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Alfie Boe readies for 'As Time Goes By' tour / The Sunday Post interview

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Born Alfred Giovanni Roncalli Boe in the Lancashire seaside town 45 years ago, the tenor was named after the original Italian name of Pope John XXIII. "I know, it's very schizophrenic, isn't it?" laughs Alfie, who'll shortly head out on tour to support his latest hit album As Time Goes By. "I come from both those backgrounds, Norwegian and Irish, but the Italian thing is a little strange as I don't have any Italian blood in me – basically my mother named me after a Pope, which was a bit odd. "It never got me any flak from my friends at school, though, they were totally accepting of my very strange names – he said sarcastically!"

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