Olivia Newton-John (1948–2022) Tribute List

December 26, 2022
Sandy, of Grease fame, Dame Olivia Newton-John was a British-Australian singer, actress, and activist. Four-time Grammy winner, with numerous top-ten singles and platinum singles and albums, Newton-John became one of the most popular international entertainers of the 1970s and 1980s. Later, she became an environmental activist, and her own breast cancer battles created years of cancer prevention advocacy, including the opening of a cancer and wellness center in Melbourne. She died of cancer on August 8, 2022, at home surrounded by her family. This tribute list includes song lyrics, articles, and a family statement.
I know I'm just a fool who's willing
To sit around and wait for you
But baby, can't you see there's nothing else for me to do?
I'm hopelessly devoted to you
– Hopelessly Devoted to You
"You're a fake and a phony, and I wish I never laid eyes on you!"
– Grease
A million lights are dancing and there you are, a shooting star
An everlasting world and you're here with me, eternally
– Xanadu
I can count the teardrops hidden from your eyes
I can hear the sadness that your smile belies
– I Will Touch You
And just the thought that we might meet
Creates anticipation
…But something yearns within to grow
Beyond infatuation
– If We Try
And though my nomad days have opened my eyes
I've learned that every game must bear a loss
– Home Ain’t Home Anymore
For I know he would not encumber me
He ain't heavy, he's my brother
– He Ain’t Heavy…He’s My Brother
Compassionate man, so gentle
Trying hard to shelter me
Compassionate Man
In my darkness I will pray
For destiny to send me your way
– Love Make Me Strong
Let us hope it's not too late
And that we can amend
All the pain we have suffered on a friend
– The Promise (The Dolphin Song)
A higher voice has called the tune
Two hearts that lost the beat will now resume
The gift of life extension
By divine intervention
– Twist of Fate
I try to stay defiant, be tough and self-reliant
– (Living In) Desperate Times
I'm a do or die fanatic, no rationale
– Moth to a Flame
Talk about the children
What will be their legacy
– Let’s Talk about Tomorrow
We've always been humble
Too scared to be proud
– Sunburned Country
Olivia has been a symbol of triumphs and hope for over 30 years sharing her journey with breast cancer. Her healing inspiration and pioneering experience with plant medicine continues with the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund, dedicated to researching plant medicine and cancer.
Family Statement/Obituary
Hardness never was Newton-John's comfort zone, though, and the 1980s were a much harder decade than the 1970s. The inherent warmth of 1970s studio sessions gave way to the cold, synthesized gleam of the 1980s…
Los Angeles Times
The singer-songwriter and actress...officially became a dame at the 2020 New Years Honours Services...."I am extremely excited, honored and grateful beyond words to be included with such an esteemed group of women who have received this distinguished award before me..."
Rolling Stone

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