gramilano’) about dance, opera, music and photography for people “who are a bit like me and like some of the things I like”. He was a regular columnist for Opera Now magazine and wrote for the BBC until transferring to Italy.
His scribblings have appeared in various publications from Woman’s Weekly to Gay Times, and he wrote the ‘Danza in Italia’ column for Dancing Times magazine.