Posthumous hit for young songwriter

Hampshire Chronicle: Michael Molloy was on his way home from Bestival when he died in a coach crash Michael Molloy was on his way home from Bestival when he died in a coach crash

A song written by a teenager who died in a coach crash while returning from a music festival has reached the top 40 singles chart.

Rise and Fall, composed by 18-year-old Michael Molloy from Woolton in Liverpool a year before he died, entered the charts at number 38. It was recorded by his best friend Alex Evans thanks to production support from Bestival's record label, Sunday Best, and festival organiser Rob Da Bank, a BBC Radio 1 DJ.

Mr Molloy was travelling home from the Bestival music festival on the Isle of Wight last September when the coach crashed on the A3 in Surrey. Coach driver Colin Daulby, 63, from Warrington, Cheshire, and Kerry Ogden, 23, from Maghull, near Liverpool, were also killed in the crash, near Hindhead, which left 50 others injured.

The teenager's brother, Joe, has previously said of the song: "It was Michael's ambition to have his music recognised by the wider world. He never fulfilled that ambition so we, his family, are fulfilling it for him.

"Michael can never come back and we will never cease to grieve for him. We think about him every hour of every day.

"But Michael's passion for music and his talent was one of the qualities which defined him and we want the rest of the world, through his music, to understand and appreciate in a small way just what a special human being he was.

"The release of the single is both in memoriam and in celebration and we wish to thank Sunday Best and all of the people who have supported Michael over many years."

Mr Molloy's mother Frances, also speaking earlier this year, added: "We will always be thankful for the fact that he was the happiest 18-year-old alive at the time of his death. He was fulfilled and full of hopes and dreams. One of those dreams was for his talent to be recognised. The release of Rise and Fall means that will now happen."

Rob da Bank, who said: "It's obvious to me that Michael was a young and rare talent and that music was an extremely important part of his life.

"I've heard he absolutely loved Bestival and had a great time at Bestival 2012 so I feel privileged to be able to help his family fulfil his and their ambition of getting Michael's music out there."

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