‘Gazza made me quit’ – legend left Lindisfarne over Fog on the Tyne reworking

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MUSIC legend Ray Jackson has revealed he left Lindisfarne because of the band’s infamous Fog on the Tyne collaboration with Gazza.

Ray said he refused to perform on the 1990 single and wouldn’t appear on Top of the Pops with the football star when it hit the number two spot in the UK charts.

Ray said: “Sadly I left the band because of that. I didn’t want to perform with him.

“I was pleaded to go on Top Of The Pops with him but I refused and this was one of the main reasons I left the band.”

The Paul Gascoigne revelation came to light during an interview on BBC Radio Humberside when Ray was asked whether the troubled ex-footballer would be appearing with him when he performs his first Lindisfarne Christmas Shows later this year.

Fog on the Tyne originally appeared as a track on a 1971 Lindisfarne album of the same name.

The heavily reworked version with vocals by Gazza was released in 1990, the same year the football star shed tears in the Italia 90 World Cup semi-final after picking up a booking that would have kept him out of the final.