Young At Heart Fix You
Fred Knittle sings Coldplay’s ‘Fix You’ in this music video from the Channel 4 documentary, Young@Heart. Young At Heart Chorus is a travelling chorus from New England, USA, with members ranging in age from 71 to 93. The original troupe was formed in 1982 in Walter Salvo House, Northampton, Massachusetts. Fred Knittle, the lead singer here, suffers from breathing difficulties associated with congestive heart failure. He had been meant to be singing in a duet with Young@Heart chorus member, Bob Salvini but was left to sing alone when Bob died of a heart attack.
Young At Heart Background
Fred Knittle was born in Utica, New York in 1925 and, as the son of a poor barber, he lived through the depression years. From 1944 to 1946, he served with the United States Army Infantry in Italy, the Philippines and Japan. He came back and attended Syracuse University, graduating in 1950. He first worked as an executive for the YMCA in New York and Chicago, before accepting the position of Vice President for Development at The Clarke School for the Deaf in Northampton, Massachusetts. On his retirement, he joined the Young@Heart Chorus and, for the first time, began singing in public. He facetiously says that, as a member of the Chorus, he went with them from continent to continent until he became incontinent, and then had to retire. While no longer traveling with the Chorus because of his breathing problems, he will accept an occasional opportunity to sing with the group at a special event.
Young at Heart was directed by Stephen Walker and produced by Sally George, via Walker George Films.
Fred Knittle, 83, died Thursday, January 1, 2009.