Sydney Devine

1940 - 2021

Country and western singer. Born in Cleland (North Lanarkshire), Devine first performed on television as a teenager. Devine has sold more than 15 million records during a career that has included work with artists from Dolly Parton to the Jackson Five. His unique brand of whistling and yodeling-infused music includes hits such as Tiny Bubbles, Answer to Everything and Ten Guitars. He has also produced a series of popular line-dancing videos.

Devine was awarded an MBE in HM the Queen's Birthday Honours List of 2003 and a Scottish Music Hall and Variety Theatre Society lifetime achievement award (2014).

Devine lived in Ayr, was still touring in 2020 and had recorded a remarkable 45-year run at the Glasgow Pavilion Theatre.

He died in University Hospital in Ayr a day after he announced the release a new single supporting the National Heath Service.

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