Roy sees double in new venue tribute

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MIDLANDS rocker Roy Wood has been seeing double after a popular venue unveiled their tribute to him.

The Base Sessions video crew caught up with the singer as he took a look at a life-sized portrait of himself shortly after it was unveiled in Woody’s Bar at the Robin 2 club in Bilston last month.

Roy will forever be associated with his 1973 party hit I Wish it Could Be Christmas Everyday but his career is about much more than a seasonal standard.

He was a co-founder of bands The Move and the Electric Light Orchestra and is also a multi-talented instrumentalist who has played alongside stars including Jimi Hendrix and Bo Diddley.

As well as notching up 20 chart singles himself, Roy Wood’s tunes have been recorded by artists ranging in style from Nancy Sinatra to The Kaiser Chiefs.

He has continued to write, record and perform music in a career which has now spanned more than 50 years and his longevity is reflected in the Robin’s tribute.

The painting, by Australian artist Debra Dee, depicts a seated present day Roy being overlooked by his glam alter-ego as a jester from the 1970s.

Robin 2 owner, Mike Hamblett, who commissioned the artwork, said: “I’m extremely pleased with the painting, it is truly remarkable.”

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