Tributes to Gus from friends and colleagues
Lyricist and vocalist
I am a director of the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA), which holds not only the Ivor Novello Awards, for which Gus occasionally acted as a judge, but also the Gold Badge Awards. Every year “The Badges” celebrates a dozen veterans from all branches of the business, including stars and backroom-boys of all musical genres.
In the summer of 2002 we decided to honour Gus Dudgeon…and he opened our invitation on the morning of his death.
The Badges does not honour people posthumously, except under the extraordinary circumstances that they accept our invitation and then die before the actual ceremony. This caveat did not seem to apply in this case because Gus had never had the chance to respond to our invitation and had therefore not accepted it. The situation was cut and dried…until I heard from Stuart Epps that Gus actually entered The Gold Badge Awards event in his diary on that fateful morning. I put this point to a meeting of the Gold Badge committee and it was decided that the act of entering the date in his diary could be construed as an acceptance!
Gus’s Gold Badge and Certificate were received on his behalf at that year’s ceremony by my dear friend Kiki Dee, for whom he had produced I’ve Got The Music In Me and Don’t Go Breaking My Heart. Applause and tears flowed in equal measure as a fitting tribute was paid to a much-loved legend of popular music.