The Anthony Moriah Memorial Page
I first met Tony when he came to the Four Seasons Hotel in Park Lane, where Mixed Feelings were performing at a Barmitzvah Party one Sunday back in 2002. He was introduced to me as a singer who would like to do some ‘dep’ work with the band. He got up on the stage that night and sang Lionel Ritchie’s ‘Truly’. I knew then, from his beautiful voice, that he would be an excellent front singer for Mixed Feelings. Within three months, our current singer had gone and Tony was a member of Mixed Feelings. Since that time he made over 800 appearances for the band; his wonderful voice and performance mesmerizing audiences everywhere.
Tony quickly became a part of our ‘family’ (in this band, we tend to stay together for a very long time. We are quite close!) and was loved by us all. He was a gentle man, unassuming and modest. Reliable and professional, I just loved it when he had his hair styled into ‘dreads’ (and also when he bought us ‘treats’ such as a regular box of Krispy Kreme doughnuts!).
Tony was also great company and a real joy to be with. He loved his music and was never happier than when traveling with the band to such lovely places as Crete, Tenerife, Muscat & Oman, France, Switzerland, Germany, Seville, Barcelona and, in June 2009, on board the delightful ‘Silver Whisper’ cruise to Monte Carlo. (A lovely memory).
We had all been concerned about Tony since the middle of August when he had been complaining of back pains. His last appearance for Mixed Feelings was at the Intercontinental Hotel in London’s Park Lane, on Thursday 17 September 2009. Tony went – immediately after the gig – to Kings College Hospital where he was diagnosed as being severely dehydrated. I went to France the next day and had exchanged some cheerful texts with him, assuming he would be OK. A few days later, however, I received the sad news that Tony had died of liver failure. (He never touched alcohol). All members of the band were in total shock and I was not the only one to shed tears. We have not yet got over it. Our thoughts go out to his dear family. Tony will always be part of us and will live on in our hearts and music. He was only 41 years old.
We love and miss you mate.
Listen to the track Dance with my Father to hear Tony’s beautiful voice.