William Shakespeare, died this week at the age of 61, in Sydney Australia.
The SMH reports that “Born John Stanley Cave, the son of a greengrocer, in Sydney’s inner west, was blessed with an extraordinary falsetto.
He sang in suburban pubs and clubs for $30 a night until he came to the attention of the writer-producers Harry Vanda and George Young.
At the age of 26 he had two No. 1 hits – My Little Angel and Can’t Stop Myself from Loving You ( both written by Vanda & Young)- and a debut album that sold 375,000 copies. A year later it was all over; his career shattered after he was convicted of carnal knowledge with a 15-year-old fan.”
By 2001, Shakespeare was homeless and lived in a ticket booth at an oval next to St George’s Leagues Club in Kogarah, where he was found and assisted by Lindy Morrison (ex-The Go-Betweens drummer) of Support Act Limited, a company concerned with assisting artists in hard times. In 2009, he was living in government housing in the southern Sydney suburb of Riverwood not Rookwood.