Congratulations to Thomas on his Roland Lifetime Achievement Award!

Roland and BOSS presented their third-annual Lifetime Achievement Awards to synthpop and electronic music pioneer and solo artist Thomas Dolby (Roland), and guitar virtuoso, artist, and producer Steve Vai (BOSS). The Roland/BOSS Lifetime Achievement Awards recognize individuals for their invaluable contributions to the music industry while using Roland and/or BOSS gear throughout their careers. The gala event was attended by artists, musicians, and leading journalists from the music industry.  Read the press release!

 

Thomas’ book is one of Amazon.com’s picks for best books in 2016! Have you got yours?

In 1981 I wrote a song called ‘One Of Our Submarines.’ It was the B-side to the single ‘She Blinded Me With Science’, and the two songs were included on a reissue of my debut album ‘The Golden Age of Wireless’.

In interviews I often told the story of my uncle, Stephen Spring-Rice, who was 2nd in command of a British Navy WW2 submarine P48 when it sank, with the loss of all hands. In the song lyrics, his submarine 'ran aground on maneuvers.’ I imagined this took place off the coast of England in a non-combat situation, near Plymouth where she was stationed. This was the story as I remembered it in family folklore—or as I pictured it at the time. (I have often written lyrics that rhymed and scanned and used poetic license, without much solid research behind them!) In 1981 not much was known or published about Stephen’s U-boat, P48, other than a book by the same title that included a dedication to ‘Sprice.’

In the 35+ years since I wrote the song, a great deal more information about P48 has come to light. Certain naval records have become declassified. Commissioned in 1942, she had a short-lived but quite action-packed career... uboat.net/allies/warships/ship/3555.html. In particular, it is now known that Stephen’s sub, P48, was actually lost off the coast of Tunisia. She was depth charged by an Italian motor torpedo boat Ardente on Christmas Day in 1942 at 37º15'N, 10º30’E, near to Zembre Island. She was tracking an important enemy ship convoy, one of which she may have destroyed. It is not clear whether she sank right away or survived initially only to perish elsewhere.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_P48_(1942)

In the last few months, a dive expedition off the North African coast believe they have located the wreck of the P48 submarine. In July 2018 they hope to dive to the wreck, which may reveal clearer a clearer picture of her sinking. Obviously, I’m very keen to follow their progress, and I will update the story I tell—though it’s a little too late to change the lyrics to ‘One Of Our Submarines.’

[TMDR]

P.S. Armed with this information, would someone be good enough to correct this Wikipedia entry? en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One_of_Our_Submarines
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Thomas received the Roland Lifetime Achievement award at NAMM last night! Then he celebrated with a little "Science!" Check it out! Congrats, Thomas! (Lunesse) ... See MoreSee Less

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From all of us here in Dolbyland, we wish you the very best of health and happiness in 2018. Go out and create something amazing! Love to you all. ... See MoreSee Less

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