During his set at the Red Hot Summer festival in Mannum, South Australia on Saturday (January 22), Paul Kelly welcomed Vika and Linda Bull out to help cover Renée Geyer’s 1981 classic ‘Say I Love You’.

The song was performed as a tribute to the late Geyer, who died earlier this month after suffering complications from hip surgery; she was 69 years old.

Kelly had long been friends with the jazz and soul icon. In a post shared alongside footage of his cover on social media, he wrote: “Vika and Linda and I and others in the band had many memorable moments over the years with Renée Geyer so we did a song for her last night in Mannum. Thank you, Renée!”

Days after her death was confirmed, it was revealed that Kelly had visited Geyer in hospital shortly before she died; according to her manager, the ‘How To Make Gravy’ legend was “quietly playing for Renée in [the] ICU and it was magic”.

Kelly paid tribute to Geyer publicly last weeksharing a photo of her ‘Sweet Life’ cover along with the caption: “So long, Renee. What a power! Passionate, difficult and wildly funny. You taught me a lot. Pulled songs out of me no one else could. We will never see or hear your like again. Angel flights, sing you to your rest.”

In their own tribute on social media, Vika and Linda wrote: “When it comes to singing, you are unparalleled. You made us cry and boy could you make us laugh. There will always be only one Renée. Rest in Peace Voice Angel.”

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