Olivia Newton-John (26 September 1948 – 8 August 2022)
The quintessential girl next door sang like the girl next door: no screeching, no vocal tricks, no auto-tune. A mellow, pellucid delivery in the fashion of Karen Carpenter. At one stage, in the 1970s, country fans thought her a country poseur but listen to songs like ‘Jolene’, ‘Banks of the Ohio,’ ‘If You Love Me, Let Me Know,’ and ‘Let Me Be There,’ and she more than justifies the mantle of country singer.
Her apple-pie purity was used to great effect in the hugely commercially successful film Grease (1978), and when in the finale she appeared as somewhat of a tart, it packed as big a punch as when Garbo talked.
She lost her 3 decade, on again-off again, battle with the big C yesterday. Vale ONJ.