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Wednesday, March 29, 2006
Sol Raye back in hospital
Stabroek News
Sol Raye

Guyanese singing legend Sol Raye is back in the Royal Marsden Hospital in London and the prognosis for him does not appear to be good.

He was rushed back in nine days ago, two weeks after being released from his previous stay. He had returned home to West London and had even played a concert in Derby in the British Midlands. His manager said that may have been a mistake. Sol Raye has been fighting prostrate cancer for several years, and it has since spread to his stomach. He had to have a major operation last year.

Raye, a Guyanese icon, sings beautifully and has entertained audiences on both sides of the Atlantic for nearly four decades. He not only looks like Nat 'King' Cole, he also sings like him. Sol Raye (Real name Deryck Marshall Corbin) is the eldest brother of PNC Leader Robert Corbin and emigrated to the UK four decades ago.

He is a respected figure in the UK Diaspora making regular appearances at shows like the flood relief concert in February 2005. This February he was hospitialised and unable to either perform or to collect his well deserved Guyana High Commission (UK) Award.

His new album, called 'Sol Raye Restrospective' is due to be released later this year on his own record label, Target. (John Mair)