Jim Radford is currently topping the charts and beating music veterans such as Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, and Justin Bieber on the UK singles chart after the release of his beautiful heartwarming song, "Shores of Normandy."
Many could relate to the lovely song that brings back all the memories of what war veterans had to go through during World War II. It is no surprise the song is now topping the charts.
Jim Radford singing "Shores of Normandy" | Photo: YouTube/Normandy Memorial Trust
Jim Radford, 90 was a D-Day veteran who started as a gulley boy working on a tugboat. During the invasion, Radford, who was only about 16, served in the British Merchant Navy alongside his two older brothers.
"Shores of Normandy" was written 50 years ago to mark the 25th anniversary of the D-Day. After so long, Radford finally recorded the song, and he couldn't have foreseen the overwhelming response he got from people who not only sensed the heart-wrenching feel to the song but could also relate with the losses of the heroes past.
The song was however released by the "Normandy Memorial Trusty" to create awareness and raise funds for the 75th anniversary memorial of the D-Day.
During an interview with "ABC News," which took place at the St. Paul's School in London, the D-Day veteran confessed how "overwhelmed" he felt about people's appraisal of the song.
After 75 years, Radford still recalls the happenings of the D-Day like it was only yesterday. He stated that loyalty to one's team mates was of utmost importance and no one was looking to leave the other person behind.
"Your main concern [in the fighting] is not to let your comrades down," he told ABC News
"You're not thinking about king or country; you're not thinking about democracy. You're thinking about, 'My mates depend on me, as I depend on them.' That stayed with me. Anyone who was in Normandy, we all feel that bond to each other. And especially to all the lads who didn't come back."
The elderly man also stated that the young ones of today would never know what it felt like during the war, where at least one in every four men died. Realizing how well the song was doing, Radford confessed that he knows his new found fame will not last, but he is excited about how well the song is being accepted.
The "D-Day" pronounced "The Day" was the most massive seaborne invasion in history with 7000 ships taking part in the war, and over 2,500 deaths were recorded.
\Radford was clearly right about something; the youths of today cannot begin to comprehend the seriousness and vitality of that day.