Our ‘enery

Our ‘enery…

Henry was a hero of mine who ‘Unsung’ himself…

in the summer of 1976 I was approached by my friend Rick Cassman who had been asked to write a song for Henry Cooper. We thought this would be an interesting and hopefully fun project.

I think for Henry this was possibly the most terrifying thing he was ever asked to do, far harder than any fight even the one with Muhamed Ali however being an absolute gentleman he embraced the project and we had a lot of laughs. We recorded the tracks in Eden Studios and as well as the Ladybirds had all the staff singing along in the chorus.

I had to visit Henry a few times at his home in Finchley and he told me some wonderful stories my favourite was the one where he had to present Princess Anne with the sportsman, now being politically correct I believe it would be ‘sportsperson’ award of the year as he had been the previous recipient.

He said for weeks before the live televised presentation he was practicing his speech…

‘It gives me great honour your highness to present you with this award’

Henry, being an Eastender had a big problem pronouncing his aiches (H) so most of the time it would be ‘It gives me great honna your ‘I nuss’ so he practiced and practiced to get it right.

On the night of course he was nervous and in an even stronger than usual cockney accent said ‘It gives me great HHHonna (very strong breathy H in the beginning) your ‘I ness’   everyone tried not to laugh but a big smile from the princess started everyone else to laugh and enjoy the moment.

Love you ‘enery, it was a pleasure to have known and worked with you. You are sadly missed by all…

Blue Weaver

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