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Les Dawson - An Evening With Les Dawson 1976 (UK)

On: Thursday, October 4, 2012

Les Dawson
Birth name
Feb 02 1931 - June 10 1993 age 62
Official Site

Les Dawson was a popular Lancashire comedian, known for his deadpan style. Dawson was a curmudgeon, famous for jokes about his mother-in-law and his wife.
Dawson began his entertainment career as a club pianist ("I finally heard some applause from a bald man and said 'thank you for clapping me' and he said 'I'm not clapping - I'm slapping me head to keep awake.'"), but found that he got more laughs by playing wrong notes and complaining to the audience. He made his television debut in the talent show, Opportunity Knocks, and was seldom absent from British television screens in the years that followed. His best known routines featured Roy Barraclough and Dawson as two elderly women, Cissie Braithwaite and Ada Sidebottom who, having worked in a mill in their youth, spoke some words aloud and mouthed others--particularly those pertaining to bodily functions and sex; they also repeatedly pushed up their bosoms, in pantomime dame style, an act copied faithfully from his hero, Norman Evans. Dawson's humour, though earthy, was seldom coarse, and he was as popular with female as with male audiences."
A very funny man and in reality he could play the piano really well. Most of this record is comedy routines but I have extracted two "musical" interludes for your enjoyment, or not as the case may be! A bargain at 49p! Boot Sale Sounds

01 Our Love Story
02 The Bells Are Ringing For Me And My Gal
03 My Blue Heaven

04 I Can't Control Myself
05 Jeremiah Fisher Song
06 Show Me The Way To Go Home
07 Goodbye (From White Horse Inn)
08 Bye Bye Blackbird

Contour Records 2870 516

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