Bill Tarmey - One Voice
Bill Tarmey (born William Piddington; 4 April 1941 – 9 November 2012) was an English actor, singer and author, best known for playing Jack Duckworth in the soap opera Coronation Street. First appearing in the role in November 1979, he played it continually from 1981 to 2010.
Tarmey was an accomplished singer and released several albums. Four of his albums, A Gift of Love (1993), Time for Love (1994), After Hours (1996) and In My Life (2001) appeared on the UK Albums Chart, as well as three singles charting on the UK Singles Chart. His biggest hit single was this, a cover of the Barry Manilow song "One Voice" which Tarmey recorded with the St Winifred's School Choir and producers Stock & Waterman (from hitmaking production team Stock Aitken Waterman). This one-off release would reach number 16 in the UK singles chart for BMG's Arista label, with Tarmey signing a deal with EMI to record more music, after its success.