By now, everyone has heard that British-Australian chanteuse Olivia Newton-John lost her 30-year battle with breast cancer on Monday. She was the girl-next-door with an incredible voice that we first heard in 1971 with “If Not For You.” When she started her battle with cancer, she insisted on going holistic, using plant-based cures (including cannabis), and started her foundation to aid in finding a cure for the disease.
Her first #1 hit was 1974’s “I Honestly Love You,” a song by Jeff Barry and Peter Allen. Something about a beautiful Australian girl singing “I love you, I honestly love you” in a hushed voice made a lot of men, including myself and most of my friends, fall in love with her as well.
A work friend of mine and I were at a restaurant in Westwood Village the night she opened her clothing store, Koala Blue. We were watching the crowd on the sidewalk and all the excitement and commotion as we enjoyed adult beverages across the street. We were actually tempted to crash the party, but the thought of spending the night in the Westwood lock-up on a drunk-and-disorderly charge prevented us from doing so.
Rest in peace, Olivia. We honestly loved you.