Irish singer Geldof honoured by Israeli university

Bob Geldof

Bob Geldof

Irish singer Bob Geldof is perhaps better known these days for his campaigns against famine than he is for his music.

Now the Dublin born musician who inspired Band Aid and Live Aid to help the starving in Africa is to be awarded an honorary doctorate from the Ben Gurion University in Israel.

Geldof first came to public attention as the lead singer with the Boomtown Rats, who had a string of top ten hits in the late 1970s including Rat Trap and I Don’t Like Mondays which both went to number one in the UK charts.

In the 1980s, he turned his considerable talents and energy to raising money to help famine relief in Africa.

The honorary award, which will be presented in May, is to mark both his contribution to music and his tireless campaigning on behalf of famine relief.

Congratulations Bob! You deserve it, but don’t forget the music. We look forward to seeing you back on stage soon or in the recording studio, producing another album.

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Patrick Kehoe

Pat Kehoe is a writer for Irish Music Daily. His favourite Irish music bands are the Dubliners and Planxty.

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