When senior citizen Fred Knittle was filmed singing Coldplay's "Fix You" with Young@Heart Chorus, a Massachusetts singing group made up entirely of people aged 73 to 89, the heart of a nation was captured.
Young@Heart Chorus began in 1982, and are especially known for their covers of songs by artists like Coldplay, Jimi Hendrix and Sonic Youth. The group gained even more attention after being featured in a self-titled British documentary, which highlighted Knittle's special performance of "Fix You."
Knittle's cover was particularly haunting as the 80-year-old was facing many health problems at the time. In fact, he had retired from the group in 2002 due to his poor heath, and only occasionally returned for guest appearances like this one.
He passed away a few years later at the age of 83.
Hearing Knittle sing lyrics like "When you feel so tired, but you can't sleep/ Stuck in reverse" as a machine pumps air into his body, is enough to bring anyone to tears.
In a tribute to Knittle on Young@Heart's website it says:
"He was able to spend his last few days surrounded by family, visited by friends, sharing stories, telling jokes, watching football, some of his favorite pastimes. He died peacefully, knowing that he was loved and will be missed, but feeling he had led a full and happy life and had been blessed with a loving wife and family, including the twelve grandchildren that he couldn't get enough of."
His memory certainly lives on through his performances, and in particular this recording of "Fix You" that has touched so many, as the video posted on YouTube in 2013 has already been viewed over 300k times.
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