FIVE MINUTES WITH: Singer Ricky Valance, the first Welsh man to have a number on single
12:50pm Wednesday 2nd January 2013 in Gwent news
If you had to be stuck in a lift with someone, who would it be and why?
A singer like Mario Lanza, Andy Williams or Tony Bennett, somebody who has been in the business and who you can talk to, someone who has been in the game a long time, like myself.
What is your biggest fear?
Whether there will be a world for my children and grandchildren.
All the catastrophes around the world, the earth only has a limited number of years. As a down-toearth grandparent it’s always on your mind.
Do you have any superstitions?
No, I think what’s to be will be. But I have had premonitions and I’m very psychic at times.
If you could have one song on your iPod, what would it be and why?
Mario Lanza I’ll Walk With God. He was a great tenor in the 1960s. It’s a lovely song I can identify with. God has helped me enormously.
What’s the most expensive thing you’ve bought, not including your property?
Many years ago I bought a car, a silver Austin Cambridge, it was top of the range, with leather seats and everything.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
We all have our traits and trends so people are constantly giving you advice. I suppose it’s a question of not getting involved in things that don’t concern you. I live by the personal motto of keeping your nose clean and your ambition strong. In this business it’s a question of keeping the right profile.
What’s your indulgence?
I have a few, I used to play golf a lot before an injury to my back. I like watching movies, I’ve always liked Marlon Brando, Robert De Niro and Al Pacino, good solid method actors, of which I used to be one.
What item could you not live without?
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be and why?
I have always been a battler to prove points and maybe I am a little over-enthusiastic at times for the wrong kind of things.
Where are you next going on holiday?
We are going back home to Spain on January 8, so that is almost a holiday.