Stars shine for Sam Sorono at hospice fundraiser - VIDEO

GOLDEN stars of television, rock and clubland will shine again - reunited for a hospice fundraiser in memory of South Yorkshire's Sam Sorono.

The Filipino singer, a big name on the clubs circuit, became a household name as a Tom Jones impersonator in the first ever series of Stars in the Eyes, in 1991.

But Sam, who lived in Bramley, Rotherham, was diagnosed with prostate cancer in October 2006, which by then had invaded his whole body.

He died in Rotherham Hospice aged 58 - leaving a widow, Michelle, daughter Samantha and son, Sam Junior.

Showbiz pals have been trying to make a date in their busy diaries for the past 16-months to pay tribute to the entertainer and raise money for the hospice.

That will now happen at Batley Variety Club, tomorrow, Thursday, April 29, 2010.

VIDEO: Press the play button to watch our video chat with show organisers Mike Ryal and and Neil Crossland.

Billed as Billy Pearce and Friends, the bill will also include comedy double act Cannon and Ball, band Amen Corner, funnyman Duncan Norvelle, St Elmo's Fire singer John Parr, plus top club acts James Brandon, Linda Newport and magic act Safire.

They are all former friends of Sam, who made films in Hong Kong and started his career in the Philippines entertaining US troops, with acts such as Count Basie and Ike and Tina Turner.

South Yorkshire-based musical director Mike Ryal and stage-wear tailor Neil Crossland have organised the show.

Mike said: "We have here some of the biggest names of their generation - all still very busy and in much demand.

"To get them all together for one night has been incredibly difficult.

"But they all wanted to be a part of this tribute to Sam, to raise money for the hospice which cared for him."

Neil, who made stage clothes for Sam, said: "He had an incredible voice and his death was a sad loss to us all."

Tickets are 20, from the venue, or call 01924-442122 and for more information visit

READ MORE: Rocker John Parr will also play at a fundraising concert for late DJ and children's charities worker Dave Kilner, at Sheffield City Hall, on Friday, April 30. For video chat and more - CLICK HERE.

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