THE Halifax’s singing former bank clerk, Howard Brown, has burst into the pop charts.
His charity single, a cover of Barry White’s You’re The First, The Last, My Everything, came in at number 13 yesterday.
The record is raising money for the NSPCC/Children 1st charity.
The CD single also includes the track that launched his celebrity career, Tom Jones’ Sex Bomb. Brown used to work in the Sheldon, West Midlands branch, and still works for Halifax Bank of Scotland promoting the brand throughout the country.
He was chosen from more than 600 Halifax colleagues in its "Search for a Star" competition, and first appeared on the TV screens on Boxing Day 2000. Since then he has appeared in a further five adverts himself and as an animation in eight more.
Boy band McFly went straight in at number one with All About You/You’ve Got A Friend.
McFly’s single is also raising money for charity - Comic Relief.
Cult 70s hit Is This the Way to Amarillo? is released today, threatening to carry the almost-forgotten singer Tony Christie to number one in the charts, and raising more money for Comic Relief. A video starring comedian Peter Kay miming to the 1971 classic, shown for the first time on Friday on BBC1 on Red Nose Day, will also be available.
The 31-year-old funnyman helped bring the tune to a younger audience after it was used in his award-winning Channel Four show Phoenix Nights.