Kim Wilde pays tribute to comic Mel Smith
PUBLISHED: 21:21 20 July 2013 | UPDATED: 22:42 20 July 2013
SINGER Kim Wilde has paid tribute to Mel Smith following the comedian's death.
"Proud to have been your Christmas Cracker Melvyn. X"
The Not The Nine O’Clock News funnyman and half of comic double act Alas Smith and Jones has died of a heart attack, aged 60.
Kids in America star Kim, from Codicote, enjoyed one of her biggest UK hits alongside Mel Smith, on a cover of Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree.
Performing as Mel and Kim, they reached number three in the charts with the festive single in 1987. You can watch the YouTube video for the song above.
Taking to Twitter today (Saturday), Kim Wilde (@kimwilde) tweeted: “Happy memories of Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree with the late, great Mel Smith. Proud to have been your Christmas Cracker Melvyn. X”
Kim’s musician brother Ricky Wilde (@Wildericky) also paid tribute via Twitter.
He tweeted: “RIP Mel Smith.. very sad news.. thoughts go out to his loved ones.. only 60?!? Jeez:-( ”
Fan Tam Shilham (@Tshilham) tweeted: “Mel Smith and Kim Wilde’s “Rocking Around The Christmas Tree” cover is one of my all time favourite Xmas songs!!”
The men behind new sci-fi comedy The World’s End, which was partly filmed in Welwyn Garden City, have also paid tribute to the “influential” star.
Hertfordshire-based actor Simon Pegg (@simonpegg) tweeted: “Sad to hear about Mel Smith. His influence on contemporary British comedy both as a performer and producer is impossible to calculate.”
And fellow screenwriter Edgar Wright (@edgarwright), who directed The World’s End, Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead, tweeted: “So sad to hear about Mel Smith. His deadpan delivery and poker face never failed to make me smile. He will be missed.”