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Scientist Ken Jewers is releasing his first album at the age of 79, with lyrics written by his late father (Republic Media)
Scientist Ken Jewers is releasing his first album at the age of 79, with lyrics written by his late father (Republic Media)

A 79-year-old scientist is releasing his debut album - with lyrics by his late father.

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Ken Jewers has written the music for the big band songs featuring lyrics by his father James, a docker from the East End of London who died in 1968.

He said: "I have always believed that everyone can achieve their dream but to fulfil mine and my late father's at the same time seems to be nothing short of a miracle."

Music was an important part of Ken's life when he was growing up. He played the saxophone, one of his brothers played the piano as did his mother, and another brother sang in pubs.

His father wrote song lyrics all his life, but many of them were lost when the family home was bombed in the war.

Ken dug out the surviving songs after retiring from his job as a research chemist and teamed up with his son Kevin to arrange them before recording them.

He said: "I had seen Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra live and drew on them for inspiration while doing the vocals. I didn't think I could emulate them of course, but we can all dream."

The album, called It's All About Love, is released on June 20.

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