Ken Dodd

Genres: Easy Listening Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 2000s

Biography

8 November 1927, Liverpool, England. Primarily one of Britain’s all-time great stand-up comedians, Dodd has also had a successful recording career singing romantic ballads in a warm mezzo-tenor voice. His only comedy record - as the Diddy Men in 1965 - was a flop. He grew up in Liverpool and sang in a church choir before developing a comedy act as Professor Yaffle Chuckabutty, Operatic Tenor and Sausage Knotter, in which he sang comic versions of well-known songs. Dodd worked in sales before becoming a professional comic in 1954, playing theatres and summer shows at Blackpool’s Central Pier, where he topped the bill in 1958. This led to appearances at the London Palladium and a television series in the 60s. Like other comedians of his generation, Dodd was a competent singer and frequently closed his shows with a romantic ballad. In 1960 he signed to Decca Records and recorded ‘Love Is Like A Violin’, a 20s ballad which became a Top 10 hit. This...

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