D-Day Veteran’s Hauntingly Beautiful Folk Song Soars to No.1, Beats Ed Sheeran, Justin Bieber
While singer-songwriters Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber have a history of hits and accolades, there is a 90-year-old Normandy veteran and fellow Brit who just surpassed them with his own history, heartfelt lyrics and a hauntingly beautiful folk song.
Meet Jim Radford, the youngest known D-Day veteran, who released a powerful ballad called “The Shores of Normandy” for the 75th anniversary of D-Day. The ballad soared to No. 1 on Amazon’s music chart and beat out Sheeran and Bieber’s hit song, “I Don’t Care.” A week ago, Radford, who has a soulful and raspy edge to his voice, released the newly recorded version of the touching song.
When Radford was just 15 years old, he served as a galley boy with the Merchant Navy on the Empire Larch. The ballad draws from his experience of working on a ship and recount the unforgettable heartache of the men who “stormed the gates of hell” and “died upon that blood-soaked sand.”
“We want people to remember all those good men,” he said. “They deserve to be honored and remembered. The thing that I remember most is seeing [the bodies of] those lads floating in the water – the ones who had to run up the beaches into the machine gun fire and never made it. I can still see their faces now.”
Profits from the song will go towards the construction of the British Normandy Memorial. There, the names of the 22,442 men and women serving under British command who perished in the Battle of Normandy will be recorded. On June 6th, Prime Minister Theresa May and French President, Emmanuel Macron will be a part of its inauguration.