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How Ken Dodd rubbed shoulders with The Beatles in the charts

How Ken Dodd rubbed shoulders with The Beatles in the charts

Celebrated comedian and actor Ken Dodd has passed away at the age of 90 just two days after marrying his partner of 40 years, his publicist has said.

Dodd was "most famous for his longevity - the length of his career, the 42-week span of his record-breaking run at the London Palladium in 1965, but (most of all) for the duration of his performances", says The Guardian.

Known as "the last great music hall" entertainer, Dodd's act consisted of brilliant one-liners, music and variety acts. There is no one else that comes close.

Sir Ken Dodd was a regular and favourite fixture on the Congress Theatre summer season, playing to sell out houses at the 1,600 seat venue and keeping the audiences laughing into the small hours with shows which often went into five hours or more.

A woman from Middleton near Corby has paid tribute to her "great friend" Sir Ken Dodd.

"He died two days later on Mother's Day".

"Anne is obviously very upset", he continued.

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"He was a comedy legend and a genius". They had been together for 40 years.

According to the Liverpool Echo, they received a call from Holmes about the news of the star's death in the early hours, where he expressed his sadness but also happiness that the couple were able to become man and wife: 'It is so sad, but what is so lovely is that Ken was able to marry his beloved Anne in a private ceremony at home on Friday'.

"It's a love story to beat them all".

Sir Ken, brandishing a tickling stick and greeted by his Diddy Men, had vowed to carry on with his tattyfilarious comedy when he left hospital last month.

"I am not often lost for words, but I feel the need to express my honest gratitude to all those who have taken the time and trouble to send cards, messages and expressions of goodwill during my stay in hospital".

The Diocese of Liverpool said it would be announcing details of Sir Ken's funeral at a later stage. It was the third biggest-selling single of the decade, and remains one of the UK's best-selling singles of all time.

As well as being knighted in 2017, Dodd was awarded a string of other honours over the years, including an OBE and an honorary fellowship from the University of Chester.


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