The youngest surviving veteran of Operation Overlord has reached #1 on Amazon Music’s charts, beating out artists such as Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber.
Jim Radford, a 90-year-old Commonwealth veteran who served as a galley boy aboard a merchant vessel at age 15, has won over many hearts and minds with his song, The Shores of Normandy.
Released as the world commemorates D-Day’s 75th anniversary, Radford managed to beat out Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber’s hit song. I Don’t Care in the Amazon music chart- after only a week of airtime.
“I’m delighted, Radford said. “I never in my wildest dreams thought I would be No. 1 in any list.”
Proceeds from his song will go to help pay for a British monument to honor the Commonwealth troops who died at Normandy.
“We want people to remember all those good men,” he said “They deserve to be honoured and remembered. The thing that I remember most is seeing [the bodies of] those lads floating in the water- the ones who had to run up the beaches into the machine gun fire and never made it. I can still see their faces now.”
According to ClassicFM, the monument will be inaugurated June 6th by UK Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron.
The good news comes with the bad, however: Despite hitting number 1 in the UK charts, a recent survey showed that over half of Britons polled had no idea what D-Day was.
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