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Ken Dodd

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Kenneth Arthur Dodd OBE (born 8 November 1927, in Knotty Ash, Liverpool) is a veteran English comedian and singer, famous for selling over 100 million records, his buck teeth, frizzy hair, feather duster (or “tickling stick”), and his catchphrases, often playing on the ‘tickled’ motif, e.g. “How tickled I am!”. He works mainly in the music hall tradition, although, in the past, has occasionally appeared in drama , including as Malvolio in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night on stage in Liverpool in 1971; on television in the cameo role of ‘The Tollmaster’ in the 1987 Doctor Who story Delta and the Bannermen; and as Yorick in Kenneth Brannagh’s film version of Shakespeare’s Hamlet in 1996.

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His comedy style is fast and furious, relying on a rapid delivery of a huge number of one-liner jokes. He intersperses the comedy with occasional songs, both serious and humorous, in a light baritone voice. Dodd has had many recording hits, charting on 19 occasions in the UK Top 40, including his first single Love Is Like A Violin (1960), produced on Decca by Alex Wharton, which charted at number 8 (UK), and his song Tears, which topped the UK charts for five weeks in 1965, selling over two million copies. This remains one of the biggest selling singles of all time in the United Kingdom.

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  • britishboy1976

    For anyone who is interested, EMI release on 23 April 2012 'Completely Cilla: 1963-1973' - a 5CD boxset of material by the British pop singer Cilla Black who began her career alongside The Beatles in Liverpool during the 1960s. Cilla went on to chart 18 Top 40 singles during that decade and toured across the world with many of the other sixties greats. The new set contains 139 recordings all produced by George Martin (the man behind The Beatles' hits) and comes with a bonus Region 0 / NTSC DVD of many previously unreleased BBC TV music performances.

    19 Apr 2012 Reply
  • mrsongbird

    Saw him in the Liverpool Empire years ago, he was brilliant a very funny man !!!

    30 Nov 2011 Reply
  • pinkpressthreat

    "So tickled to be here!"

    2 Mar 2011 Reply
  • davidgeorgea

    Comedian yes. But he new how to deliver a song.

    22 Sep 2010 Reply
  • ashdinosaur

    I wish I was Ken Dodd. Fantastic.

    3 Feb 2010 Reply
  • Mickwishy

    To blissy10, your obviously taking too much of the white stuff, what are you doing listening to Ken Dodd then comparing it to Doom Metal, no comparison, Dodd has sold over 100 million records, which doom band can say that. Tw**

    21 Feb 2009 Reply
  • Hayrec

    Ken Dodd is simply one of the all time greats. Lovely voice, great entertainer and one of Britains finest.

    24 Dec 2008 Reply
  • blissy10

    Ken Dodd is actually more depressing than the large amount of Doom metal i listen to.

    28 Apr 2008 Reply

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