A RUBERY musician who has struck a chord with fans in Germany will return to his roots with a visit to his old home as part of promotions for his new album.

Hamburg-based Dee Arthur James will return to the village during an appearance on internet radio station Greatest Hits Radio Midlands on Monday, October 17.

The 62-year-old, who previously released a song called "Rubery" in 2014, will appear on the show’s breakfast and teatime slots to promote his album "Another Flame".

He said: "I’m a guest on the show and in between I’ll have a meet and greet with some of my fans from the area, visiting Rubery and taking in the old memories.

"Rubery can never be topped. Going to church at St. Chad’s on Sunday morning and Sunday school after lunch and yearning to play in the Scouts band – it’s where it all began.

"I wanted to be a drummer but ended up playing a battered old bugle. I just dreamed of being a pop star just like John Lennon!"

The pop-rocker fulfilled his ambition after touring Europe with his band Dizzy Heights, moving to Germany in 1984 and earning solo deals with PolyGram Records and CBS/Sony.

He has since worked with Mayte Mateos from Spanish duo Baccara, and performed The Star-Spangled Banner at The Eurobowl in 1999 – the continent’s version of the Superbowl.

He added: "Since settling in Hamburg I’ve gone from tiny corners in pubs to being invited to sing the American National Anthem at the Volksparkstadion for the Eurobowl final.

"That was mind blowing. I was a nervous wreck beforehand but it went well.

"I’ve worked with top names in the German pop business as a session singer, performed voiceovers for adverts and released various albums in South America and Japan.

"I’m now completely independent and happy to be that way.

"I’m very proud of what I’ve achieved throughout my career. From a young boy playing the bugle in St. Chad’s Scouts band, I’ve become a lucky and proud singer-songwriter."

His new single "My Only Regret" is available from October 17 while the album "Another Flame" is released on January 27 - both are available at dee-arthur-james.de.