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Sir
Sir
Kenneth Arthur Dodd OBE (8 November 1927 – 11 March 2018[1]) was an English comedian, singer and occasional actor. He was described as "the last great music hall entertainer", and was primarily known for his live stand-up performances. A lifelong resident of Knotty Ash
Knotty Ash
in Liverpool, Dodd's career as an entertainer started in the mid-1950s. His performances included rapid and incessant delivery of often surreal jokes, and would run for several hours, frequently past midnight. His verbal and physical comedy was supplemented by his red, white and blue "tickling stick" prop, and often introduced by his characteristic upbeat greeting of "How tickled I am!" He interspersed the comedy with songs, both serious and humorous, and with his original speciality, ventriloquism. He also had several hit singles primarily as a ballad singer in the 1960s, and occasionally appeared in dramatic roles. He performed on radio and television, and popularised the characters of the Diddy Men. He was knighted in the 2017 New Year Honours
2017 New Year Honours
for services to entertainment and charity. His stage career lasted for over 60 years, and he continued to perform, when his health permitted, until his death at the age of 90.

Contents

1 Early life 2 Comedy 3 Music 4 Tax evasion
Tax evasion
court case 5 Honours 6 Personal life 7 Death 8 Television work

8.1 Other television work

9 Radio series 10 UK chart singles 11 References 12 Further reading 13 External links

Early life[edit] Kenneth Arthur Dodd was born on 8 November 1927 in Knotty Ash, a suburb of Liverpool, Merseyside,[2] in the former farmhouse to Arthur Dodd and Sarah (née Gray);[3] where his parents lived. He had an elder brother, William and a younger sister, June.[3] He went to the Knotty Ash
Knotty Ash
School, and sang in the local church choir of St John's Church, Knotty Ash. He was to live in Knotty Ash
Knotty Ash
all his life, dying in the house in which he was born, and often referred to the area – as well as its mythical "jam butty mines" and "black pudding plantations" – in his act.[4][5] He then attended Holt High School, a grammar school in Childwall, Liverpool, but left at the age of 14 to work for his father, a coal merchant.[6][7] Around this time he became interested in show business after seeing an advert in a comic: "Fool your teachers, amaze your friends—send 6d in stamps and become a ventriloquist!"[8] and sending off for the book. Not long after, his father bought him a ventriloquist's dummy and Ken called it Charlie Brown. He started entertaining at the local orphanage, then at various other local community functions. His distinctive bucked teeth were the result of a cycling accident after a group of schoolfriends dared him to ride a bicycle with his eyes closed.[4] Aged 18, he began working as a travelling salesman, and used his work van to travel to comedy clubs in the evenings.[9] He gained his big break at age 26 when, in September 1954, he made his professional show-business debut as Professor Yaffle Chucklebutty, Operatic Tenor and Sausage Knotter at the Nottingham
Nottingham
Empire. He later said, "Well at least they didn't boo me off".[10][2] He continued to perform, and in 1955 he appeared at Blackpool, where, in the following year, he had a part in Let's Have Fun. His performance at the Central Pier was part of a comedy revue with Jimmy James and Company. Also on the same bill were Jimmy Clitheroe
Jimmy Clitheroe
and Roy Castle.[11] Dodd first gained top billing at Blackpool
Blackpool
in 1958.[12] Comedy[edit]

Dodd at the Civic Hall, Ellesmere Port, 2006. Stand-up theatre work was the mainstay of his career.

Dodd was described as "the last great music hall entertainer".[13] His stand-up comedy style was fast and relied on the rapid delivery of one-liner jokes. He said that his comic influences included other Liverpool
Liverpool
comedians like Arthur Askey, Robb Wilton, Tommy Handley
Tommy Handley
and the "cheeky chappy" from Brighton, Max Miller.[14] He interspersed the comedy with occasional songs, both serious and humorous, in an incongruously fine light baritone voice, and with his original speciality, ventriloquism.[15] Part of his stage act featured the Diddy Men ("diddy" being local slang for "small"). At first an unseen joke conceived as part of Dodd's imagination, they later appeared on stage, usually played by children.[16] Dodd worked mainly as a solo comedian, including in a number of eponymous television and radio shows and made several appearances on BBC TV's music hall revival show, The Good Old Days.[17] Although he enjoyed making people laugh, he was also a serious student of comedy and history, and was interested in Sigmund Freud
Sigmund Freud
and Henri Bergson's analysis of humour.[9] Occasionally, he appeared in dramatic roles, including Malvolio
Malvolio
in William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night
Twelfth Night
on stage in Liverpool
Liverpool
in 1971; on television in the cameo role of 'The Tollmaster' in the 1987 Doctor Who
Doctor Who
story Delta and the Bannermen; as Yorick (in silent flashback) in Kenneth Branagh's film version of Shakespeare's Hamlet
Hamlet
in 1996; and as Mr. Mouse in the 1999 television movie adaptation of Alice in Wonderland.[18] Dodd was renowned for the length of his performances, and during the 1960s he earned a place in the Guinness Book of Records
Guinness Book of Records
for the world's longest ever joke-telling session: 1,500 jokes in three and a half hours (7.14 jokes per minute), undertaken at the Royal Court Theatre, Liverpool, where audiences entered the show in shifts.[19] Dodd appeared in many Royal Variety Performances. The last was in 2006, in front of Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, at the London Coliseum.[20] Dodd toured frequently throughout his professional career, performing lengthy shows that often did not finish until after midnight into his eighties. In his final year, he continued to tour the UK extensively, with his comedy, music and variety show. His final performance was on 28 December 2017 at the Echo Arena Auditorium in Liverpool.[21] He said the secret of his success was simply, "I love what I do".[22] Music[edit] Dodd had many hit records, charting on 18 occasions in the UK Top 40, including his first single "Love Is Like a Violin" (1960), produced on Decca Records
Decca Records
by Alex Wharton, which charted at number 8 (UK). His version of Bill Anderson's song "Happiness" charted in 1964 and became Dodd's signature song.[23] Dodd's recording of "Tears" on the Columbia label topped the UK singles chart for five weeks in 1965,[24] becoming the biggest hit single in Britain that year and selling over a million copies in the UK alone. The recording is the third best selling song of the 1960s in Britain;[25] at the time it was the UK's biggest selling single by a solo artist,[26] and remains one of the biggest selling singles of all time. Dodd was selected to perform the song on A Jubilee of Music on BBC One
BBC One
on 31 December 1976, a celebration of the key pop successes of the Queen's first 25 years as Britain's monarch. Dodd had two further UK top ten records: "The River (Le Colline Sono In Fioro)", written by Renato Angiolini with lyrics by Mort Shuman (number 3, 1965); and "Promises", written by Norman Newell and Tom Springfield (number 6, 1966).[24] As well as his successful chart career as a ballad singer, Dodd occasionally released comedy novelty records, including the 1965 EP Doddy and the Diddy Men, featuring the song "Where's Me Shirt?" which Dodd co-wrote.[27] In the 1960s, his fame in the UK was such that he rivalled the Beatles as a household name, and his records have sold millions worldwide.[18] Tax evasion
Tax evasion
court case[edit] In 1989, Dodd was charged with tax evasion. The subsequent trial, with the prosecution case led by Brian Leveson QC, produced several revelations. The Diddy Men, who had appeared in his stage act, were often played by local children from stage schools, and were revealed never to have been paid. Dodd was also revealed to have very little money in his bank account, having £336,000 in cash stashed in suitcases in his attic. When asked by the judge, "What does £100,000 in a suitcase feel like?", Dodd replied, "The notes are very light, M'Lord."[28] He also said: "I am not mean, but I am nervous of money, nervous of having it, nervous of not having it" and described money as "important only because I have nothing else".[29] Dodd was represented by George Carman QC, who in court famously quipped, "Some accountants are comedians, but comedians are never accountants".[30] He described Dodd as "a fantasist stamped with lifelong eccentricities."[29] The trial lasted three weeks; Dodd was acquitted.[30] Despite the strain of the trial, Dodd immediately capitalised on his new-found notoriety with a successful season running from Easter
Easter
to Christmas
Christmas
1990 at the London Palladium. It was there he had previously broken the house record for the longest comedy season at the theatre, in 1965, with a residency lasting 42 weeks. Some of his subsequent material mocked the trial and tax in general. For a while, he introduced his act with the words, "Good evening, my name is Kenneth Arthur Dodd; singer, photographic playboy and failed accountant!"[31] Another memorable gag in regards to the matter was Dodd saying that when income tax was introduced it was a mere 2p in every £1 earned, followed by the punchline "I thought it still was!" [1]. Honours[edit]

The statue of Dodd at Liverpool
Liverpool
Lime Street railway station

He was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire
Officer of the Order of the British Empire
(OBE) in the 1982 New Year Honours for services to show business and charity and was knighted in the 2017 New Year Honours
2017 New Year Honours
for services to entertainment and charity.[32] The award was formally conferred by Prince William, Duke of Cambridge
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge
in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace on 2 March 2017.[33] In 1993 Dodd won Top Variety Entertainer and was also awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award at ITV's British Comedy Awards.[34] In 1994, Dodd appeared in the TV special An Audience with Ken Dodd. The show was a success and introduced him to a younger audience.[2] Dodd later became one of a select few to be given a second show, entitled Another Audience with Ken Dodd
Ken Dodd
and originally broadcast in 2002.[35] He was made a Freeman of the City of Liverpool
Liverpool
in 2001.[36] In a 2005 poll of comedians and comedy insiders to find the 'Comedians' Comedian', Dodd was voted amongst the 'Top 50 Comedy Acts Ever', ranked as number 36.[37] He was made an honorary fellow of Liverpool
Liverpool
John Moores University in 1997. A statue depicting Dodd with his trademark "Tickling Stick" was unveiled in Liverpool
Liverpool
Lime Street railway station in June 2009. It was temporarily removed in 2017 for renovation works.[38] Dodd was inducted into the exclusive show business fraternity, the Grand Order of Water Rats.[39] Dodd was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters
Doctor of Letters
from the University of Chester
University of Chester
at a graduation ceremony in 2009 in Chester Cathedral.[40] He was awarded a Doctorate of Letters at Liverpool
Liverpool
Hope University in 2010 during the university's Foundation Day celebrations.[41] In 2016, Dodd was awarded the Aardman Slapstick Comedy Legend Award, a recognition of his lifetime's contribution to the world of comedy. He received the award as part of the Slapstick Festival in Bristol.[42] Personal life[edit] In 1955, Dodd began a 22 year relationship with Anita Boutin;[43] they were engaged at the time of her death from a brain tumour in 1977, at the age of 45.[29][44] Shortly after her death, Dodd began a relationship with Anne Jones, which lasted from 1978 until his death. They first met in 1961 when Jones appeared in The Ken Dodd
Ken Dodd
Christmas Show at the Manchester Opera House. Dodd married Jones on 9 March 2018, two days before his death.[29][45] Dodd said that one of his biggest regrets in life was that he never had children. It was widely reported that he and Anne were unable to conceive naturally. During his 1989 trial for tax evasion, of which he was acquitted, details of his personal life surfaced in the media and through the press, including revelations that he and Anne had undergone several failed rounds of IVF treatment in an attempt to start a family.[46] In October 2001, a stalker, Ruth Tagg, harassed Dodd and Jones by sending them threatening letters, a dead rat, appearing on the front row at almost all of his live shows during this time, and also attempted to burn down their house by pushing burning rags through the letterbox. The fire caused £11,000 worth of damage to the ground floor of the house. Tagg pleaded guilty to harassment and arson at Preston Crown Court.[47] Death[edit]

Oak House, Dodd's lifelong home, with floral tributes

Dodd died on 11 March 2018 at his home in Knotty Ash, the same home in which he was born and raised, aged 90 after recently being hospitalised for six weeks with a chest infection. He had been touring with his stand-up stage show until 2017. Numerous stars paid tribute, including fellow Liverpudlian Paul McCartney.[48] At his funeral on 28 March, which was led by the Bishop of Liverpool, Paul Bayes, several fans joined the cortege which passed from his Knotty Ash
Knotty Ash
home to Liverpool
Liverpool
Cathedral. The service was attended by actors Ricky Tomlinson, Stephanie Cole
Stephanie Cole
and Miriam Margolyes, comedians Jimmy Tarbuck, Stan Boardman
Stan Boardman
and Jimmy Cricket and television executive Michael Grade. Tickling sticks were placed on various statues around Liverpool
Liverpool
in commemoration. At Liverpool
Liverpool
Town Hall, St George's Hall, the Cunard Building
Cunard Building
and Liverpool
Liverpool
Central Library, flags were lowered to pay respect.[49] Television work[edit] Ken Dodd
Ken Dodd
had numerous television shows and specials over 60 years, including:

The Ken Dodd
Ken Dodd
Show (1959–1969)[50] Doddy's Music Box (1967–1968)[51][52] Ken Dodd
Ken Dodd
and the Diddymen (1969–1972)[53][54] The Ken Dodd
Ken Dodd
Show – LWT (1969)[55] Ken Dodd
Ken Dodd
in Funny You Should Say That (1972)[56][57] Ken Dodd
Ken Dodd
says Stand By Your Beds[58] Ken Dodd's World of Laughter – 3 series, 19 episodes (1974)[59] The Ken Dodd
Ken Dodd
New Year's Eve Special
Special
(1975) The Ken Dodd
Ken Dodd
Show (1978)[60] Dodd on his Todd (1981)[61] Doddy! (1982) Ken Dodd's Showbiz – 6 episodes (1982)[62] Ken Dodd
Ken Dodd
at the London Palladium
London Palladium
(1990) An Audience with Ken Dodd
Ken Dodd
(1994)[63] Another Audience with Ken Dodd
Ken Dodd
(2002)[64] Ken Dodd's Happiness (2007)[65] Talking Comedy (2016)[66] Ken Dodd: In His Own Words (2017)[67]

Other television work[edit] Dodd also appeared in many other programmes, as an actor, performer, or as himself. Appearances include:

The Good Old Days – 15 episodes (1955–1982)[68] Doctor Who
Doctor Who
(1987)[69] A Question of Entertainment – 18 episodes (1988)[70] Hamlet
Hamlet
(1996)[18] Heroes of Comedy (1995–2001) About himself and other comics[71] Dawn French's Boys Who Do Comedy (2007)[72] My Favourite Joke – 4 episodes (2011) The Story of Variety with Michael Grade
Michael Grade
– 2 episodes (2011)[73] Fern Britton Meets...
Fern Britton Meets...
(2013)[74]

Radio series[edit]

The Ken Dodd
Ken Dodd
Show (1963–1973)[75][76][77] Ken Dodd's Palace of Laughter (1986-1987)[78] Ken Dodd: How Tickled I've Been (2007)[79]

UK chart singles[edit]

Title Release date Chart position UK Singles[80] Notes

"Love Is Like a Violin" 7 July 1960 8

"Once in Every Lifetime" 15 June 1961 28

"Pianissimo" 1 February 1962 21

"Still" 29 August 1963 35

"Eight by Ten" 6 February 1964 22

"Happiness" 23 July 1964 31

"So Deep Is the Night" 26 November 1964 31

"Tears" 2 September 1965 1 Sold over 1.5 million copies; 39th best-selling single of all time in the UK

"The River (Le colline sono in fiore)" 18 November 1965 3 with Geoff Love and his Orchestra

"Promises" 12 May 1966 6

"More Than Love" 4 August 1966 14

"It's Love" 27 October 1966 36

"Let Me Cry on Your Shoulder" 19 January 1967 11

"Tears Won't Wash Away These Heartaches" 30 July 1969 22

"Brokenhearted" 5 December 1970 15

"When Love Comes Round Again (L'arca di Noè)" 10 July 1971 19

"Just Out of Reach (Of My Two Empty Arms)" 18 November 1972 29

"Think of Me (Wherever You Are)" 29 November 1975 21

"Hold My Hand" 26 December 1981 44

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Further reading[edit]

Billington, Michael (1977). How Tickled I am: Celebration of Ken Dodd. London: Elm Tree Books. ISBN 978-024-1893-456.  Griffin, Stephen (2005). Ken Dodd: The Biography. London: Michael O'Mara. ISBN 978-184-3171-232. 

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v t e

Best-selling singles by year in the United Kingdom

1952–1969

1952: "Auf Wiederseh'n Sweetheart" – Vera Lynn
Vera Lynn
(UK) 1953: "I Believe" – Frankie Laine 1954: "Secret Love" – Doris Day 1955: "Rose Marie" – Slim Whitman 1956: "I'll Be Home" – Pat Boone 1957: "Diana" – Paul Anka 1958: "Jailhouse Rock" – Elvis Presley 1959: "Living Doll" – Cliff Richard
Cliff Richard
(UK) 1960: "It's Now or Never" – Elvis Presley 1961: "Wooden Heart" – Elvis Presley 1962: "I Remember You" – Frank Ifield (UK) 1963: "She Loves You" – The Beatles
The Beatles
(UK) 1964: "Can't Buy Me Love" – The Beatles
The Beatles
(UK) 1965: "Tears" – Ken Dodd
Ken Dodd
(UK) 1966: "Green, Green Grass of Home" – Tom Jones (UK) 1967: "Release Me" – Engelbert Humperdinck (UK) 1968: "Hey Jude" – The Beatles
The Beatles
(UK) 1969: "Sugar, Sugar" – The Archies

1970–1989

1970: "The Wonder of You" – Elvis Presley 1971: "My Sweet Lord" – George Harrison
George Harrison
(UK) 1972: "Amazing Grace" – The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards
Royal Scots Dragoon Guards
Band (UK) 1973: "Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree" – Tony Orlando and Dawn 1974: "Tiger Feet" – Mud (UK) 1975: "Bye Bye Baby" – Bay City Rollers
Bay City Rollers
(UK) 1976: "Save Your Kisses for Me" – Brotherhood of Man
Brotherhood of Man
(UK) 1977: "Mull of Kintyre" / "Girls' School" – Wings (UK) 1978: "Rivers of Babylon" / "Brown Girl in the Ring" – Boney M. 1979: "Bright Eyes" – Art Garfunkel 1980: "Don't Stand So Close to Me" – The Police
The Police
(UK) 1981: "Don't You Want Me" – The Human League
The Human League
(UK) 1982: "Come On Eileen" – Dexys Midnight Runners
Dexys Midnight Runners
(UK) 1983: "Karma Chameleon" – Culture Club
Culture Club
(UK) 1984: "Do They Know It's Christmas?" – Band Aid (UK) 1985: "The Power of Love" – Jennifer Rush 1986: "Don't Leave Me This Way" – The Communards (UK) 1987: "Never Gonna Give You Up" – Rick Astley
Rick Astley
(UK) 1988: "Mistletoe and Wine" – Cliff Richard
Cliff Richard
(UK) 1989: "Ride on Time" – Black Box

1990–2009

1990: "Unchained Melody" – The Righteous Brothers 1991: "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" – Bryan Adams 1992: "I Will Always Love You" – Whitney Houston 1993: "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)" – Meat Loaf 1994: "Love Is All Around" – Wet Wet Wet
Wet Wet Wet
(UK) 1995: "Unchained Melody" – Robson & Jerome (UK) 1996: "Killing Me Softly" – Fugees 1997: "Something About the Way You Look Tonight" / "Candle in the Wind 1997" – Elton John
Elton John
(UK) 1998: "Believe" – Cher 1999: "...Baby One More Time" – Britney Spears 2000: "Can We Fix It?" – Bob the Builder
Bob the Builder
(UK) 2001: "It Wasn't Me" – Shaggy featuring Rikrok
Rikrok
(UK) 2002: "Anything Is Possible" / "Evergreen" – Will Young
Will Young
(UK) 2003: "Where Is the Love?" – The Black Eyed Peas 2004: "Do They Know It's Christmas?" – Band Aid 20 (UK) 2005: "Is This the Way to Amarillo" – Tony Christie
Tony Christie
featuring Peter Kay (UK) 2006: "Crazy" – Gnarls Barkley 2007: "Bleeding Love" – Leona Lewis
Leona Lewis
(UK) 2008: "Hallelujah" – Alexandra Burke
Alexandra Burke
(UK) 2009: "Poker Face" – Lady Gaga

2010–present

2010: "Love the Way You Lie" – Eminem
Eminem
featuring Rihanna 2011: "Someone Like You" – Adele
Adele
(UK) 2012: "Somebody That I Used to Know" – Gotye
Gotye
featuring Kimbra 2013: "Blurred Lines" – Robin Thicke
Robin Thicke
featuring T.I.
T.I.
& Pharrell Williams 2014: "Happy" – Pharrell Williams 2015: "Uptown Funk" – Mark Ronson
Mark Ronson
(UK) featuring Bruno Mars 2016: "One Dance" – Drake featuring Wizkid and Kyla (UK) 2017: "Shape of You" - Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran
(UK)

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WorldCat Identities VIAF: 85590071 LCCN: n77012729 ISNI: 0000 0003 8593 4541 GND: 130525332 MusicBrainz: 1632e145-800c-47da-b2a4-bdde648a7

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