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Kenny Lynch

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Kenny Lynch, OBE (Born Stepney 18 March 1939) is a British 1960s singer, songwriter, entertainer and actor from London. A popular entertainer, he appeared in a great many variety shows in the ’60s. His sister, Gladys (stage name Maxine Daniels) was a jazz singer of some note.

He had many UK hit singles in the early 1960s, including the two top-tens “Up on the Roof” in December 1962 and “You Can Never Stop Me Loving You” in June 1963. In addition, he has written songs for others — notably The Small Faces’ #3 hit “Sha-La-La-La-Lee” with legendary American songwriter Mort Shuman.

His numerous TV appearances include roles in Celebrity Squares, Room at the Bottom and Curry and Chips as well as minor parts in Z-Cars, The Sweeney, Til Death Us Do Part and Treasure Hunt.

Known for charity work, Lynch has often played in charity football matches and Michael Parkinson’s ‘Celebrity Cricket’ fundraisers.

Whilst on a coach with the Beatles (on tour with Helen Shapiro), Lynch reportedly offered to help them write a song, but quickly became frustrated and criticised their ability to compose music - see From Me to You. Years later he appeared on the cover of Wings 1973 album Band on the Run, along with other celebrities. He attended the funeral of Alan Ball on May 3rd , 2007.

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