Walter Bygraves, 16 October 1922, London, England. Performing as a soloist in his school choir and employing Max Miller impressions in the RAF, with music hall dates in the late 40s, led Bygraves quickly to his recording debut and first Royal Command Performance in 1950. His debut record, with the Carroll Gibbons Band, contained impressions of Al Jolson, and was followed by a string of novelty hits through the 50s such as Cowpunchers Cantata, Heart Of My Heart, Gilly Gilly Ossenfeffer Katzenellen Bogen By The Sea, Meet Me On The Corner, You Need Hands/Tulips From Amsterdam, Jingle Bell Rock and Fings Aint Wot They Used To Be. On the popular BBC radio show Educating Archie, scripted by comedian Eric Sykes, he gave a receptive nation catchphrases such as a good idea son! and bighead!. Bygraves became enormously popular on stage and...
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