Music producer Steve Lillywhite remembers Darius as ‘gifted’ with ‘large coronary heart’



ecord producer Steve Lillywhite has paid tribute to Darius Campbell Danesh, describing the late singer as a “gentleman” and saying his story was one in all redemption.

The Scottish singer-songwriter and actor, whose household introduced his dying aged 41 on Tuesday, was generally known as Darius Danesh when he made his first bid for fame on ITV present Popstars in 2001.

He additionally appeared on the primary sequence of Pop Idol, which was gained by Will Younger, and after coming third on the present, Campbell Danesh turned down Simon Cowell’s supply of a file deal and signed with music titan Lillywhite.

Lillywhite, 67, put U2 on the highway to fame and has labored with a few of the greatest names in music together with the Rolling Stones, Speaking Heads, Liam Gallagher’s post-Oasis band Beady Eye and plenty of extra.

In 2011 he was made a CBE and honoured for companies to music.

Lillywhite instructed the PA information company: “Once I heard the information yesterday, it affected me much more than I believed it will. As a result of it took me again to the entire… I imply his story is such a fantastic story of redemption.

“You realize, how he was principally, he was ridiculed on Pop Idol, he ended up coming third.

“And there wasn’t a hell of so much occurring for him however what he had was this large coronary heart.”

2GJ4EFN New York, NY, USA. 28 November, 2011. Steve Lillywhite on the 2011 OurStage panel finale at The Canal Room. Credit score: Steve Mack/Alamy

A good friend of Lillywhite’s, who was working with Campbell Danesh on the time, known as him and instructed the 2 ought to meet.

Lillywhite stated: “I met him and my first thought after I met him was, principally, he was a thoroughbred. He was like this unbelievable stallion.

“I imply, you realize, tall, handsome, he simply jogged my memory of nearly as good an instance of the human race that you’ll ever discover and it was incredible.”

Campbell Danesh’s debut single, Colourblind, was launched in July 2002 and went straight to primary, marking the beginning of a run of prime 10 releases.

Since his dying the music has re-entered music charts and on Wednesday morning was in prime spot on the iTunes obtain chart.

America Ferrera and Darius Campbell Danesh on the Garrick Theatre in London (Ian West/PA) / PA Archive

Lillywhite stated: “I listened to it once more yesterday, and I’ve to say, it’s held up somewhat effectively.”

Campbell Danesh’s debut album, Dive In, was launched close to the tip of 2002 and reached the High 10 within the UK.

Lillywhite was behind many vital new wave and post-punk data together with the debut albums by Siouxsie And The Banshees and XTC.

His credit additionally embody solo releases by Morrissey – having already labored on single Ask by The Smiths – and he labored with The Pogues and The La’s, and produced the Stones’ Soiled Work album.

Lillywhite stated of Campbell Danesh: “He got here out and and he wrote his personal music and he signed to the anti-Simon Cowell, which was me in a method, as a result of I used to be the man who did the rock music and Simon Cowell was the man who did all of the pop music.

“I’ve solely obtained good issues to say about him… gifted, an enormous coronary heart.”

Campbell Danesh’s household stated in a press release he was “discovered unresponsive in mattress in his residence room in Rochester, Minnesota, on August 11 and was pronounced useless within the afternoon by the native health workers’ workplace”.

Native police confirmed there have been “no indicators of intent or suspicious circumstances”, with the reason for his dying unknown at this stage, the household added.

Former Pop Idol judges Simon Cowell, Pete Waterman and the runner-up from the primary sequence, Gareth Gates, additionally paid tribute to Campbell Danesh following the information.

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