King Kenny Honoured in Tribute Charity Single


Available 4 March

I have to be honest. I never thought I’d see the day when Kenny Dalglish would feature in the pages of decibelROGUE. Why would I? But thanks to Scottish band December, he does!

Their latest single ‘Kenneth Mathieson Dalglish’ is released on 4 March, which coincidentally is also the date of the sporting legend’s 65th birthday. The song is a charity recording and the proceeds from the single will go to the Marina Dalglish Appeal.

The Marina Dalglish Appeal was set-up by the Dalglish family in 2005 ‘to do something to help’ after Marina was successfully treated for breast cancer in 2003. The charity has one very simple aim, ‘to make a difference’. The fundraising started with a target of £1.2 million to create a new Chemotherapy Unit at Aintree University Hospital where patients could be treated for a range of cancers in a spa-like environment.

Known as ‘The Retreat’, the centre is still thriving 8 years on having treated over 2,000 patients. It also offers complimentary and holistic treatments for breast cancer patients which can help ease the side-effects of chemotherapy, as well as reduce stress levels. And besides, a mani-pedi never hurt anyone!

December grew up together in the 1970s and 80s and have been fans of Dalglish since childhood. The song charts Kenny’s career with Celtic and Liverpool, references his European Cup achievements with Liverpool and his goals for Scotland. The song also pays tribute to the 96 victims of the tragic events at Hillsborough.

“It is really impossible to properly put into words what Kenny Dalglish means to us. He transcends football. He’s not just the best player to ever play for Scotland and Liverpool; he was also (as Graeme Souness said) the best player in the world in his best days with Liverpool. He is the kind of person that songs should be written about. We wrote this about him because he is inspirational and also as our own thank you to him for the years of pure joy his playing brought to us – he made our lives better. He has all our respect and admiration.” – Scott Pattison (Guitar, December)

The song is available to purchase on iTunes from 4 March, but you can try before you buy HERE

You can learn more about the Marina Dalglish Appeal HERE

Follow December on Facebook HERE