Monday, 12 March 2018

RIP Ken Dodd

Another legend gone - Ken Dodd, one of a kind and the last in the great music hall tradition, has passed away at the age of 90.

Watching him leave hospital almost a fortnight ago was a bittersweet experience; he looked incredibly frail from the chest infection that had laid him low for several weeks but he still managed to smile and joke with reporters, fans and hospital staff because, for Doddy, the show must go on. A fascinating character, he had the ability to keep audiences in stitches for marathon shows but away from the limelight he was conversely a very private and indeed shy man, as my friend who was his neighbour in Knotty Ash would testify. I think this portrait from David Cobley manages to capture both these sides to his character, depicting him backstage and 'off duty' yet still suggesting the performance thanks to the mirrors and him holding court with an unseen private audience.

Today may be a sad day, but it's important to remember just how much happiness Ken Dodd gave us all



  1. Just read on Twitter: "I knew there was going to be a war - I walked past Vera Lynn's house and heard her gargling."

  2. I knew you would have something about Doddy today - He was one of the first people I remember from watching grainy black and white telly but one minute he was singing ballads like Tears for Souvenirs then the next he was appearing with the Diddy Men and waving his tickling stick around - All very confusing for a 5-year-old.

    Always interesting to have a friend who knew the actual man, away from the greasepaint. Love that he came from Knotty Ash, a place I thought was fictional until I was much older.

  3. I have his autograph from when he used to do the Briars Hey Gala in Rainhill back in the 80s and 90s. I always got the impression he was rather shy when not performing so it's interesting to have that confirmed.