#160: Family Man by Mike Oldfield
Peak Month: November 1982
16 weeks on Vancouver’s CKLG chart
Peak Position #3 ~ CFUN
Peak Position on Billboard Hot 100 ~ did not chart
YouTube.com: “Family Man”
Lyrics: “Family Man”
Michael Oldfield was born in Reading, England, in 1953. In 1960, his mother had given birth to a younger brother with Down syndrome who died while an infant. His mother got addicted to barbiturates and spent the rest of her life in mental institutions. Oldfield took up the guitar aged ten, first learning on a 6-string acoustic instrument which his father had given to him. By the time he was 12, Oldfield played the electric guitar and performed in local folk and youth clubs and dances, earning as much as £4 per gig. In 1968, he formed a folk duo with his sister, Sally, named The Sallyangie. They released one album in 1969. The duo split, and Mike Oldfield suffered a nervous breakdown.