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Friends and family to celebrate singer Jed Turner’s colourful life by playing his song, Mr Cleanhead
Friends and family of Bradford blues singer Jed Turner will play his signature tune, Mr Cleanhead, at his funeral.
The 60-year-old’s bald head was his trademark look said his brother, Doug Turner, who added the song would be a fitting tribute and one that Jed would have approved of.
The singer died at Bradford Royal Infirmary on May 30 after being put on a ventilator following heart surgery.
Mr Turner, who lived in Undercliffe, less than half-a-mile from where he grew up, was just a schoolboy when he was drawn into the music world.
Aged 13 he would hang around outside the Bluesville ‘68 club in the former Farmers Inn in Thornton listening to bands until his father would turn up looking for him and take him home.
From then on he and schoolfriends started a number of bands playing at student unions and youth clubs until they were old enough to play in pubs and clubs.
A favourite haunt was the Royal Standard in Manningham Lane where he and Doug would play at a popular Sunday open mic session.
“A band we had once played at Roundhay Park and we were quite impressed because we were told we’d had 11 more noise complaints than the Rolling Stones when they played there!
“Then about 12 of us from the Royal Standard had our own band called Jabberwocky in fancy dress. Jed dressed up as Andy Pandy and his fellow vocalist, who was a skinhead, dressed up as Looby Lou,” said Doug.
“Jed was very much interested in Frank Zappa and Captain Beefheart so Jabberwocky was right up his street. Sadly a lot of the old pubs he played in are gone now, but he still had quite a following across West Yorkshire with Jed’s Blues Band.”
People attending Mr Turner’s funeral at Nab Wood Crematorium on Wednesday at 10.50am have been asked not to wear black.
Doug said: “He was a great collector of odds and ends but I managed to find a copy of his tune, Mr Cleanhead. We’ll be playing that at the service.”
He added: “When Jed wasn’t performing he was a very quiet person. But when he did speak people listened to him. He was fairly pithy, but he had a good sense of humour and a lot of friends.”
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