Liverpool Lullaby no more

It was one of the great English contributions to the Sixties folk revolution. ‘Oh, you are a mucky kid…’

Judy Collins, the Spinners and Cilla Black rushed it onto record. The composer was so keen on anonymity that he changed his name twice, migrating to America to pursue a successful career in computer science.

Stan Kelly-Booth has died in Oswestry, Lancs, aged 83. His death, last month, passed unnoticed outside his local newspaper

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  • He was “Stan Kelly-Bootle” during his final instantiation as an effervescently entertaining computer journalist – a fey (and feydeauesque) irruption into the world of bits and bytes. He’ll be missed, but of no one would it be less appropriate to say “requiescat in pace”.

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