Musical Auntie May launches pop star career at age of 93

9/8/2011 (JT)''May Richardson has launched her pop career at the age of 93 with the song 'Oh How Times Have Changed' written by Jim Birmingham.''Picture: Sarah Standing (112830-7544)
9/8/2011 (JT)''May Richardson has launched her pop career at the age of 93 with the song 'Oh How Times Have Changed' written by Jim Birmingham.''Picture: Sarah Standing (112830-7544)
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BELTING out her first single on the microphone, 93-year-old May Richardson is the unlikeliest of pop stars.

But the pensioner is launching her music career in the hope it will raise thousands for charity.

Mrs Richardson, or Auntie May as she is affectionately known, recorded the nostalgic song Oh, How Times Have Changed – and has even starred in her own music video. She remembers bygone times when people were able to fix their cars with tools and queue up for cash at the bank.

The song was written by Jim Birmingham, 55, the fiance of May’s god-daughter Debbie Ricketts.

Auntie May moved into the couple’s home in Bulls Copse Lane, Lovedean, after suffering a fall last year.

Since then Jim, who is a comedy vocalist, has listened to Auntie May’s weekly conversations on the phone with her lifelong pal Rene, who lives in London.

The topic is usually how times have changed so much.

Jim decided to put pen to paper and the nostalgic song was born. ‘It was fantastic,’ he said. ‘I was most impressed by how she took to it. She was enthusiastic.’

May said: ‘I love it and can’t wait to do it again. It’s a little bit of fun for a good cause.’

Sales of the single will go to Brain Tumour Research. Jim’s father and sister-in-law both died from tumours several years ago.

May added: ‘Jim and Debbie do so much for me. I would love to be able to give something back.’

A variety show, organised by Jim, whose stage name is Arnold Gutbucket, has also been planned for The Kings Theatre in Southsea on November 4 to raise funds.

Syd Little, of comedy double act Little and Large, is set to perform and Auntie May’s song will be played.

The track is available to download at auntiemay.bandcamp.com for £1 with 50p of each sale being donated to Brain Tumour Research. Auntie May’s video can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PusoFZEqR1w

OH HOW TIMES HAVE CHANGED

IT used to be that I would line up in the bank

If I was tired I could grab a seat

Now they call it progress if I need some cash

I’m standing in the rain by a machine in the street

I used to buy my music on a 12-inch disc and in the car it’s on a tape cassette

Now it arrives by magic out of cyberspace

From the thing that I don’t get they call the internet

Oh! How times have changed, well nothing can stay the same

But it seems such a shame and it rarely seems to be for the better

There used to be a time when if the car broke down

With our own tools we’d fix it easily

Now before you even start to raise the bonnet up

You have to have a laptop and computer degree

I could never fathom out the video if I wanted to record from my TV

Just as I had it mastered after many years it’s all been changed to hard disk and to DVD

Oh! How times have changed, well nothing can stay the same

But it seems such a shame and it rarely seems to be for the better

A gentleman on the bus would stand in days gone by, give you his seat, maybe escort you home

Now nobody even wants to catch your eye and they’re always on a mobile phone

Oh! How times have changed, well nothing can stay the same

But it seems such a shame and it rarely seems to be for the better