Courtesy of friend of the blog Marie Morris (That’s Reg’s daughter), it’s my sad duty to report that Adrian Wigley, brownhills musician, charity fundraiser and sometime world record holder passed away at 12:50am this morning.
Adrian will be remembered particularly for playing the electric organ with his tongue, which earned him a place in the Guinnesss Book of Records:
Adrian was also mentioned in the BBC Domesday project:
Adrian Wigley of Brownhills has an unusual way of raising money for charity. He plays the organ with his nose and tongue.
He noticed that it had never been done before and so he gave it a try, first of all using his nose. Following this success he then learned to play the organ using his tongue.
His work has received public recognition. He appeared on BBC
Television on 1st March 1984, and in 1986 his achievement of playing the organ six hours with his nose and two hours with his tongue will be included in the Guinness Book of Records.
He has raised money for many charities and this year the proceeds will be given to the Childrens’ Hospital in Birmingham. He hopes shortly to play the organ with his elbow.
Adrian was a real character, and will be sadly missed by his family, friends and acquaintances that were used, as I was, to seeing him around Brownhills.
Just heard the sad news of the passing of local Brownhills entertainer Adrian Wigley.
As a child growing up he played a part in most our families lives with his link to the Dolric.
Always the comic, from playing the piano-organ with various parts of his anatomy to the giggles with Dave Poxon when gracing the Dolric stage on big show nights.
For such a small bloke he had a huge personality and was always game for a laugh.
Whilst he will be sadly missed, the angels up above are in for some rib tickling entertainment.
God bless you Adrian and keep the music playing xx RIP.
My condolences. As soon as I have funeral details, I’ll post them here.
The following post was shared on Facebook by Charl Plant, who said:
Local legend Adrian Wigley R.I.P mate 💔 make sure u watch to the end typical Ade