Eighties legend is unrecognisable on This Morning 40 years after huge hit and surprise TV cameo | The Sun

EIGHTIES legend Holly Johnson appeared on This Morning today – forty years after topping the charts with his huge hit Relax.

The Frankie Goes To Hollywood star wore a grey suit for his stint on the ITV sofa and told presenters Rochelle Hulmes and and Andi Peters how the song took off in 1984.

The singer explained it was first released in 1983 and became a hit "by accident" a year later.

Holly, 63, said: "Someone at the record company made T-shirts as a promotional item, but no one wanted them.

"So we asked could we take them on tour with us to sell and pay for the tour, and they sold."

The T-shirts were emblazoned with the slogan "Frankie says RELAX Don't do it!"


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"It became a big thing in the eighties," he added.

The BBC later banned the song from radio and TV broadcasts deeming its lyrics about homosexual love obscene, and Holly was gutted to be banned from Top Of The Pops.

He said: "It was a double edged sword. It was very disappointing because I had watched TOTP my whole life and it was my dream to be on it."

Holly also confirmed a movie about his life based on his 1994 memoir A Bone in My Flute is in the works.

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He'll be played by Callum Scott Howells, who is best known for playing Colin in Channel 4 drama It's a Sin.

It will focus on Holly being a trailblazer for gay rights after he revealed in his memoir that he had been diagnosed with HIV in 1991.

He has been on combination therapy since 1996, but previously admitted: "Even then, I didn’t believe it was going to work.

"A considerable amount of effort goes into (my health). I live like a nun. I don’t drink, I don’t smoke, I haven’t done for years. I take copious amounts of vitamins and medications. I do everything possible to support my health."

Holly guest starred on the hit ITV comedy Benidorm in 2018.

The star turned up at the Solana Hotel to entertain holidaymakers in Neptunes.

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