but at his age a fall in a police cell could be quite serious!
Of the five best selling singles of the sixties, four were by the Beatles. The fifth one was this -
(2002 figures - 19th biggest selling single of all time)
I enjoyed this interview with Doddy. At 77, the show he is currently touring lasts five hours. He denied that in his relationship with his audience there were elements of Stockholm Syndrome. Rather, happiness is what it is all about.
With passing references not only to Frank Randle and Tommy Trinder but Emerson, Schopenhauer and Freud, Dodd showed that there was more to him than just a tickle stick. He pays meticulous attention to his craft.
The notebooks he has kept since 1954 put me in mind of the late Bob Monkhouse who had similar hidden depths. Two years away from his 60th year in the business, it is hard not to respect his dedication, whatever you might think of his "very funny jokes".
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While the Beatles arguably represented the apex in creative pop music, Ken Dodd's "Tears" illustrates that tastes in popular music might not have deteriorated as much as the likes of me sometimes think.
Ken Dodd humour example, not word-perfect but more-or-less along these lines:
"I went to the Proms. This fellow asked me, 'What do you think of Brahms?'. 'Best thing ever invented for pushing babies around in', I told him".
"Politicians are like babies' nappies - they have to be changed from time to time for the same reason"