Seasons in the Sun lost recording found after 40 years


Alan Ludley recorded one of the world's most famous pop songs, Seasons in the Sun, years before it topped the charts.

He was the singer in Middlesbrough band Rivers Invitation, who were signed to Polydor, and were being groomed for stardom.

Tragically Alan was killed in a car crash in 1970 just before the record was due to be released.

Canadian Terry Jacks went on to have a huge hit with the song in 1973.

It went on to sell 10 million copies and became one of the 30 biggest hits of all time.

For years Alan Ludley's son, Adrian, has been on a quest to find the original recording of his father's song.

Now the lost song has been rediscovered lying in a storage box after 40 years.

John Foster from BBC Tees plays family and band members the lost recording in an emotional reunion.

BBC Inside Out North East & Cumbria is broadcast on Monday 16 January on BBC One at 19:30 GMT and nationwide for seven days after on the iPlayer.

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