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Sunday, 26 October 2014

Ken Dodd

English comedian Ken Dodd was born on November 8, 1927 in Knotty Ash, Liverpool.

He was the second of three children of a coal merchant, Arthur Dodd, and wife Sarah (née Gray).

Dodd with his "tickling sticks"
Ken Dodd is an accomplished ventriloquist. His first 'dummy pal' was called Charlie Brown.

In 1965 Ken Dodd topped the UK singles charts for five weeks with his version of the 1930s ballad “Tears.”

"Tears" was the biggest hit in UK in 1965, selling 1,521,000 copies. There was a certain irony that the best selling record of the year was not by The Beatles but still by a Liverpudlian.

In 1967 Ken Dodd set a world record for the longest joke-telling session, telling 1,500 jokes in three and a half hours.

In 1989, during a trial for tax evasion — for which he was acquitted —  Ken Dodd admitted to keeping £ 336,000 in his attic, describing it as ‘a nest egg’.

Ken Dodd keeps a ‘giggle map’ of Britain to record which jokes go down best in which parts of the country.

He once played a record-breaking of 42 sold-out weeks at the London Palladium

Ken Dodd lived in his childhood home in Knotty Ash, Liverpool all his life.

Dodd married his partner of 40 years, Anne Jones, on March 9, 2018 at their home in Knotty Ash, after being released from hospital following six weeks of treatment for a chest infection.. He died two days later on March 11, 2018.

Source Wirral Globe

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